For some people decorating is a natural expression of who they are. I’m an accountant, rule follower, black-and-white person by day, but there’s another part of me that loves beauty, creating, and designing (that’s this blog that we’re doing for fun in case you didn’t figure that out yet. ). Everything about buying a home has been a wonderful adventure and learning process for us. The following post is about how I’m learning to decorate our first home. It’s a combination of research, gut instinct, and even a budget that are teaching me how to pull it all together. The Handyman puts in his two sense every once in awhile on decor decisions but pretty much let’s me take the reigns on this.
The kitchen and the living room are the rooms that we spend most of our time in, so naturally they are the first ones that I want to decorate. Decorating starts with the big stuff – the furniture, so having our house’s floor plan online has been so much help when picking out furniture. My husband was the one who put our downstairs floor plan online at floorplanner.com. Originally we did it just to show our layout on the blog but I have found it helpful as I plan out furniture arrangement. It’s a free website and really easy to use! Here’s the layout of our downstairs.
You can add furniture, rugs, and even some accessories to the floor plan right on the website. This back
breaking saving method of furniture placement on the computer also benefits the marriage. No more requests for the Handyman’s strength (and patience) as I ask him to help me move things over and over again until I get it just right. For example, here’s how I added furniture and arranged our living room:
I was able to change the dimensions of the couches and end tables above to fit the size of ours. I used this to help me figure out what size rug to buy and what type of coffee table I should get. I would have never considered a round table until I saw how it looked with the rest of the furniture in the room.
Another thing that helps me sort through what I like is using Pinterest. I have a Home Inspiration board where I pin anything that I see that I love. This is the gut instinct part that I mentioned earlier. I don’t ask any questions. I-Look-I-Love-I-Pin is pretty much how it goes. When I look at all of my “inspiration” together I start to see my design trends. This is helping me figure out that I don’t have to be stuck with one style or one color when decorating. If I’m working on a specific project, like the living room, I’ll create a board for that of the specific things that I’m looking for. This helps me to hone in on what I have and where I want to go with something.
Here are some other helpful sources for decorating that I’ve found on this journey:
One blogger’s candid review of “Good Reads for Home Lovers”.
Still confused? Here’s a couple quizzes you can take:
My results were: “Polished Casual”, “Farmhouse Glam”, and “Cottage Chic”. I’m actually kind of surprised all quizzes yielded pretty much the same results. I wasn’t surprised about “casual”, “farmhouse”, or “cottage” but I was suprised about “polished”, “chic”, and “glamorous”. I guess this rustic girl still loves her some glitter!
I’d love to hear any decorating tips that you have for me! Feel free to share in the comments section.