Saturday, October 25, 2014

Home Decorating Philosophy & Trends | Day 25 Pillows & Throws

Don't you love homes that are cozy, warm  and inviting?  An easy way to add comfort and coziness to a room is through blankets and pillows.  I love a couch full of pillows and blankets at the ready.  I just went to Ikea and purchased a couple of their blankets, one in black and white stripes and one a creamy knitted blanket.  I absolutely love tons of pillows piled on a bed or a couch.  Most of my pillows are Ikea and handmade (with my mom's help) and a couple of others.  I buy all my inserts from Ikea.  I love feather pillows, they are comfy, squishy, and washable.

Below is our newest pillow, a lovely golden fox.  Love this pillow.

Here is that striped blanket.  Next to the pumpkin, it looks perfect for this time of year.

Our bedroom today.

Here is our bedroom from 2008.  I spent my birthday money on pillows.  This was the first time I had lots of pillows on our master bed.

Do you love pillows and throws in your home?  Where do you find your pillows and blankets that you love?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Home Decorating Philosophy & Trends | Day 24 Glass Containers

I have loved using glass containers to decorate my kitchen.  I have already shared my love for mason jars, such an easy way to store items.  I also have enjoyed using a variety of glass jars to store and display items.  I fill them with popcorn, lentils and beans of all colors, pasta, rice, and flour.  These jars filled with grains are beautiful and functional.  So lovely to have in my kitchen.

Do you use glass jars to decorate?  What do you love to display in your jars?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Home Decorating Philosophy & Trends | Day 23 Art Prints

When Steve and I were first married, he took me to a home of his childhood best friend.  It was a lovely, large, beautiful home with views of the Cascades and the Coastal mountain range.  As we walked through their home, Steve pointed out all the art.  He talked about wanting art in our future home.  At the time, we lived in our first home, surrounded by thrifted, gifted, and garage sale finds.  I was struggling to choose paint color, and so expensive art was a dream for our future home.  But I loved the idea of art and so the idea continued to work its way into my thoughts from time to time.

As I have tried to add some pieces to our home, I have found it difficult to decide what to add.  I enjoy beautiful artwork, but it takes me a long time to find pieces that I really love.  I'm not opposed to eventually spending money on a piece of art, but it has to be something I absolutely love, and thus far, I have found other areas to spend our money.  I have found less expensive ways to add art to our home.

  • thrifted items | I only have had success with finding one thrifted piece of art.  It was a lovely sketch of the Oregon City tram.  I really haven't had a lot of luck in finding artwork at the thrift store, but I know that many people have.  A wonderful way to find inexpensive and unique art.
  • children's art |  Your children or grandchildren's art can add so much character to your home.  So many have found such lovely ways to display their children's artwork.
  • art prints |  I have found I few pieces of art that I love and have added them to my home by purchasing the printed version and framing it myself.  My favorites are a painting of the Portland Temple and a few prints from Walter Raine and Brian Kershisnik.
  • printables |  I have spent some money on some lovely graphic prints.     
  • handmade |  I have dabbled a bit with making a couple pieces on my own, just for fun, and to add a bit of whimsy to our home.  I would never call myself a painter, but it has been fun to let myself go and just create something.
  • Originals |  Add original artwork from friends and family.  My grandfather painted landscapes and his home is full of his paintings.  A few months after he passed away this last year, I thought about his artwork and how I would love to have one of his paintings in my home.  What a story it would tell.
I didn't realize I had so much to say about art.  One day I may actually spend some big money on a piece (or 2) of art, but for now my collection of gifted, thrifted, handmade, and printed art fit my style and personality.  They all tell a story and are so very meaningful to me and my family.  

You can find the my complete 31 day Home Decorating Series here.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Home Decorating Philosophy & Trends | Day 22 Painted Furniture

I love painted furniture.  Paint is such an easy an inexpensive way to freshen up a piece of furniture and add instant drama to a space.  My yellow table has been one of those items that adds so much character to my mostly neutral living room.  I purchased the paint and quickly sprayed it on one busy Saturday afternoon.  It may have taken me a little over an hour, one of the many reasons I love it, such a quick and simple solution.

I recently purchased a distressed blue dresser that our TV sits on and am currently using it to house our digital media.  I'm loving dressers more and more to organize and store all sorts of items.   The blue is lovely in this space.  I've painted dressers, frames, a desk and a bed.  I've painted side tables, chairs, and a bookcase.  Right now my color of chose is white.  I have a few items sitting and waiting for  a fresh coat of paint, mostly our collection of thrifted and gifted furniture that sit in our basement.  I think bringing them together with a fresh coat of white paint would do wonders for that room.

Have you enjoyed using paint to freshen up your furniture?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Home Decorating Philosophy & Trends | Day 21 Clean Start

We have talked about home decor philosophies and trends, rules to follow, tricks to try, items to make and purchase.  How to add fun, quirky, and interesting items to our homes.  Today I want to talk about something a bit different, a simple technique that you can use to freshen up a room or your entire home.  It cost nothing and it doesn't take a lot of thought.

If a room is unappealing or feels a bit boring, a simple technique to try is to start by clearing out the clutter and giving it a thorough cleaning.  I'm always amazed at how this simple trick can freshens up a room.

This last week I had some friends over for a book group and I decided to clean my kitchen from top to bottom.  I cleared out all the extra items that had gathered and simply put them away.  I then washed everything down, removed and scrubbed behind seldom moved items.  I decided to store away a couple things that were living on my countertops that were rarely used.  I scrubbed the sink and swept and mopped the floor.  I washed down chairs and cupboard doors.  Before they arrived I lit a candle and set out our refreshments.  It was beautiful, clean, and a lovely room to be in.  I felt like it had undergone a mini transformation.

Clearing out the clutter and cleaning can be the magic solution you need to love certain areas in your home.  It may even inspire you to move forward with other decorating endeavors.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Home Decorating Philosophy & Trends | Day 20 Letters and Ampersands

I love decorating with letters.  Of course "M" is our letter of chose and you will find it all over our house.  I have debated doing a gallery wall of "M"s and that may be in our future.  Right now I have a varied collection of purchased and handmade "M"s that add whimsy to our home.  I have also added my children's initials into their rooms.  I love that these letters celebrate our unique family as a whole and as individuals.

I also have added ampersands in a couple areas in our home, something I love, and I think they are fun and quirky.

My newest letters were just purchased from Pottery Barn.  They are Christmas ornaments, an "X" and an "O", all glittered up.  I thought they would be fun to add to our master bedroom.  They add romance and a little glam to our room.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Home Decorating Philosophy & Trends | Day 19 Baskets

I love baskets.  I love the texture, the color, the functionality that baskets can bring to a room.  I have wire baskets, woven baskets, and thrifted baskets.  Baskets that stack, baskets that fit perfectly into my cubed bookcases, and baskets that fill my studio.  I love that they are pretty and that I can fill them with all the things that a family of 6 needs and accumulates.

I have enjoyed collecting baskets over the years and have loved just adding them to little corners of my home.  I love decor that is beautiful and functional.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Home Decorating Philosophy & Trends | Day 18 Rugs

Rugs are just another way to add style, comfort, and interest to your home.  They are functional and they are pretty.  They can be colorful or neutral.

This year has been the year of rugs.  I must admit that I have been a bit intimidated by rugs.  Through the years I just haven't found a lot of rugs that I love or that I have felt fit my style.  The patterns that I had chosen were soon too much and the size of the rugs didn't seem to fit the room they were in.

This year I feel like I'm finally getting it.  I've purchased a few rugs this year and have loved what I have chosen.  I seem to be loving neutrals, with lots of texture, and I seem to be drawn to a bit of southwestern flare.  I also love my black and white polk-a-dot rug in my studio.  Just fun.

I've also gone big, I've gone with a couple oversized rugs, and they have been a great solution and fit the room so much better then smaller rugs.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Home Decorating Philosophy & Trends | Day 17 The Odd Number Rule

I love pulling together items I love and making them look good.  Whether it is a dresser, a bookcase, or a tabletop, I'll bring together some fun things and play around until I find a combination I love.  Sometimes it comes together easily and I love it and sometimes its not my favorite, but I can live with it.

Grouping of five items.
Grouping of three large items on wall.  Photo, mirror, and wreath.
A trick I have observed myself using and have found very helpful as I put together a group of items is the rule of odds.  I often group together items in odd number groupings, more specifically in groups of threes or fives.  It works well to have the items vary in size and height.  So helpful when things just aren't coming together.

Grouping of three.  Pumpkin on books, lamp, and vase of pom-poms.

Have you found this helpful in grouping items?  Do you have any other tricks that help you?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Home Decorating Philosophy & Trends | Day 16 Ornament Tree

This is a fun piece a purchased at Kohl's a few years ago.  Basically the idea is that this is a piece that I can add ornaments to throughout the year. I think it is so fun to have something in your home that changes with the seasons.  If you can't find a fun tree, you could make one of your own by collecting branches and added them to a vase or pitcher.

It is decorated now for fall, one of my favorite times of year.  Some handmade paper ornaments, witch's hats, twiggy balls, and orange "boo" ornaments makes for a fun and festive tree.

Do you have an item in your home that changes with the seasons?