Hi! I just wanted to share with you how I go about decorating a space…how I find my inspiration. We all want our homes to be cozy, and sometimes it seems hard to know where to start. This system has helped me as I decide what I want to do, or what style I want to go with. It’s pretty basic but I hope it helps you too!
I am going to use our nursey/guest room as my example. Because the nursery also doubles for our guest room, I wanted it to be calming and relaxing for our guests.
First, I cruise pinterest and use other people’s beautiful ideas. There are some talented people out there so why not use their help! I probably pin about 10 or more pictures that I like..images that jump out to me and spaces that seem calming and peaceful to me. Below are a few pictures that caught my eye (and the room ended up looking very different, but they started the idea).
Second, I go back and look through those pictures and see if something catches my eye. In this case the “Let’s be Adventures” print jumped at me… especially because it was a *free* print out! I am all about spending the least amount of money possible to get the look I want! I was able to have this printed at staples for $2.99! The frame was about $18 dollars, but I still was pretty happy that the whole thing cost just over $20 for my main piece of art in that room!
Third, I gather pieces of art or décor that I have around the house and see if anything I have will work with the look I’m wanting.
In this case I already had a basket and a desk lamp. I liked the idea of a basket to hide the wipe warmer in, but the basket seemed too small. I liked the color and style of the lamp, but felt like the lamp on the dresser sort of made it cluttered. So, back to pinterest I went searching for wall light ideas. I came across this post from LizMarie, a very talented decorator. Check her out at http://www.lizmarieblog.com/
In her tutorial she talked about how these lights were from Home Depot for $29.97! So, off to Home Depot I went. Which is part of my fourth step, buying some items to work with. Of course when I got back from Home Depot I couldn’t wait to see what it looked like so I got some Velcro and stuck it on the wall. (This is a very handy trick if you’re a visual person like me but don’t want to put holes in you wall as you’re figuring out where things go!) My husband may or may not have rolled his eyes at me 🙂
I then went back through the items I had at home and tried out a few things. I had an Ikea wall shelf lying around so I also used Velcro to try that out too. Sometimes I just leave things for a while to see if I like it. As I was “leaving it to see if I like it” I happened to run into an antique store near my husbands work. (And no, I don’t often just “run into a store” to browse, this was a rarity!) I found a crate that said “Made in Australia” for $10. I was so excited! For those of you that don’t know my mom is from Australia, and I’m a dual citizen (US and Australian). So, the crate was just perfect because it had meaning.
I really like the look of the light wood, so I went to hobby lobby to try to find something to put over the crib. I found this wooden Owl piece (50% off) and thought that would be my main piece over the crib.
I decided on a black frame, a light wood “W” for some personalization, and some hooks we did a DIY project with. At the time I was working on the nursery my handy husband was making some wooden arrows. The one I used was supposed to go in my oldest sons room, but… I stole it for the nursery! I also remembered we had a light wood TV tray laying around and thought I would just use that as a night stand for now.. because I didn’t want to spend anymore money and it gave the look I wanted.
And fifth, I take what I had and what I bought, and after a little tweaking, re-arranging or painting, I come up with the final product!
I hope this helps you even just a little as you are decorating your home to make it yours! 🙂