You might remember me writing in a past post about the idea of "shopping" in your own home. Or if you know me, you might have heard me talk about doing this in my house. It's one of my favorite things to do. Let me refresh your memory on what I wrote...
"The best way to freshen things up is to rearrange the furniture and "shop" your own home for new and creative ways to use items you already own!"
It's true! You don't need to spend money to freshen things up or to update a room, just go "shopping" around your home. Sometimes I get in the mood to re-decorate a room and this very thing happened the other night as I walked around my kitchen. I had added some cute fall touches to the countertops and corners. But for some reason I just wasn't content and wanted the kitchen to look a bit more simplified, clean, and organized. But I still need that cozy feeling. I decided to have the kitchen be mainly yellow and white...happy, clean, a sunshine feeling!
So, I went out to my garage where I keep so many of my odds and ends for decorating. Whenever I come across a good deal at a garage sale, I buy it and add it to my collection of "things I might use for some decorating fun!" I also keep lots of seasonal items out here. When I lived in the Midwest, these things were kept in the basement. But out here in California, the garage is the only place that seems to work. I can't believe I am going to show you a photo of my crazy decorating shelves in the garage...but here goes! They are stacked with lots of decorative items, inspiration, and free stuff to "shop" with!
I also walk around the inside of my house, deciding what to move, change, and rearrange. Since I decided on yellow and white...that is what I was shopping for this evening for my kitchen. I took EVERYTHING off the counters and shelves and island, and started from scratch. Why I began this little project at 9:00 at night...I have no idea! But I am a night owl and I was inspired! So, the fun began!
After finding everything I needed, painting a few odds and ends with a pale yellow color (like a frame and candlestick), I was ready to start putting things back into the kitchen. I just tried out different arrangements. I put some things where they just made sense, like our coffee maker under the cabinet with the mugs. And some things I experimented with. I love the "rule of threes" when decorating. When grouping and clustering, odd numbers work great and three is a number that works the best for me!
So, here is my finished product! Simplified, fresh, sunny, and perfect....until next week when I am inspired to "shop" again! Just kidding...I will move on to another room in the house, I am sure! I challenge you this week to look around at your own home and see if there is a room or area that needs a change. Go "shopping" in other areas of the house and maybe pick up an item or two on a cleareance shelf, thrift store, or garage sale. Don't spend a lot to change the look of your home!Pin It
Find something this week to paint! Maybe it's a piece of furniture that needs some refreshing or a wall that needs to "pop" a bit more. Remember that paint is cheap and easy...and it can transform a room! Drag something outside and get busy with a can of spray paint. You'll be amazed at how easy it is!
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain." Vivian Greene