Fabrics, textures, fresh paper, fonts, lighting, furniture placement and wall paint, oh my. These are a few of the things that stir my heart. Deep down inside, I’m a wannabe interior designer.
But I have stipulations in this make-believe profession of mine. My house is my canvas. There’s no timeline, deadline, method or rules. Anything I like fits into my scheme and I can start, progress and complete when I like.
See, that’s the best part of decorating your space. I think of it as a wondrous process, not a final result but an ever evolving museum reflecting you and your life. The places you’ve traveled, memories and photos, steals you find along the way, art that moved you deeply at a time in your life long ago, a handmade quilt from a family member you love, driftwood from a memorable walk on the beach, a chandelier found at a junk store while traveling.
These are the elements that help create character in your space.
I like to think my house serves as a backdrop too for all the photos and videos we take here. I love to look at photos of my brothers and me growing up and note how things were set up then, at my mom’s taste and knack for decorating. She called her style”eclectic”. I call mine “anything goes”. I guess it’s the same thing kinda. I recently received this book in the mail and upon reading it from cover to cover my mind was blown, there’s now a major following of the method of having no method.
It’s really freeing, don’t you think?
Don’t get me wrong, if I could shell out the dough to have my entire house decorated with High Fashion Home everything, I might consider it. I might also spontaneously combust at the overwhelming prospect of such a task in oh my gogi, where do I start, but…
Well, I guess I was going to use HFH to prove a point and now I’ve gotten distracted with a daydream. Hahaha. I’m terrible.
Getting back on track, my simple approach to decorating involves a few focus points:
1. Use what you already have. If you don’t like it, paint it, throw some chains on it, ask “What Would Nate Berkus Do?”
2. Buy things you love. If you see something at Home Goods that truly stirs your heart, but the voice of your design expert friend is in your head saying “Oh girl, really?”, get it anyway. If you love it, you can make it work in your space. 90% of making an outfit work is about having confidence to walk it out and own it. Design is the same way.
3. Paint your wall(s). Oh I love paint, how ever do I love wall paint. With the right color, it can drastically or even just subtly change the feel of a room and doesn’t require payment of your firstborn.
4. Don’t get intimidated, be inspired. I tend to get discouraged so easily when I go to friends’ houses and don’t even care about visiting with them, but would rather walk about and take note of everything they own and devise a way to steal it all. The ideas, not the stuff. I’m not a thief, come on. I tend to feel inadequate and as though I’m so far behind because they apparently have it together and all cool looking. Instead I want to work on leaving a space and thinking to myself “I just grew creatively back there and I’m inspired. And I’m so glad I snatched that amazing lamp in my purse.” JUST KIDDING.
5. Eliminate clutter. Every time we’ve moved, DK packs a box and titles it “Liz’s knickknacks” to which I promptly fire back with “They’re MEMORIES!” Okay, so maybe I have some things I’ve collected from my travels that I like to place on my shelves with my collection of books. I don’t need to justify myself. Yet somehow… I think I just did. Anyway, I frequently go through our house and clear out everything on the floor, on surfaces, in the closets and on the shelves and do a clutter check. The result is always refreshing and so refreshing. Absolutely refreshing.
In closing, I never claim to be anywhere near an at expert at this, I just LOVE talking about design, reading about it, perusing the aisles of it and stretching my mind in it’s never ending possibilities. I wish there was some way I could express in words how much I love Before and After home makeover pics, and part of me wants to finish this post now so I can check one of my favorite blogs before Jordan wakes up from her nap.
Isn’t life great? Have a beautiful day. I hope you got to see Endeavor fly over Houston cause I missed it literally by 3 minutes. More on that tomorrow.