Most of my weekends are spent thinking about my projects, snuggling with my pup and watching HGTV marathons. They are also quite crowded with trying to do work on my own home. Let me tell you this, as a decorator, I find it by far the hardest to work on my own space. Being that I see so many wonderful design options every day, it’s hard for me to pick just ONE rug, or only TWO throw pillows. I change my mind constantly after seeing the latest and greatest- in fact after finally finishing painting all our rooms, I went back into the first room we painted and said “We have to do this over. I hate it”. I love so many different styles of furniture and decor but want a home that doesn’t look like a big mess of conflicting ideas. I think perhaps my vision gets clouded when I’m too close to something, but I also love the process of creating and so I always want to begin again (much to my husband’s and my wallet’s dismay!) But I’m starting to feel good about what we’ve been doing. Case in point, this last weekend we had some great successes!
I replaced my dark curtains with white grommet topped IKEA panels. It instantly brightened the room. We bought this ivory and tan woven jute rug at West Elm after pondering many more expensive options. It also helps to brighten everything and creates a more defined sense of calm and order.
Oh, and did I forget we got new furniture? Yes, our sad couches that we bought for $900 (for both!) have now been retired and in with some newer pieces- a velvety tight back couch and pair of swoop arm club chairs in a nubby linen. We also got a candelabra for the fireplace for summer- it seems to have opened the room up quite a bit.
I about died when I saw these pillows at Pier 1- they look like much more expensive felt wool pillows I’ve seen for $300 each. These babies were $30 each!
In the kitchen I hung some varied black and white print plates by the chalkboard- I think they look darling!
Another Pier 1 score- these coral beaded napkin rings for $1.50 each!
And we finally hung this fabulous print my husband got from his parents for his graduation from his Master’s program. It’s a limited signed copy of an original print that hangs in his parent’s home. Isn’t it great?
Phew. I’m tired. :) Onto the next project!