Understanding styles and developing your own sense of style begins with knowledge. In my last blog I provided an overview of some common and most-loved styles. In this blog we continue that process. Please return your seats, class is in session.
When it comes to home interiors, ever wonder what your style is—or what you wish it could be? For many people style can seem like a grand mystery reserved exclusively for champagne-sipping professionals. The good news is that while complex, narrowly defined styles have their place, for most people style is quite simple. The really good news is that understanding style is simple, too.
Let’s set the scene. Your master bedroom has looked the same for quite some time and you’re ready for a change. You want to go for it—a whole new look and feel for your room. The good news is, your honey is on board with you. The bad news is, your honey is on board with you. What?! While it may be easy to agree on changing the room, agreeing on what to change…not so much. This is enough to stop a lot of people from trying, but I’m here to tell you that compromise is possible. In fact, compromise is king! In almost every situation, you can find a way to merge two tastes in one space.
If you’re a DIYer, good for you! DIY lets you be creative. It challenges you to endure a little pain to experience the pride of making your home beautiful on your own. The only thing better than admiring your new handmade pergola is also knowing all the cashola you saved in the process. However, unless you’re a professional, you should have enough humility to realize your limitations. Knowing when to “throw in the trowel” can be tricky, so in this blog I’ll share key factors to consider to help you determine when to go with a pro.
Spring has sprung and, depending on your part of the country, that means garage sales—or yard sales. In a garage, on a yard, or spread across the driveway, you can find unique stuff for little money, and I’m addicted! If you’re hooked, too, forget the 12-step program. I’ve got something much better: seven steps to make your garage sale excursions more fun and fruitful.
Whether you’re spring cleaning, clearing out the room of a college student kidlet or just looking to make more livable space in your home, it may be time to host a good, old-fashioned garage sale. It’s as American as letting your house become a frustrating repository for way too much stuff. Garage sales can be very enjoyable or very much the opposite of enjoyable depending on your motivation and your approach. As a veteran garage “saler” let me help you avoid rough waters with five steps for success.
Have you ever looked at a room in your home and wondered why it looks blah? Do you despise the cookie-cutter look but don’t know how to un-cookie it? And why doesn’t your room look like the rooms on your favorite home improvement shows? Here are five tips of easy things to introduce to make any space in your home more interesting.
Spring has sprung! That means you may have spring fever, cabin fever, or I-just-wanna-change fever. If you’re a regular reader of my blogs, you know my advice to cure almost any disorder is to paint it away. Nothing like a change of color to change your mood! This time I’m going to throw you a curve ball and provide five, easy ideas to add color and change the mood of a room without painting it.
If you are thinking about painting a wall, table, cabinet or almost any other surface in your home, you could save yourself time, energy, grief and money by understanding paint finishes and the difference between them. This knowledge will help ensure that your finish not only looks the way you want but also cleans easily and holds up well.
Nothing freshens up a room quicker, more dramatically, and more affordably than painting. I consider paint to be magic in a can. But a fear of choosing colors can prevent people from pursuing even an easy paint project. Aha! Who’s the odd one now! If you happen to be a victim of color paralysis, read on and soon you’ll have the confidence to bring color into your home and your life.