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I love a beautiful office space like the one above from House of Harper.  A space doesn’t have to be big or super fancy to grab my attention, it just has to be efficient and filled with stylish organization and lots of personality.

 I have an entire pinterest board dedicated to office, craft and hobby rooms with over 500 images of some of the most beautiful and creative work spaces ever.  The common thread within all of the spaces I admire are the style details and organizing ideas.

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Can you believe May is almost here?  Before you know it store shelves will be stock with holiday items and we’ll all be planning to ring our jingle bells.   This year is soaring by way too fast and to be honest it has me a little anxious.  The anxiousness I feel has put me in the mood for change.  I’ve been finding little (and inexpensive) ways to change-up my fashion, my routine and my decor.  Surrounding myself with a new look feels good and has squelched my desire to go out and buy a bunch of new stuff (except for the two new pair of shoes I just bought :)

  Today I’m going to share with you simple decorating ideas to refresh your home and later in the week I’ll  share easy ideas to change-up your fashion style.

Let’s take home decor!  I love it when you can change the look and feel of your decor without spending a lot of money or exerting a lot of effort.  Many times a new look can come from using what you already have and other times spending a little money can make a big impact. Whether you rent or own, have a large house or a small one, there are easy ways to make major changes in your decor in less than 30 minutes.  Here are some of my favorite quick change decorating tips.

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 DO THE SHUFFLE

One of the easiest and no-cost ways to freshen up your decor is by moving things around.  Shuffle the seating in your living room or switch out artwork from one space to another.  Use what you have and give you home a new look.

Move Furniture

  GO GREEN

Plants bring a sense of energy and life to a room so mix a few plants into your decor and feel and rooms come alive.

Succulent Decor via HGTV

 ORGANIZE IT

Having things organized is one of the ways that I make my home feel good.  Spring is a great time to de-clutter, donate what’s no longer serving a purpose and organize everything from the kitchen to the closet.  Your home will breathe a sigh of relief and so will you.

Organized Mud Room

  GO THRIFTING

When it comes to adding new accessories into your decor, it doesn’t have to break the bank.  Visit a few of your favorite thrift stores and see what gems you can find.  And as you shop, don’t overlook something that may need a little TLC with paint or fabric.

Thrift Store Decor

Painted vases via It All Started With Paint

 PAINT SOMETHING

Revive an old piece of furniture with paint or think about painting an accent wall in your home.  Painting is cheap, easy and yield results in a flash.

Painted Furniture

 RE-WORK YOUR BOOKSHELVES

You’ll be amazed at how spending a little time taking things off your bookshelves and re-arranging the items can freshen up your decor. Once the shelves are cleared, place the items you love most first and then work your way to your least favorite items.  You may realized that the items are the bottom of the stack are no longer needed which will help you de-clutter.

 Bookcase Decor via BHG

  CHANGE UP YOUR TEXTILES

For less than $10 you can replace the pillow covers on your sofa with new ones from Hobby Lobby and for less than $40 you can replace the duvet cover or drapes in your bedroom with something fresh from IKEA.  When adding the new textiles, think about changing up your color theme which will be an instant style refresher.

White with Jute Trim $9.99 Orange and White Swirls Pillow $7.99

  PAINT SOME FRAMES

Have you ever thought about giving your artwork a new look by painting the frames?  A quick coat of paint can change the look of a single piece of art or and entire gallery wall.

Painted Frames

So what’s you favorite way to refresh your decor?

Shelly

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spring flowers

Only four more days until spring.  I am super excited about warmer temps and being able to spend more time outdoors.  We got a dose of spring this weekend here in Atlanta and it was heavenly.  The sun was shining, the trees are flowering and the daffodils are in full bloom. The only downside of spring’s arrival is the pollen that will be attacking us in the next couple of weeks.

Spring Decor--plants and flowers

Today I wanted to share a few easy ideas to bring a touch of spring into your home.

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Have you ever looked around your home and discovered that you have an accessory formula?  I know I have a definite design style, Eclectic Glam but I didn’t fully recognize that I have a ‘formula’ when it comes to the accessories that I decorate with.  My formula is a combination of classic styling, pops of color, graphic patterns, lots of black, touches of gold, texture and more design books then you can imagine.  Here’s a visual of what my accessory formula looks like and a little bit about why I gravitate towards some of these elements.

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Bold lighting is one of my favorite ways to create visual impact in a room and I love the drama that a black lampshade gives a space.  Tip: the diameter of the bottom of the shade should not be greater than the height of the lamp body (to the bottom of the socket).

When it comes to mirror styles, starburst mirrors are at the top of my list.  You can hang larger starburst mirrors by themselves or hang smaller mirrors in the center of a large rectangular or square mirror to create dimensional decor. Starburst mirrors are also great to incorporate into a gallery wall display.

Colorful artwork is my artwork of choice.  I have lots of original black art that my mom brought back from a trip to Africa and definitely adds a personal touch to my decor.  I prefer watercolors or more traditional art but abstract is slowly growing on me.  Tip: in general, when hanging art over a piece of furniture it should not be longer than the width of the furniture.  You want the art and the furniture piece to feel balanced.

I am a confessed pillow addict and have more than my fair share.  I love mixing graphic patterned pillows with solid textures or florals, and that pillows are an inexpensive way to change the look of my decor each season.  Tip:  always buy pillow inserts one or two sizes larger than the pillow cover so that your pillow is plush and full.

Baskets are my friend.  I used them not only as decor but for organization in every room.

My rule of thumb when it comes to decorative accessories is buy what you love and you’ll always find a place for it.  I love decorative boxes, vintage pieces and always try to incorporate a whimsical accent into my decor.  Tip: when decorating tabletops, group accessories in odd numbers.  The basic idea of the rule is that details and objects that are arranged or grouped in odd numbers are more appealing, memorable, and effective than even-numbered pairings.

Over the year I’ve tried decorating in neutrals and more muted colors and every time I’ve felt uneasy.  I love color and use it to add a signature feel to my decor.  Tip:  decorate with the colors you wear and your decor will feel a stronger connection to your decor.  If you want to learn more about the impact of color in your life, here’s a great article.

When it’s all said and done, my accessory formula is definitely a reflection of my personality!

When you look around your house, can to tell if you have an accessory formula that guides you when decorating?

Shelly

Shopping Source List: Possini Euro Design Lamp  /  Virginia Picture Frames /   Sole Starburst Mirror / Surya Tobias Throw Blanket /  Dreams in Floral Art / Kisanii Pillow Cover / Bubble Knit Pillow / Cowhide Rug / Gold Wishbone /  Black Box with Agate / Braided Storage Basket / Pizzazz Area Rug

 

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There are two things I really love in life….design and shopping.  Those two things go hand in hand in my book and there’s no better way to share two of my passions with you then in a new blog series called Product and Inspiration.  

Similar to “get the look” post that you might see on other blogs, my goal for each Product and Inspiration post is to share a product I love along with inspirational design photos using that item (or something very similar) AND a design tip or two.    I hope you enjoy “shopping” with me and more importantly I hope you’re inspired to decorate your life in style.

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Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend and did something special for Valentines.  My hubby unfortunately caught the cold I had and was down and out most of the weekend, so we had lots of down town watching movies and napping.

Tall Windows

After writing the post on Easy Ways to UpStyle Plain Window Treatments, I got a email from Cathryn asking about window treatments for tall windows.  If you’ve ever had two story tall windows in your home, you know how challenging it can be to style them with window treatments.  Today I’m going to answer Cathryn’s question and share a few tips on decorating tall windows with you. Many of the design tips I’m sharing can apply to regular height windows too, so everyone can get something from of this post.

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Decorating with Things You Love

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I love talking to women who are in the process of decorating or re-decorating their home.  It may be their first apartment, their first house or a house they have lived in for years.  Regardless of their living situations, I always offer up my best piece of design advice which never changes–Decorate With The Things You Love!

With a slew of home decor stores, catalogs, websites and blogs to provide design inspiration, I think many people lose sight of this golden rule.  Decorating with the things you love goes way beyond a favorite accessory piece or framed family picture, it’s about creating a home filled only with things that enrich your life, your body, your mind and your soul.

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Hello there.  I hope you week is going well.  Today I wanted to share my thoughts on a design idea that is quickly becoming a trend.

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Have you noticed more and more kitchens, pantries, laundry rooms and closet spaces are going doorless? New homes are being built with open shelving and lots of homeowners are removing the doors on their existing cabinets to create the open shelving concept in their homes.

New Home with Open Shelving

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I must say that I really love the look of open shelving, not only for a kitchen but the other rooms in the home too.

One of the things I like most about this design statement is that open shelving makes a room feel more spacious and airy.

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Cabinet doors can become a visual blocker and sometimes limit the storage capabilities in a kitchen.  Open shelves allow you to use every inch of space to display collectibles and functional items, providing a more personal and stylized design statement.

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In a laundry room, open shelves make functional items easily accessible and provide a less industrial feel overall.

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Don’t think your open shelves have to be plain and boring–you can incorporate decorative hardware or a decorative paint application to make your shelves stand out.

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And, standard shelving can be replaced with another material to provide more visual interest.

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If you’re considering open shelving in your home, here are a few tips that will help you create the best possible look:

1)  Keep items organized–open shelving will look intentional if items are grouped and organized in an attractive and orderly way.

2)  Create depth and dimension with the items on your shelves by stacking pieces at different heights and layering items from the front of the shelf to the back.

3)  Incorporate decorative elements like decorative platters, vases or collectibles to give your shelves personality.

4)  Use storage baskets and containers to hold smaller items and create areas of impact on your shelves.

5) Consider a contrasting background so that that contents on each shelf stand out.

And remember that design is in the details so approach your open shelving the same way you would decorating a tabletop or bookcase.

So what do you think–do you like the open shelving concept or would you rather keeps things behind closed doors?

Shelly

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