I received this sweet note in my email from Tara:
My name is Tara. I love reading your blog and looking at all the pictures of your cute cottage style. I was wondering if you had any advice for me on how to get started in decorating a house with your style. I love vintage things but I don't know how to get started in decorating a whole house that way... I thought maybe you could give me some inspiration on getting started :)
Thank you and have a great day,
Thank you so much!
Let's see, as far as MY style goes this is how I go about it. I pick my basic color palette and repeat those colors throughout the home over and over again. I mainly shop at thrift stores, consignment shops, and yard sales for my home. I don't get distracted by all of the items as I already know what I love. THAT is the key. When choosing furniture pieces I tend to buy what I love and worry about WHERE it will go later. Very rarely do I ever buy a piece for a specific spot. Remember that furniture can be painted too! Linens make great accessories as do books and I am pretty relaxed in how they are displayed. I also like to add in a few antique pieces with my painted pieces for an eclectic mix. I tend to group like things together for a bigger impact. Dishes can become art and clothing and jewelry can become decorative accessories too! If you define YOUR style and stick to it you will soon find your home reflecting you. Let it evolve naturally if you can. Think of your home as a garden - nurture it and watch it bloom. Try not to get overwhelmed with the idea of completing your whole house. It wouldn't be fun to be finished anyway, right? We must always play! ;-) Create little vignettes here and there as you go along that please your eye and make your heart sing. Instead of seeing your house as a whole, try to see it in individual spaces... let the nooks and crannies receive your loving attention too. When you tend to stick to the same style and colors you gain flexibility in using your pieces in other places which helps the pocketbook. For example, the green desk in the photo above has been in the living room, bedroom, and now it is enjoying being in the kitchen!
Try to look at your home as a canvas when it comes to decorating it. Dab it with the colors that you love and let it tell YOUR story. You are the artist.
And again if you LOVE your house, it will love YOU back.
Does this help? I hope so!
Let's all help Tara! Please share with her how YOU went about decorating YOUR home and any tips you may have that might help her with her decorating adventure. Pretty please? I'll brew another pot of coffee!