We get asked on a regular basis for decorating advice. It is always a little bit of an awkward question for me as I am not an interior designer and do not feel like I am an expert on decorating your home. I also struggle as, more often than not, we are asked at shows and I have never seen the person’s space. However, I LOVE home decor! Obviously! *wink* Thus, maybe I should do a better job of helping our customers to feel comfortable with decorating their home.
Most recently, when at MOPS (moms of preschoolers), my good friend LeAnn asked if I would please come to her house and help her with decorating ideas. I decided it was time to tap into some advice from some of my friends, who I would consider specialists in the field, to take a collaboration of advice for decorating your home! Keep reading for some awesome responses from other home decor specialists and my dear interior designer friend, Samantha.
Rachael’s Revelry Advice
My friend, Rachael, with Rachael’s Revelry, specializes in re-purposed home decor. Drawing from a deep appreciation of a family heritage of craftsmanship, owner/ designer Rachael Murray strives to revive small pieces of history. Believing that life is a celebration and that creative ingenuity can revive almost anything, Rachael’s projects reflect a refreshing lifestyle of re-use and re-purposed furniture and decor.
Here is what Rachael says about decorating your home, “I do get asked decorating questions quite a bit. I always encourage people to decorate with what they love. If you come across a piece that speaks to you, often you’ll figure out a way to incorporate it into your decor. I’ve actually seen customers completely change their decor based on something they fell in love with!” What great advice! This is what I tell my customers a lot as well.
Farmgirl Furniture Advice
Another Rachel friend of mine with Farmgirl Furniture is a graphic designer by trade. With an art background and growing up in the countryside of Tennessee, she has combined her knowledge of painting with her love of rusty, vintage furniture into beautiful home decor creations.
Here is Rachel’s advice on decorating your home (I love this step by step):
- De-clutter. Take everything down and evaluate what you really love, get rid of or put away the rest.
- Find a source of inspiration to draw from for your theme and color scheme, a throw pillow that you LOVE the pattern/color scheme of is a good place to start, and build around it.
- Pick a color palette (warm tones or cool tones, neutrals, or shades of a certain color) and use it throughout the whole home so you can move things around from room to room, and it gives a cohesive feel.
Great steps on how to work through decorating a space! Very similar to our interior designer’s advice… keep reading!
Rural Route Rust Advice
Teresa with Rural Route Rust, the junkin’ branch of their business at Bloom Where You’re Planted Farm, has wonderful rusty farm items that make great decor. When they’re not busy with the farming and agricultural tourism side of things, they hunt for, rehab, and sell vintage home furnishings, farm relics, primitives, antiques, and GOOD JUNK. They travel to shows and host occasional sales at the farm.
Teresa says, ‘Seems like most questions I get are ‘what would you use this for/how would I use this in my home?’OR ‘what are people doing with these?’. Also asking for suggestions on how to hang or mount items (for us that question is often about windmills). People know they like something but it helps if you can help them figure out how it might fit into their home.” I think this is very true with the unique rusty farm items that Teresa and her husband, Terry, bring to shows. I asked Teresa if she would do a video tutorial on how to hang the windmill. She said, “Yes!” Another blog to come!
Interior Designer Advice
My dear friend, Samantha Schurke, is an interior designer in Kalispell, MT. She has the most lovely home which you can read all about here. Her husband owns a dog sled business as well. We love going to visit them!
I love what she had to say when I asked her for her top 3 tips for decorating your home!
- Maximizing storage and de-cluttering and organizing are the first step to making any space look good. If there is a home for everything it makes cleaning up a snap. Until you have a place dedicated for everything, don’t bother decorating.
- Take time to gather imagery and ideas of the things you like before making rash decisions, then dissect each image. Pick out what you like about it? What don’t you like about it? What was your first impression of the image? What items do you already have that could create this look? What is the biggest impact maker in the photo?… you will start to see WHY you are attracted to certain things. That’s key. Then, show the images you have collected to anyone else who occupies the space, husband, kids etc. ask what they like about it and what they don’t care for. Creating a home is about making an environment that everyone in your family enjoys.
- Think of your whole house as a color palate. Creating cohesiveness and unity in your house is done by coming back to that original palate. It will help the spaces flow. When I purchased my house, I went through a color deck and worked out all of the colors I was gravitating towards for each area and compiled them together. As I have time and can afford to, I am slowly creating each space and constantly going back and editing my palate as a whole. This happens gradually over time and you have to be patent with the process, but it gives you a goal to work towards and avoids areas looking disconnected to the rest of the home.
I love how Samantha includes the other family members into decorating so it is a space everyone will enjoy!
Decorating Your Home
Here is our latest decorating addition. We saw this adorable pig at an estate sale. Since Cody grew up showing hogs he had to have this pig. Mr. Pig is hanging out on our piano right now but I don’t think he will stay there forever.
Now that you have some great advice on decorating your home from finding things you love, to de-cluttering, to finding inspiration and picking color palettes, it is time for you to GO and decorate your home! We would love to see your spaces! Post pics to our Facebook page!