On Sunday I shared over on my Instagram how I was feeling in a slump and not loving my home. Just wanting to get rid of it all. You know how it is all or nothing? Well I was reminded of a quote I heard that was along the lines of “If you are not happy with how things are going or results you are getting than make a change!” That sounds so logical. So I did just that. I shopped my home and moved around basically every pillow in my house and ended up loving the result. It was amazing how a little movement to my surroundings boosted my energy and made me more positive. So I broke it down to just three simple things you can do to refresh your home decor!
3 Simple Ways to Refresh your Home-
#1- Move ALL Your Pillows-
I suggest starting with one room first- maybe it is the room that everyone is in the most or it is the room that is bothering you the most. Shop your home and gather up all the pillows you want to try in the new room. Don’t worry about mixing pattern- go for it and be bold!
I did this in our kitchen. I wanted to do a completely different look. I took out all the pillows I had on our banquette. Started with a clean slate. I went around our home and stole all of the black and white pillows. I was surprised with how much I liked all the play on patterns. I would typically say “try to avoid using two strips together or two plaids”. But after I tried it I really liked it for a change. It WORKS because there are just two colors- black and white.
This comment came up on my Monday blog post that I had one too many pillows in our front room. Honestly at first I got insecure about her comment, I think a natural reaction when one’s pillows are questioned. Then I looked around the room and disagreed, I like them for MY home. MY PERSONAL RULE for pillows is if I don’t have to move them to sit down on the sofa or a chair then they can stay. They are cute and they offer back support. This banquette is packed to the max with pillows, but it really needs all that back support, it is a deep banquette. I typically have to stack two pillows behind my back to sit upright and that is how I designed it. I wanted to be able to use a lot of pillows for a really cozy look.
#2- Group Like Colored Items-
Whenever I am feel like my house is too busy. I re-group and put “like” things together. This is a way to do a lot of pieces in one space. I did this on our tiny kitchen shelves. Since I switched out the pillows to black and white I moved the black chalkboard to this space and a white marble board. It was a few simple tweaks that really made a big difference and pulled the entire look together. Oh and included a little pop of pink for fun.
Remember this is what the kitchen banquette looked like before-
#3- Get Rid Of Some Of Your Home Decor-
That seems like a bad tip when I am telling you how to “Refresh Your Home Decor”. Well it works, trust me! I think simplifying does something to our mind- it will free up space for new ideas! Apply this tip by looking around the room you are working on and take out anything that doesn’t bring you joy, just kidding. But I do think you should take out at least one thing that you have had for a long time and you would really not miss if you took it out.
I had a couple of you lovely readers say you want to know what happens to the other rooms when I “steal” from them. Basically the room I stole from gets the leftovers. But most of the time I don’t move everything unless I like what the other rooms will look like after I do the switches. Or it gives me a good reason to get rid of or sell pieces that I am not using anymore and buy new.
This is the upstairs family room- I took out all the pillows that were in here and the ottoman and they got shuffled around to the kitchen and front room. I had that ottoman that I put in here since I moved the one that was here downstairs for Mondays Blog Post. Hopefully that didn’t sound like a big jumble of words?
Basically it looks like a tornado went off while I am moving everything around. I didn’t take pics while this all was going on because I am a tornado, tornados are too busy. But next time I will take pics of the in-between and just share with my email subscribers! You did get a couple of juicy pics in your email blast today. What did you think? I am going to start including extra photos that don’t make the blog just for my friends who subscribe to my blog. Because you scratch my back I want to scratch yours.
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