We have owned our home for a year.
Hard to believe, really.
I’ve been taking my time in getting to know our space. To find out what it wants to be.
Slowly, some things are becoming clear.
But this decorating business? I find it intimidating. I don’t have a huge budget. I know I don’t love the colors that the previous owner painted the interior of the house, but what to do instead? And really? Why in the world does anyone need so many throw pillows?? All the inspirational photos I find have a million throw pillows! Do you know what my kids would do with those?!
We really like bright colours against white. Scandinavian simplicity is what we are calling it. Painted furniture, clean lines, and eclectic accents. But white isn’t so good with a toddler in the house. I am not the kind of mom who goes around washing her kids hands and face every five minutes. I am pretty well done with beige, though. Our walls are beige, our trim is beige, our doors are beige. Our floors are a wonderful blonde wood, which I love, but that’s a shade of brown too. Brown brown brown. Mama needs her some colour.
See all that beige!??
I’m thinking that one thing to do to quickly add some colour contrast would be to either paint and stencil or wallpaper that hallway above the chair rail. There’s already a “gramma” print wallpaper on the walls, and I tested a corner today. It seems as if it will come off really easily.
This is the best photo of the look I am going for that I could find. I want the wallpaper/stencil to come through the door way and set off the area. Separate it from the rest of the space.
I’m thinking these for pattern ideas. Something bold, but not overpowering. The thing is, wallpaper is expensive. There’s only so much moolah to spread around, and I have pictures I want to put on the wall and a back porch that needs a floor. So I’m thinking stencils are the way to go. But the ones on Etsy cost almost as much. See what I mean about this process?
I think it’s going to take longer than I anticipated. I thought that this thing of FINALLY having a space that I love meant that it would be easy to lay out ideas, to add some accents, to pick colours. Boy was I wrong.
I did buy one thing this weekend.
A new duvet cover. I love it. LOVE. I would decorate my whole house in these colours if I wouldn’t look like a crazy person doing it. So I won’t. But for the bedroom? Perfect.
It’s a start, right?