A Decorator’s Guide That Will Refresh Your Home Completely

Many times, when I post something new that I’ve done around our house, people respond to me in excitement and then disappointment. Excitement because they like what I did, and disappointment because they want to replicate it, or do something else in their home, and they just don’t know how to get the results they’re dreaming of.

Trust me, I know the feeling! I’m NOT an interior designer! I have no training at all along those lines! If there are 3 hard and firm rules of decorating, I sure don’t know them! But I stick close to the folks who DO, and I try to learn as much as I can from them, and apply it in my own way. So when Katleen Brown contacted me regarding a post full of ways to refresh the home, I knew it needed to be shared with all of you!

A serene home is what most people long for. After a tiring day at work, you want to go home and have a moment of relaxation without disturbance from the outside world. Wendy Wonder once said, “The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave and feels even better to come back.” This is, by all means, true. However, this will only happen if you are going back to a clean, tranquil environment; otherwise, you won’t be eager to go home. Something else that often happens is that we get so used to a certain environment that it no longer offers the satisfaction it once used to. That is why you need to refresh your home once in a while. Below, we look at ideas you can incorporate in your home, that will make it feel new and refreshed once again. They include:

  • Rethink the Colors

Most times, the colors in our homes are influenced by our tastes and preferences. However, it is not always that we choose the right colors. Psychologists say that certain shades trigger emotional responses in people. That is to say that some colors will make your home feel peaceful while others will make it a bit chaotic. The different shades of color gray, for example, have been seen to make the house look more spacious. On the other hand, soft blues and greens colors have been shown to be more relaxing. Don’t forget to refresh and choose light colors for the curtains.

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  • Rearrange the Furniture

In life, it’s the little things that make the whole world of difference. Before you go ahead and buy unnecessary things in a bid to make your home livelier, you may need to reconsider the arrangement of your furnishings. According to Joseph Ferrari, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at DePaul University, the kitchen is a great place to start. Eco-friendly home decor ideas for this include a refresh by repainting the cabinets and using attractive knobs, rather than having new ones altogether.

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5 Things to Consider When Re-Designing Your Kitchen

“Make me a list,” said my husband.

“A list?!” I asked. “Make a list for YOU?!”

“Yep,” he said. “Make me a list of the necessary things that you want done around this house before the babies get here. And we’ll knock it out. But that way, there are no surprises or last-minute panic situations.”

The above conversation ensued after a lengthy discussion about calling the painter and having him come paint the entire interior of the house…instead of just the baby’s room. That thought led to the ideas of several other projects, and I think I may have hit the “done” point with the hubby.

So, a list is in progress. And while there are several practical things that really do need to be taken care of before the arrival of the twins, there are also those fun little dreams that I’ll have to put off until later. Like my kitchen remodel.

I DO love dreaming about redoing our kitchen. I have no idea when that will ever actually happen, but it sure is fun to dream about it! So when Zoe Clark contacted me with a post highlighting things to consider in the midst of a kitchen redesign, well. How could I resist?!

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The kitchen may not be a part of the home you and your loved ones spend most time in (unless someone in the house is a would-be sous chef), but its layout and functionality still count for increased property value and happy family life. As a general rule, the kitchen should be updated at least every 10 years, but securing the funds to cover project costs is only the first step toward remodel success. Before you launch the redesign, you need to take into account your kitchen’s potential and limitations, and have a clear idea as to the works duration and best direction to take in the process. Kitchen remodel funds are all up to you to provide, but the work gets a bit easier once you know which questions to ask yourself before you grab a power drill and sledgehammer and Hulk out on your outdated kitchen.

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On the Road in September

Well, another month has come and gone, and it’s full-fledged FALL around our house! (Well, it is INSIDE. It’s still 90 degrees outside, but that’s Florida for ya!) Nevertheless, it’s the start of a new month, so it’s time to check out the top 5 posts from LAST  month! Let’s see what the readers chose…

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From WHITE to BRIGHT…with Chairish!

There’s not much better than walking into a blank slate of a room, is there? When you first walk into an empty room, the possibilities are endless – and I love that feeling! The room can essentially become anything you want it to be at that point! (I’m getting excited just thinking about it, ha!)

So when Holly from Chairish asked me to design an entire room around just one (albeit fabulous) accent chair, I wasn’t quite sure that I could. An entire room, starting with one chair? Normally I have a bit more to go on…but I figured I would give it a shot!

I chose THIS chair:

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THIS is a Lee Industries Leather Wing Chair. Is it not the most gorgeous thing you’ve ever seen?! I just love it!

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7 Bathroom Design & Remodeling Ideas on a Budget – A Guest Post!

These days, I’m almost finished with the redecorating of our Master Bedroom. (I can’t wait to show it to you!) And while I’m almost finished with that, it’s starting to dawn on me that I need to get to work in our Master BATHROOM design. Mercy. I know for sure that new light fixtures are needed. Although I’d love to change out the vanity and add glass doors to the shower…I think those things will have to come later. In fact, if I make a list of the DREAM Master Bathroom, I think LOTS of my ideas will have to come later! HA!

So when Tim from JVPartnersNow contacted me to see if I was interesting in learning about budgeting when it came to bathrooms…I was all about it! Let’s see what he can teach us today…

interior hand drawn perspetive of an apartment bathroom

interior hand drawn perspetive of an apartment bathroom

There are a couple reasons why remodeling your bathroom is a good idea. The first is obviously to make your family more comfortable. The second is that having an updated or better looking bathroom can make your home more appealing when it comes time to sell it. However, if you have a tight budget, you might think that a bathroom remodel is out of the question. After all, it would cost $10,000 to $20,000 to do, right?

That isn’t necessarily the case, especially if you or anyone you know has experience with construction and plumbing. If you can do the work yourselves, you will save tons of money. Of course, you can also save money by choosing your remodeling changes wisely. Here are 7 fantastic ideas to get you started.

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