There has been absolutely one top priority since we moved into our new house last November. Our company and our amazing followers. But, now that summer is really here I’ve been more lenient with myself on weekends. Instead of working through them I’ve spent the last few dreaming. I’ve formed a plan on how we can realistically take on our house woes while still staying focused on everything that owning a small business requires daily.
Here’s the plan.
1.) Keep the walls, change the colors & textures.
Typically, when we tell friends we are redecorating a room they’ve learned to assume it involves demo and rebuilding. Believe me, there are areas in this house where that is certainly tempting. However, for the most part, we are going to focus on keeping a lot of what is already there, and layer textures, textiles, and color throughout the space that represent our style in a way that can be achieved on a weekend or even after work when we can manage.
2.) Buy great quality things ONE time.
I think it is very easy to get distracted from what truly speaks to your design soul when we’re constantly flooded with trendy designs that come and go. I know I’ve been guilty in the past of settling for what might be easy to access and less expensive at a big box store.
My new motto is this: Ignore design trends. Listen to my gut. Buy quality when my mind is truly made up.
I don’t even want to know how much we've spent over the years on seasonal trends that aren’t great quality only to hate them two months later. That ends now. It’s wasteful and ridiculous. If we see something and love it, we now refuse to care if it’s what is popular.
There's nothing better than a gas range that gets your excited to cook or a truly soft and quality statement rug. Things like that are what we're taking our time to find. If that means saving up to buy this time around then that's what we're going to do. Taking our time also makes us slow down and really think about what we want each piece of a room to really look like in the end and not settle for something that KIND OF works.
3.) Our house is our home, not a hotel.
We need to make our spaces personal. Modeling our home after a hotel room or stock photo that is meant to appeal to the masses disconnects us from the space. We will fill these spaces with personal quirky items regardless if they “match” perfectly or appeal to the tastes of everyone that comes to visit. We get a lot of family and friends who come to stay for long periods of time. We used to make the whole house more "neutral" so that everyone we love who spends time here felt comfortable. Although we absolutely want them to still feel comfortable we have decided to stop tip-toeing around bold colors or "weird" art in order to do so. They love us, they don't care. It was silly to think that mattered, to begin with.
4.)Use what we already have & love.
Nothing is more personal that the items we have that remind us of the people we love. We are lucky enough to have a great deal of our family's heirlooms. We're refusing to tuck them away because they don't match our current style. Instead, we're making them the focal point of everything else that comes into our rooms because we know our love for them will withstand the test of time.
5.) Plants are important.
Steve and I don’t ever feel quite as at home as when we have living plants and bouquets in the house. We plan to grow indoor plants year round and have started a cut flower garden bed to help us enjoy beautiful seasonal bouquets on the cheap during the warmer months.
6.) Design for US and YOU.
As we go, we always think of pieces that we can’t find in any store that would be a statement piece for a room. Such as really great shelf brackets or tile. I’ve found that some of our most popular selling items were things we originally had a need for in our own lives.
When that happens, we’re going to do our best to make them for both our home and yours and make them available on our web store.
7.) Buy when we travel.
NOT a plastic snow globe of the Statue of Liberty but something that is great quality and will last. For example, a print from a local artist or a flea market find from a far away town. That’s what we’re keep our eye out for. The objects in our home should all carry their own little story. Nothing is worse than not feeling a special connection when you look around at the items in your own house.
8.) Use what we’re drawn to — in multiples.
Naturally, I am drawn to antique china and fun eclectic dish ware. If it's handmade that's an even bigger selling point for me. Steve has a fascination with antique tools. We plan to collect and incorporate both of those into the house as wall decor.
So, That’s the plan moving forward. Now, I’ve got to get myself back into my studio where the wall decor always comes second to functionality and getting beautifully designed orders out on time! ;-)