Today, I’m going to tell you something I’ve never told you before.
Its not mind-blowing.
Its not life-altering.
Many real interior designers may roll their eyes if they read what I’m about to tell you.
I ain’t skeered.
Today, I’m going to tell you my decorating secret.
Are you ready?
My decorating secret is…
Forget the plan.
Do it as you go.
Don’t try to come up with some elaborate bedroom makeover that includes everything from the wall paint to the bed linens to the brass accessories.
Forget the plan.
Start with something you love.
And if you can’t find something you love – don’t start the makeover.
Do one little thing in the space that you know you want to do.
Then go from there.
If inspiration for the next evolution of the space doesn’t strike until a month or two or three later – that’s ok.
Don’t rush it.
Let me give you a few prime examples.
Exhibit A: The Fun & Easy Entryway
I knew my entryway wasn’t looking too hot (see the old entryway here). It was too dark and drab. It was also on its 2nd makeover since we had lived here for three years. I wasn’t ready to spend more money on a makeover I wouldn’t like in three months.
So I let it sit.
Until one day when I found the leopard and elephant prints.
And then it all just snowballed and the next thing I knew, I had found a bench, had an idea for a confetti wall treatment and a new DIY light fixture.
And I love that space now.
You can see the entire new entryway here.
Exhibit B: The First Master Bedroom Makeover
(what not to do)
I started making over this space in January of 2013 (see more of the first makeover here) – I re-did it again in March of 2014.
The first time around, I had plotted out every single detail. It wasn’t ugly – but it wasn’t us.
The second time around, I stumbled upon a paint color I loved and immediately threw it on the walls. Then, I found new bedding with a pop of color and threw the rest of the room together. Both Grunt Labor and I 100% love it now. You can see the new master bedroom here.
Exhibit C: The Vintage-Modern-Rustic Dining Room
It seems like it took FOR-EV-ER (imagine me saying that like the kid did in The Sandlot) for my dining room to come together. I would try so hard to style the buffet just right or have the perfect art above it – none of it ever looked great.
Until I had a random idea to paint that criss-cross accent wall one day.
Total game changer.
After the accent wall was done, I realized I needed to paint the mirror and de-clutter the buffet.
And then, it just all came together.
Well, now I want to strip the table too. It will happen eventually – no rush though. 🙂
Exhibit D: The Guest Bedroom and Office
(what not to do)
I plotted out every single detail of this guest bedroom and office.
However, when our part time children stay here (all high school boys), they aren’t too keen on the leopard print wall. Or the pops of coral. I should of thought about that.
Nor did I realize that using the Jonathan Adler inspired chair as my desk chair would give me horrible back and neck pain. (That issue has been resolved now.)
No plans have been made to change this room yet, although I’m sure that inspiration will strike one day soon and I’ll throw some paint up.
I’m not going to rush it though.
Exhibit E: The Colorful Porch Makeover
The entire porch makeover was sparked by a random trip to Home Depot. See that green color on the porch floor? Its paint chip popped out at me – and then I spied the black one, and then a black, white, and green color pattern was born, a porch makeover was in process – and not a bit of it was planned. This porch is my happy place during the warm months – you can’t be mad when you’re there.
Decorating is an evolution.
Forget the plan and just go with what you love. In the end, it will all come together.
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