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Lavender Lily
12-29-2008, 04:08 PM
I don't have a clue on how to accessorize my home. :blush
I don't like things on my coffee or end tables mainly b/c of the kids....unless its something that won't break. As for things on the walls, I have no clue on what to get or put up. I love seeing pictures or walking into peoples houses who do it and do it well and I love it. But when it comes to me doing it I wonder if it looks like clutter on a wall.
I bought a 7 piece frame set of four different sizes...their just frames that you put stuff in them not pictures or unless you want a frame in a frame. In the largest one I bought a defuser and put a temp. picture I have of ds1 which I intend to replace with our wedding picture. In a smaller frame I put a stone vase that dh's aunt gave us 6 yrs ago. So now I have 5 empty frames. :nails
In my dining room there is a wall that only has a 12 inch mirror. Its been there since we moved here. Dh and his family are all wondering what creative thing I'm going to do with that wall but even I'm :nails in this one.
I think the reason they are all wondering what I'm going to do is b/c they've seen my SIL's creatively decorate their homes and our has always been "Blah." My excuse then was that we lived in apartments so I never really had a desire to decorate a place that wasn't my own and have to travel with all the stuff every couple of years. So now we have a house and they will ask me what color I will paint a room or what I will put on the walls. But as it is I'm doing things here and there without an actual design or plan. But I do actually have a theme that even that I've compromised on alittle. Originally it was country/cottage now its country/cottage with a contemporary twist. :shifty
The bedrooms have literally nothing on the walls b/c I don't have a clue on what to do. :blush

BlessedBlue
12-29-2008, 04:12 PM
:hugheart I have the exact same problem...

malakoa
12-29-2008, 04:16 PM
Can you ask your SIL for help?

Mashena
12-29-2008, 04:18 PM
I usually find one item I love and go from there. I've decorated an entire room around a pillow, vase, fabric, whatever.

General tips I live by:

Find things that coordinate with your favorite item. (If you're not sure what coordinates go to a paint store and play around with the colors there) Keep shelves at about 2/3 capacity. Arrange things in threes and in triangle shapes (just give it three points). Hang pictures so that the mid point is at about eye level.

Katydid
12-29-2008, 04:19 PM
I love getting inspiration from magazines and Ikea catalogs. :yes

saturnfire16
12-29-2008, 04:45 PM
:popcorn I'll listen in for advice, because I have the same problem. I don't think having a uterus neccesarily qualifies me to decorate. :giggle

Lady TS
12-29-2008, 05:41 PM
:cup

We are remodeling the bathroom this week and I am fishing for ideas---- :shifty

Beauty4Ashes
12-29-2008, 05:46 PM
I'm the same way. Dh did all the decorating, accessories, furniture, etc. for our home. The only space I decorated was dd's room and that's because it holds my desk, book case, hobby stuff, and laptop.

Lavender Lily
12-29-2008, 06:39 PM
I usually find one item I love and go from there. I've decorated an entire room around a pillow, vase, fabric, whatever.

General tips I live by:

Find things that coordinate with your favorite item. (If you're not sure what coordinates go to a paint store and play around with the colors there) Keep shelves at about 2/3 capacity. Arrange things in threes and in triangle shapes (just give it three points). Hang pictures so that the mid point is at about eye level.




I hear you but when I listen to these decorating experts. they say not to go with one thing, like (lets say) butterlies. Where you have tons of butterfly stuff around your house. Not like you're saying this but this is where my mind goes when you say "Find one item you like." :shifty Don't get me started on color :phew
TBH, I don't really own anything that I can use to go off on. :giggle I have a picture I bought that could probably do it but even thats hard :scratch My livingroom is a two tone white and light sage. The framed picture is red with a plantation in it.....lots of reds in it. frames and anything in the room thats hanging is black.

Embracing Grace
12-29-2008, 06:50 PM
Yeah, I can't deal with wall stuff. We have a large framed mirror hanging in our living room that works really well with everything, and some other odds and ends, but it seems very incomplete. I do think that LESS is more, so don't worry about being minimal.

Mashena
12-29-2008, 07:03 PM
I usually find one item I love and go from there. I've decorated an entire room around a pillow, vase, fabric, whatever.

General tips I live by:

Find things that coordinate with your favorite item. (If you're not sure what coordinates go to a paint store and play around with the colors there) Keep shelves at about 2/3 capacity. Arrange things in threes and in triangle shapes (just give it three points). Hang pictures so that the mid point is at about eye level.




I hear you but when I listen to these decorating experts. they say not to go with one thing, like (lets say) butterlies. Where you have tons of butterfly stuff around your house. Not like you're saying this but this is where my mind goes when you say "Find one item you like." :shifty Don't get me started on color :phew
TBH, I don't really own anything that I can use to go off on. :giggle I have a picture I bought that could probably do it but even thats hard :scratch My livingroom is a two tone white and light sage. The framed picture is red with a plantation in it.....lots of reds in it. frames and anything in the room thats hanging is black.



ah. yeah. It's easy to be "matchy" rather than coordinating and complementing - which is what I meant. Or - if you're using butterflies you get every.single.thing. you can find with butterflies rather than choosing only special items that actually do fit your theme.

When I say "one thing" I'm more along the lines of "I love this blue vase" - hmmm...what color goes good with that? Brown! Ok - now to find living room things in blue and brown - and maybe another color ..

I'm probably not much help. Sorry!

ArmsOfLove
12-29-2008, 08:41 PM
Or you find a butterfly you like, and then build *around* it--not multiply *it*. So choose the colors of the butterfly for your wall and accessory colors.

As I was really trying to perfect my style I watched lots of HGTV and TLC :tu

Lavender Lily
12-30-2008, 05:11 PM
Nicole325 you've been a great help.
I do now get what you're saying. Its about color and not about getting tons of butterflies. :O See now if I was single I could pull off the tons of butterflies in my room. :giggle

Mashena
12-30-2008, 05:28 PM
ArmsofLove - you said that MUCH better than I did!


and Lily - I am single and am totally doing a butterfly room! sort of. The curtains have butterflies and then I'm using the colors from the curtains elsewhere in the room. (the beginnings of my butterfly guest room/office: http://www.flickr.com/photos/33784983@N04/tags/guestroom/ I REALLY want a black iron bed)

Lavender Lily
12-30-2008, 05:58 PM
For a minute there I thought I was looking at a site by Martha Stewart. I love that. See I would never think about that. :clap :heart

ArmsOfLove
12-30-2008, 07:05 PM
Nicole--that room is GORGEOUS! And the pics make a great illustration for how to take a focal concept (the curtains) and then compliment them and build a room around them :tu I agree--Martha Stewart all the way :)

Heather Micaela
12-30-2008, 07:14 PM
Yeah I would watch a lot of HGTV and the like. I have a style but no organization. :(

Mashena
12-30-2008, 09:24 PM
Thanks ladies! decorating is my guilty domestic pleasure. :) lol