When we bought our house I was twenty-seven years old. I was thrilled to have a house! But what was I possibly going to do with the 4,000 square feet of blank canvas sprawling in front of me, mocking me? It was a brand new house spec house, which means the builder's "designer" chose the shade of cream that was on every single wall. The exterior was/is an awesome shade of navy blue, which made me feel a little better. I filled (well, not quite) the main floor of our new ranch-style home with hand-me-down furniture in shades of hunter green and almost-black stained wood furniture.
After about a year of cream and hunter green, I wanted my house to be cute. But I had no clue how to make it cute because the truth is... I sucked.
P.S. All the photos in this post are of my house... post-sucking.
I didn't need her anymore because I follow these tips I'm about to give you...
Tip #2: Study Up! When I decided I wanted to get better at decorating I thought about going back to school and getting a degree in Interior Design. But then I realized that, um, I already have two Bachelor degrees and three kids. That was a no-go. So instead I found used Interior Design text books online and read them. I skipped the boring parts ;) Now when I look at rooms on Pinterest, I do more than admire them, I study their elements, I notice what makes them work, and I think about how to replicate them.
Tip #3: Choose a Theme. At first my husband and I couldn't decide on ANYTHING. The designer I had hired suggested that we each, separately, tear out photos from magazines. We did and we compared them, with her help as the mediator. It was miraculous! We actually found something we agreed on. We were able to find a similar theme in the rooms that we both loved. We ended up deciding on, what I like to call, Romantic Beach House. This exercise was so invaluable. Now when I decorate, I just stick to our theme and everyone is happy. Plus I don't have an identity crisis every time I go to TJ Maxx because I'm sure of my style and if an item doesn't work with it, then I don't buy it. Easy!
Tip #5: Get the Right Tools. So importante! When choosing paint colors, don't grab a hand full of paint samples at the hardware store. Invest in a color fan from a professional paint store. It's so much more effective to choose paint when you can see all the choices. And so often the color you think you want isn't the right color for your room after all!
Tip #6: It'll Come. I played volleyball. I started when I was about 12. Now, I'm tall, 5'11". At 12 I was about 5'9". I was skinny. And, let's be nice to me and say, lacking in coordination. But the volleyball coach wanted my height and was willing to train me to play. I have no idea how many times that man said to me, "It'll come." Every time I hit the ball in the net, he was there to tell me, "It'll come." Know what, it did come. Turns out, I was a really good volleyball player after all. It look a lot of practice and a lot of trial and error. The same is true for learning to do anything, even decorating. It's hard to learn anything new. But anything can be learned!
What do you think? Comments? Questions?