I often get asked if I would come to someones house and help decorate and make a plan for designing their home. I always tell them to start a Wish (idea) Book. Today you don’t have to have a binder, not with the internet, you can just create a Folder on your computer Desktop as you search the internet for items that you love.
My first wish book was made in 1986 and it was’t my last.
Every time i bought a magazine or found an article it went in my binder.
Fixer Upper kind of gave me permission in a weird way to just go for it. When that show came out I thought ok, I’m not that weird after all in how I like to decorate. I get so much Inspiration from Joanna and don’t miss a show!
Now especially with Pinterest, there are so many people willing to share their ideas and DIY projects.
But where do you start?
Since it’s January, pick One room you want to take on first and make a plan.
1. No matter what room you start with, look at color and texture. Our paint is called Morning Fog and almost looks grayish white but it’s in the blue family. I also ended up really loving white. It is a color don’t ya know and I Love using white on white. Before just painting the wall, do yourself a favor and get sample paints, paint a small area on every wall and wait for 24 hrs at least looking at your walls in all the different lighting from morning to night. It will save a lot of money, hair pulling and your marriage lol. Speaking from experience there!
I’m ridiculous with pillows..I Love pillows but I will not spend the money for Pottery Barn Pillows..I can’t afford to. So check out Home Goods Pillows. They’re pretty great and the price is right!
2. Lighting: This can be changed pretty easily so that might be a good way to start. When renovating our home, just the industrial lights we put in set the tone for how we would accessorize this Lake House.
3. Wall Decor: I worked with a company years ago called “Heart of the Home” and when they trained us to do a Photo Grouping or any grouping for that matter, they taught us to place your larger photos or accessory on the left and try to stay with odd #s in the grouping. 3’s, 5’s etc… It was explained to view a wall like you’re writing a sentence, starting with a Capital. I do that for groupings but I do mix it up if I have a lot of larger pieces. It’s just a way to start. Lay it out on the floor first. That always helps in spacing.
Mix in some statement pieces. For instance the Coat Rack and the Horse Yoke add dimension I think is needed, It can be shelves, or baskets, Metal initials….anything goes I think. The Frames were some old ones I found at a garage sale and painted with white chalk paint then distressed the edges. Most of my frames are garage sale finds.Share with me what you do!
4. Flooring: If you can’t do anything about changing your floor you can always use area rugs, even over carpet. Lowe’s has an incredible line right now. What I like about these rugs is they don’t shed much for a thick pile rug. My daughter in law bought a real nice area rug at Costco so I guess what I’m trying to say is it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg for a good carpet.. the thicker the pile the more shedding there will be so be aware.
So this is a start..next is accessorizing and that’s where it really gets fun for me..I like hunting as you’ve seen in garage sales, antique stores, even trash bins to find items that I can use to upcycle into something pretty fun!