Not all of us own nice, beautiful homes. Some of us are renting, some are dreaming, others are in the pre-planning stages of building or buying a house, and some of you are just trying to make what you currently have work for your family and lifestyle. Regardless, no matter where you’re living, you can still make your space a warm, inviting place to be without trading in your children or selling onions on the side of the road.
I never thought I’d be decorating this room. Honestly, since living in this home, it has sat unused until now. After doing a little rearranging, I realized how much more I would get done by having a functional and creative space to work in. Out of a 5 minute spontaneous furniture rearranging session, came a spark of inspiration which has led me to today.
I’ve already described how much of a non-planner I am, but I’m trying to be better at it, so I created a pre-planning guide to help myself create my design for my office reno. Today, I’m flipping the switch from pre-planning to planning. This is the fun part! To help myself continue to stay on course, I created a phase one planning guide. Download your free pre-planning and phase one planning guide here: Ultimate Room Design Planner
Of course, no amount of planning can prevent mishaps and required changes. I can’t guarantee that everything will go as planned, which is why I don’t normally plan (heyyyyy creative minds out there!), BUT, I am going to try to stay on course as much as possible.
The first step when decorating a room is to choose your fabrics/textiles. Even if you have plans to paint, it’s much easier to choose fabric than it is to paint an entire room. Don’t be stuck with a color you think you’re going to like, only to find out later that it’s not quite the right shade. Another strategy you can use if it’s not a room that requires a lot of textiles, is to choose a focal piece and use that as inspiration.
Since I’m decorating a home office, the only textiles I’m going to have are curtains. A rug really isn’t in the budget for this renovation and I won’t be needing pillows or blankets. I chose to use a focal point as the inspiration for my room design.
If you’re having a difficult time figuring out a focal point for your room, make a list of things that you love and narrow it down to something you think would work best in the space you’re decorating. Sometimes all it takes is a beautiful, large piece of colorful art to get your creative juices flowing. I always say the best kind of art is homemade art. If you can’t afford to buy a piece of art, make one! Get your kids in on the process and I guarantee, you’ll have a piece you’ll never want to give to the Goodwill.
When thinking about color, I tend to gravitate toward those found in nature, particularly blues, greens, and browns. Those colors just feel so relaxing and refreshing to me. They definitely played a part in the creation of my logo, which reminds me of a jar of sea glass.
After determining my needs and wants and spending some time writing ideas down, I finally came up with my design.
So, without further adieu, here she is:
EeEeK! It makes me want to dig my toes in the sand, soak in some rays, and root my bootay on a hammock under the shade of an old tree. Someone get the sweet tea ready, would ya?