If you’re sick of looking at your run down, outdated or just boring room in your home, I’m with you. I have the tendency to put away items seasonly and add some fresh items of color and texture. Styles change so I like to add a new item or two to my room in addition to seasonal flowers. I love real stems but I also used faux. If used correctly, they can have a fresh and great impact on your room.
To freshen a dull room:
- Fill holes & paint them in for a cohesive complete room
- If you want to change out your paint color then do it-you won’t regret it
- Get rid off all clutter (I can’t stress enough-most important)- items you don’t like, use or are functional in your room
- Consider rearranging your furniture
- Add new throw pillow and blankets for color and texture
- Update family pictures in your frames
- Add seasonal flowers & accessories (such a shells, drift wood, or any other collections)
- Change out your lighting-lamp shades and or your over head lighting could be cleaned or updated
This before and after has a lot of changes but some simple ones any body could do.
- Paint made a big difference in this living room
- Painting the mantel softened the wall
- Mirror and art swapped out
- Larger rug to create a bigger feeling room
- If you don’t have it in your budget to change your chairs and sofas, consider reapolsetry and arrangement
If you find this to be all too much, then get help. Set a price & stick within that range to change your dull room to a space that makes you happy. There isn’t anything better than loving the space you live in.
I love working with people already own. That way it’s more affordable and may take some imagination and leg work but in the long run you’d be surprised at how things can be transformed.
My house has exposed wood beams and everyone seems to enjoy how different they make the room feel. I find that when wood beams, bricks or early wood floors are added or exposed in a home, it adds so much depth and character to a home without trying. Here are some examples of rooms that feel like they have a touch of history to them. What I love about all these rooms is they don’t feel entirely ‘old’, the historical elements add character to these updated rooms. Classic mix!
I’m picky about what I’ll display in my home or clients homes. I do like rooms to feel personal and decided my mantle needed our last name initial. This DIY was pretty simple and recommend you making your own.
Supplies you need: Burlap, paint, pencil, font type, glue, and frame
The process: Find the frame you’ll be using first. Make sure it fits well on your mantel and I recommend using a glassless frame. If you use a frame with glass then glue your fabric on the glass.
Measure the area inside of the frame. Cut your fabric to size. No worries if you’re off a bit, as I was then just grabbed some trim I had and glued that layer on to cover my mistakes. You can use any kind of plain fabric. I like added texture, so went for burlap.
Find the font you want to use. There are so many fonts out there. Check out tootledoo designs, as they are amazing! You can write anything you want, a full monogram, entire last name, or just an initial. You may want to enlarge one of the fonts and copy it, make a stencil and trace on your fabric, or freehand it using pencil.
Once you’ve drawn your letter, go ahead and use a smaller brush to apply paint (any kind works) on the outline of the letter. Then fill in the entire letter with paint.
After the paint drys decide if your letter needs anything else. You may want to outline the letter in another color, or glitter…think about what makes sense with your style. Go ahead and use clear glue on the surface of your frame. Affix your fabric and let dry. Add any additional trim on the inside of your frame.
There is nothing more magical to me than seeing All White. When I look outside after a fresh snowfall. I admire an all white outfit and even more so an entire room in white. Here are my all White picks. . . . oh so fun!
When it comes to giving a gift why not give something handmade. When someone is taking their energy to create a handcrafted good, I call it Art. There is nothing I find more beautiful than when I know someone handmade a great gift.
Birch bark Journal by Three Trees Bindry
Layered Wooden Cross Candle Corset by Fine and Funky Designs
Linen Napkins by Pillow Link
Gold, Pearls & Leather Necklace by LiatGiladJewellery
Gold Zag Try by Up in the Air Somewhere
Faux Wolf fur Pillows (set 2) by Salvani
I love hosting a party, and even more so in the blooms of summer when everything is bright and sunny. Hosting a garden party is my idea of girly perfection. When I think of garden party I think of…..china, pink, flowers, cake, linens, doilies, refreshing drinks, colorful table covers, mason jars, freshly cut flowers, hanging lights, desserts, fruit and vintage anything! Here are some of my inspirations. Jealous? Then start planning now!
Neutral designs are happening with taupe and gray everywhere, even in my own home! What I love about using these two colors is that they are so calming, classic, old world, a bit of traditional meets modern and oh so neutral! Here are some of my favorite gray and taupe designs.
Farrow & Ball
Houzz- Lauren Nelson
I’m in love with all white, especially on it’s own it’s a statement. If you dare…..here are some all white inspirations!