Friday, May 24, 2013

Using what you have: The Holiday edition

Interior decorating, what do you think of when you hear the phrase?   Do you think Martha
Stewart or Candace Olsen?   What about Christopher Lowell or Nate Berkus?  How about HGTV or Longaberger?  I want to let you marinate on your answers while I give you this little tip.

No matter what your style is, do me a little favor before you re-decorate, and go shopping at this store.   It is a store like no other, and the price is perfect for you.  It is a store called YOUR HOME.    That’s right, look around your home to see where you can re-purpose a major item.    If you do not like the color, you can always change it.  Same with the fabric.  Most of the great interior decorators, like the ones I mentioned above are doing it now, and they have been doing it for years.
The sense of re-purposing was done at the start of the first recession, back in the 80’s, and then it slowed down a bit as peoples started buying again.  Once the current recession hit, people started re-purposing items again.  Money was no longer a luxury.   So how do you re-purpose a piece of furniture?
As I mentioned, you do have the privilege to making it your own.  Were you aware of this little feature?   It is no long part of the collection at the store you bought it from.   The designer police is not going to arrest you for changing the look of an item you bought 14 years ago.  So go ahead and strip the stain and stain that chest of drawers a different color, change the knobs on the kitchen cabinets, and add or take away that piece of wood that had you cringing for years.  It’s yours, bought, and sealed with a credit card or cash payment. (I hope you did pay for it with cash).   If you do not know how, either buy, borrow a book from library, or grab an e-book on the subject.  You can always pay someone to do it.  
Once the piece is re-purposed, you can add your accessories and/or accent pieces.   Not too many.  I would suggest using the rule of three on each surface.  You may spread them out or use as a cluster, your choice.  This is a perfect time to have things that functional well, such as baskets and other containers.   For instance, you can place two baskets on a shelf and something tall in the middle.   A stack of books represents a tall horizontal piece.   Pinterest is a great website to draw inspiration from.   At a later time, I will cover color choices, and how to complement a piece for a polished look.    
In the meantime, if you have questions or a comment, list them in the comments area or on my Facebook page (Tricia’s Baskets).  
Have a blessed day




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