Have you ever made a snowman? You start with a snowball and stand at the top of a hill and start rolling the little cute innocent snowball down the hill. Pretty soon it is picking up every bit of snow that rolls under its path. The snowball just grows and grows until it gets to the bottom of the hill and by then it is H U G E!!!! I think decorating can be the same way! It starts out with one small innocent project and it grows and grow and takes on a life of its own! Today I have a few tips for taming the decorating snowball…
Today is Practically Speaking. We talk about and tackle decorating in a practical, no nonsense way. I try to give you a little bit of decorating wisdom or food for thought.
Today we are talking about EASY FALL DECORATING! Wow, we have lots of fun and easy ideas for you. The three of us love fall and could have probably talked about fall decor all afternoon. But don’t worry, we kept it to about 30 minutes!
Let me tell you a tale of a recent decorating snowball …
I decided (for photographic purposes) to add a large sisal rug to the living room. Then I put the zebra hide on top of the sisal rug. The addition of the larger rug turned out much better than I thought. And I actually liked it a lot. Really, the whole thing should have stopped there!
The rug was like an innocent little snowball. But it started to roll!
And far be it for me to stop a rolling snowball!
So the snowball picked up speed! From there I thought…(picture a thought bubble coming from my head) “I’d love to move the Daniel Kessler painting to the other side of the room and put an interesting mirror in its place. The living room has no mirror. And maybe add a tall piece with shelved across the room to hang my Kessler piece over. And fill the shelves with white leather books (my new crush) and interesting urns and other great decor pieces. Oooooh, like a trio of gilded sea urchins and white abalone boxes mixed with vintage chippy corbels”.
The snowball started to roll even faster, as in fast like a bullet train…
“And I’d like to replace the drapes in the living room but that means also replacing the drapes in the dining room because they are the same. And maybe get a big, big sisal rug for the dining room and put my indoor/outdoor rug over it. And rip out the outdated built in china cabinet in the corner of the dining room. Yes, that would look so much better.”
The snowball was taking on a life of its own…
And of course, that means working on the foyer between the living room and the dining room! Definitely adding a sisal rug to the foyer and layering the black and white striped rug on top of it. And a new chair by the buffet would look nice and a new throw and a pillow!”
“Oh, and I’ve been thinking about painting the back of my door. Not black anymore but another color. I should think about that more… OOOOOOR… replacing the door although! I would love a door with a window to match the transom and sidelights. But I want one I can paint. And speaking of paint, a new door color would be nice. I have to think about that too. Paint colors take time to get right!”
“I bet the hallway going up the stairs would look amazing if I papered it in a cooooool geometric paper with lots of white space and thin black/gray/ beige lines. I think that might just tie the whole area together nicely!!!”
BIG, HUGE, ENORMOUS, giant snowman size decorating snowball! I’d like to say this is unusual for me, but it isn’t. Not at all. I can make a whole ski resort out of one little decorating snowball!
Your decorating snowball may be a kitchen freshen up that turns into a redo. Or a new bathroom curtain that, before you know it, involves ripping out the tub!
Or something as simple as buying new pillows that make you think twice or ten times about a new sofa.
How can we make one simple decor change become an out of control abominable snowman? Because we are decorators at heart. We love pretty and comfort and style and aesthetics. And a lot of us love to change our decor.
I’m sharing a few helpful, practical tips to manage your decorating snowballs!
IT’S GOOD TO DREAM
Let it all out! Dream away when you feel you are making a decorating snowball and you are standing at the top of the hill. Go ahead toss it and let it roll! But make sure you have a pen and paper and capture the dreams just like the snowball captures snow! My most creative times and best decorating ideas come out of snowball ideas. Enjoy making that snowman!
ASSESS YOUR IDEAS
Sometimes your runaway decor snowball is just a fun dreamy exercise. And that’s okay! Keep your dream and papers for another day. And sometimes you just might have come up with some fabulous ideas that you can actually do!
I do like the idea of putting a mirror over the sofa. I have a very cool mirror in the garage I haven’t used in a few years.
NOT EVERY IDEA IS A GOOD IDEA
I don’t think I’ll be painting the back of my door, or getting a new one for that matter. I have a perfectly good door. Maybe not my dream door. I think I have other things that take priority. And I just might sew new curtains for my living room and dining room some day but right now I’m working on my master bedroom. So my energy and cash need to go there.
Weed out the “not gonna happen” ideas and save the “viola” ones!
The wallpaper just might be saying “viola” to me!
SET A BUDGET
I am one to have terrible buyer’s remorse! If I don’t plan it out I end up feeling guilty about splurges or even bargains. I like to set a budget and work towards something I want.
That way I don’t let the snowball roll over me and I don’t get stuck doing nothing!
I am a girl that likes a bargain! Actually, I LOVE it! I pride myself on getting a big bang for my buck! I hope you do the same!
When I buy something I like those great online shops that have deep discounts. I love vintage shops and my favorite shop is the one called my basement. I am a big DIYer so sewing or making things is something I can do and usually save $$$!
TAKE YOUR TIME
I learned very early on that decorating is an act of discipline and patience. Enjoy the journey! Because if you love to decorate you are never really “done”! Your goal is a beautiful, curated home that has your personal stamp all over it. And you can’t get that in one shopping trip!
Most of the rooms in my home have taken YEARS to put together and put together again and tweak and freshen up and play around with. You get the idea!
The one idea that came out of my little decorating snowball as it rolled and rolled and rolled was to add another sisal rug to the foyer. It really tied the rooms together nicely. I also decided not to layer the black and white rug on top of it. I think that will go in the upstairs hallway.
I used to get so frustrated when I started to change things in my home. I just could never control the snowball! But now I let it go and dream as it rolls along. It’s helped me be a much more creative decorator and many of my best decor ideas come from the avalanche of decor snowballs I roll almost daily!
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