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Lessons on Décor, Inspiration, and Style

Lately, I have been on fire about décor, through rearranging and decorating. Talk about inspiration and motivation! I think it’s because I tend to get passionate about whatever is consuming me at a given time.

Many of you might not know that for the past several years I’ve been working on finishing my Bachelor’s degree. There have been some breaks, like when we moved, but it’s been a huge distraction for me.

Since mid-November until early April, I’m on a school hiatus. After that, I have two classes to finish in a six-week period, and then I graduate in May. I can’t wait!

This hiatus has enabled me to focus on our home for the first time since we permanently moved in 2 years ago.

I have décor goals, which I’ve shared here on the blog and on Facebook and Instagram stories. Between now and when I return to school, we will have our living room walls textured and painted. That IS happening. Maybe I’ll get to our guest bathroom, too.

First Lesson Learned

After taking down Christmas, though, I got seriously inspired. We rearranged the furniture in our living room and I love how it looks! I learned something important from that. 

When you walk into a room, what you want to see is what you like most.

Seeing what you really like is important because it gives you a good feeling when you enter a room. Your mind sees is as an overall impression of the room.

Inspiration

As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t like our reclining leather sofas. One of them was the first thing you saw when you walked in the room. Since we rearranged our living room, I see my upholstered chairs and a cabinet that came from my grandmother’s house first. I love it!

 

I think I might even love it enough to keep these leather sofas a few more years. At least until my grandkids (and future grandkids) get out of the really grubby hands stage. Leather is so easy to clean. I have my heart set on light-colored fabric sofas or a sectional.

 

Second Lesson Learned

Another thing that I’ve learned is to go slowly. When faced with a table, buffet, shelf, or a room that you want to decorate take your time.

When decorating a specific area, start with one item and add complimentary objects (colors or a theme) slowly to see the overall effect.

My dining room buffet looked so empty after taking away the Christmas décor. I love to repurpose or “shop my own home,” so that’s what I did.

Inspired

When you have a style reflected throughout your own home, it’s easy to take objects from one room to use in another. When I exhausted that option, I turned to Home Goods, Target, and Hobby Lobby for décor.

 

Third Lesson Learned

I’ve also learned to stay true to my style. When I selected the leather sofas, it was because I thought we’d go with a “lodge” theme in our living room. That brings me to the next lesson I learned.

If you are going to experiment with a new style, color, or theme, do so with accessories or inexpensive furniture.

If I would have saved myself so much furniture grief if I had done that.  Ironically, when it comes to color, that is my motto. I love to buy colorful pillows, table runners, throws, and inexpensive drapes/curtains.

I am strictly an amateur decorator. But, hopefully you’ll benefit from these three things I’ve learned.

We used a designer and it was a great experience. She was instrumental during our kitchen remodel and I’m not saying I won’t take that route again. I think what’s given me the courage to try this on my own right now is that I really liked how our last house looked, and I get so much inspiration from Instagram.

Decor Inspiration

Speaking of inspiration, I just started reading this book, The Inspired Room by Melissa Michaels. I’ll share what I learn from reading the book as I apply it to my home. I can’t wait to share it with you!

Inspiration

 

To see the before and after photos of our home remodel project: http://thefeatherednester.com/index.php/2017/05/03/our-hour-before/ http://thefeatherednester.com/index.php/2017/05/06/our-house-after/

Stay inspired my friends!

PS, let me know in the comments if you’d like to know where I got a particular item pictured.

Let’s Get Decorating, Folks! The Decor Before…

I haven’t done a decor post for a while, and for good reason. I’ve been more focused on school and less on home decor. So, it’s been stagnant decor-wise around here.

New Stuff

I bought new Buffalo Check pillows, the chairs are less than a year old,

Decor

and created a wall gallery

Decor

though I didn’t finish this side of the room…

and more recently, I did some fall decorating!

Decor

But, guess what? It’s time to get some REAL stuff done around here.

 

Let’s Get This Started!

I’m talking about retexturing walls, electrical work, painting, new window treatments, and some interior decor and design.

Finally!

So, this is what I have to work with:

The room has high, vaulted, tongue-in-groove ceilings and wooden beams.

The texturing the two main walls is in terrible shape. Many years ago, the wall on the right had a walk-through opening and you can see the difference in texture if you look closely.

The brown “trim” on the hearth is child-proof padding to protect our grandkids against falls. We converted the masonry fireplace to gas-log about a year ago. I love the iron rustic surround we chose.

That is the front door to the far left and a hallway on the other side of the half wall behind the sofa. The sofas are not as dark as they appear. There’s little natural light in this room.

I have two regrets with this room:

One is the rug.

I had a few musts when I bought this rug: at least 12 x 14 to fill the space, wool for durability and stain resistance, and something neutral-colored.

This rug was a great deal. I got it from Wayfair for under $1000. My dislike is the middle of the rug. I thought it was a light tan and it’s a light mocha color. But, it was huge and I felt it was too much work to send it back.

I though the rug would look this golden, but the middle is more mocha colored in my room.
My second regret is the sofa placement in the room.

I saw similar sofas at the home of some friends and I loved how they looked. She has similar decor taste, french country, and they fit in decor-wise.

I made a grid of our room on quadrille paper and carefully measured the walls before going to the furniture store. Once we found these sofas by Bassett, we double-checked the measurements and ordered them.

When delivered, the sofas did not fit together in the space like I wanted them to. Linear-wise they were fine, but their depth did not allow them to meet in the corner of the room (where the side table is in the corner below) the way I’d intended.

So, we had to move the sofa to the opposite wall. The two chairs are where I wanted the other sofa at.

I feel like it’s thrown off the dynamics of the room.

I really like symmetry.

Case in point, it has been driving me crazy that since I moved a photo from this wall gallery, it’s not aligned with the chairs or centered on the wall.

Decor

 

Decor We Got Right

It’s hard to get a good picture of it, but the one thing we love is our fan. Photos don’t do it justice.

 

Decorating

We love the iron and glass fireplace surround we selected. And, I love the chairs, even though they don’t really go with the sofas. Likely, when this is complete one will go in my office and one in our guest room.

Moving Ahead

In the next post, I’ll share some of my plans for this space. Spoiler alert: possible wall sconces on the two main walls, a new mantle over the fireplace, changing out the blinds, and maybe even getting a new rug, lol! In addition to the retexturing and painting.

I hope you’ll share your ideas with me, too.

The TV will stay above the fireplace, and I’m keeping the sofas for a few more years (at least). After that, I plan on getting a roomy L-shaped section that will finally fill the left side of the room.

Please take the time to leave me some comments, suggestions, or advice! I would so appreciate it.

See last year’s kitchen/dining room/game room remodel here: BEFORE and AFTER

Lifestyle Icons and Decorating

In my eyes, the original lifestyle icon was Martha Stewart. It’s hard to believe that she started this huge trend back in the 90s. I still have several of her books on decorating, cooking, and homekeeping. I credit her with my early success as a homemaker.

Thanks to Martha, I learned how to fold fitted sheets neatly, the best way to remove stains from clothes, how to cook and carve a whole chicken, and decorating for the holiday season.

Decorating

Of course, this was long before Instagram and Pinterest. I believe that technology has been both a blessing and curse. It’s enabled us to share our decor adventures with others and to enrich our homes because of it. On the other hand, it has also created unrealistic expectations for us to live up to.

I for one, though, love seeing decorating ideas on IG and Pinterest. They really inspire me! I can’t wait to finish school so I can work on some of the things around my house, like painting and decorating.

Keeping it Real

I enjoy blogs where the authors are real. One of my most favorite, must watch IG accounts is “The Home Edit.” Their IG stories are so funny and real (unfiltered?). If you haven’t seen their IG Instastories, do yourself a favor and check them out.

I enjoy writing and sharing information. That’s why I created my blog. I never want to put myself out there as any type of role model or expert on anything. But, if something I know can help someone else, I am happy to share.

Blog Ideas and Decorating

Cooking has always been one of my passions, and it’s one of the things I post most about. Mostly because as a full-time college student, wife, mother, and grandmother, my time is limited.  Cooking is something I do almost daily, so it’s easy to share with you readers.

meal plans

 

Going forward though, I have so many plans for our home! And, I’ll be sharing them. They include decorating our living room, repainting rooms, learning how to chalk paint, putting in an outdoor kitchen, and much more.

It’s time for me to get cooking. Today, I am making this:

Photo Credit: A Taste of Home

It will be one of next week’s menu items. Check back over the weekend!

A New Dining Room Rug

I originally posted A New Dining Room Rug as a page instead of a post, so its being moved to the proper location.

A Little Background…

Nearly two years ago, we bought the home we are living in now. Buying this home was the beginning of a huge transformation in our lives, which I’ll talk about in a future post. A year ago, we remodeled the area that included the kitchen, dining room, and game room area. You can see it HERE and HERE. We used an interior designer, Tiffany, who helped us with design and decor and introduced us to the contractor who oversaw the job.

When the remodel project was complete, I wasn’t sure about a few items. One was whether we needed a rug under the dining table. My husband didn’t want one but I thought we needed one for aesthetic reasons. I remember that moving the chairs around on our old rug was a pain, so I shelved the idea for a while.

Time for photos!

The reason I’m telling you all this is that last week I ordered a sisal rug from Pottery Barn. It’s being delivered today. I am going to post before and after pics and see what you think of it. I think that the rug will be thin enough (it has a latex backing) to let our chairs slide easily and that the light tones will help break up the dark-on-dark tones we have going on between the table and floor.

Dining Room Without Rug

Dining Room Rug

Dining Room with Rug

Dining Room Rug

So what do you think?

Which looks better? With or without? If I keep it, should I scotchguard it? I don’t even know if you can scotchguard sisal?

Let me know in the comments below and follow my blog! As soon as I have enough followers, I am going to start having some great give-a-ways.

My Learning Curve

Hello again! Just a quick post. Whew, these blogs sure have a learning curve. Yesterday I posted about my new dining room rug (which you can see here) but I posted it to a page instead of making it an actual post.

I have to say that overall, though, this has gone much easier than I expected. I’m experimenting with the topics menu (where is says What’s New, Home, Style, etc) so that may change. Of course, I am quickly realizing that some of the topics I want to talk about don’t have a designated spot. Like books, for instance. I looooove books and reading. As the blog grows, I would like to add a book club.

I hope you are having a wonderful day! The sun is out here and I am off to the gym. Until later…