Mistakes. We all make them. When it comes to decorating mistakes, some are quick fixes and others…well, not so much. The good news, though? No decorating mistake is a lost cause. They can all be corrected, even if it takes a little elbow grease to do so, and in fact, I’d argue that they are even an important part of the process.
The thing is, decorating is a creative endeavor. You are going to make mistakes – that is just part of the process. There are two important things to remember: 1) To not be afraid to make mistakes, and 2) to learn from every mistake you do make.
Think of mistakes as discovering what you don’t want. You learn just as much about your decorating taste and style by looking at examples you definitely aren’t into as looking at inspiration that you love. Both help you hone your own style, recognize it when you see it, and understand what works and what doesn’t.
To help you avoid costly mistakes or to correct some that you may already be making, today I’m sharing 5 of the most common decorating mistakes people make with furniture, since furniture is one of the biggest investments you’ll make and therefore, one you want to get right.
Some of my most treasured possessions are books. I love to escape into a great story, learn from experts, and get inspired by visionaries. My bookshelves are frequently bowing under the weight of all the books I’ve acquired over the years, but decorating with books has helped some with that problem along with a few others.
Decorating with books has a lot of great benefits. They help bring a lot of charm and character to all kinds of surfaces, from shelving and bookcases to coffee tables and vignettes. They also fill in awkward spaces, help create height and balance, and add style to just about any spot in your home.
Not sure how to make your book styling look as good as the gorgeous rooms on Pinterest and Instagram? No worries, we’ve got you covered! We’ve put together some of our favorite book styling tips and ideas to make your vignettes magazine-ready.
The ever-rising heat is preluding the beginning of summer, which is right around the corner. This season is all about having fun and spending time outdoors. Of course, that means lots of parties. Pool parties, backyard get-togethers, barbecues, cookouts, and even quiet dinners under the stars. There are so many great summer party ideas to make the most of the season.
With summer weather and outdoor parties comes some challenges, though. Battling the bugs, creating shade from the sun, finding extra seating for guests, and lighting are all questions that can pop up when you are planning a summer party. I’ve put together 15 fun and creative summer party ideas that address these challenges, as well as some decor ideas to make it festive.
There is nothing quite like the rush of finding a great piece of decor at a great price. I love looking for deals on furniture and accessories, so much so that it’s actually one of my favorite parts of decorating. I enjoy the challenge. While it’s fun to splurge every now and then on something special, saving money on as much as possible lets me indulge in those splurges guilt-free. Besides, why spend lots of money where you don’t have to? Style doesn’t have to come at a high price tag.
One of the most popular questions I receive is, “Where do you shop for affordable home decor?” Over the years, I’ve formed a list of my favorite places. For starters, I have a lot of fun digging through the treasures at local thrift stores and garage sales that I can makeover into something new. Older craftsmanship is generally better than a lot of today’s, it has character, and you can put your own creative spin on it. You can also score some great deals on Craigslist and some really cool, handmade items on Etsy (which is included in the list).
Renting has a lot of benefits, but one of the more frustrating parts is how limited your options for customization seem to be. Some landlords won’t even allow you to change the paint on the walls, which is becoming increasingly common. If you want to add color when you rent or contrast to a space, this can seem very restricting and make it hard to imagine how you can put your own stamp on the place so that it feels like a home and not a rental.
The good news is that there are plenty of ways to bring large doses of color into a space without even touching the walls. They’re all quick and easy to implement, not to mention very affordable if you shop smart or DIY. I find that having limitations in what you can do actually forces you to be more creative and this is definitely one those instances where that rings true.