31 Days to Decorate Confidently. Day 31: Ready, Set, Go!

Congratulations!  You have the tools and the know-how to decorate confidently and fearlessly! Are you ready? Here’s a few more things to remember when ever you start to doubt yourself…

Are you ready to get decorating? Here’s some final thoughts to get you started…

When in doubt, refer back to 31 Days to Decorate Confidently. You’ve got the tools and the knowledge – all you have to do is apply them.

Dont be afraid to ask questions. Resources are all around you… in stores and on-line just waiting to help you!

Don’t be driven by fear. Everyone makes mistakes, even professionals. Mistakes aren’t a big deal and every mistake is correctable – Be confident and act without fear. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

Trust your instincts – if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Don’t push something that isn’t working, try something new!

Assignment: Repeat after me… I can create a beautiful home! You really can… trust yourself and have fun – decorating really is fun and as soon as your trust yourself and let go you’ll see how fun it really is!

I’ve had so much fun doing this with you! Thanks for following along and good luck!  Amy xo

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31 Days to Decorate Confidently. Day 30: Rules of Thumb

There are no rules to decorating, just rules of thumb and although some rules are made to be broken, these rules are good to fall back on when decorating your home…

If something doesn’t “feel” right along the way, try these tips…

Alternating hard and soft items just makes a room feel better. Chances are, if an area is bugging you, you probably have too many hard items such as furniture, next to each other. Breaking them up with an upholstered piece, a plant or something soft will help immensely.

For some reason groupings of odd numbers work well together If a grouping or vignette isn’t working well, try it with an odd number of items with varying heights and shapes.

Less is almost always better than more. Too many items in a room get lost and create chaos rather than interest. Clear everything out and only add in what you love.

Angled items in a room create interest and gently guide you around the room. Try an angled piece in a corner or an angled accessory or two on a shelf.

Trust your instincts – if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Don’t push something that isn’t working, try something new!

Assignment: Apply these Rules of Thumb to a room in your home that just doesn’t feel right and when decorating your new space make sure to reference these along the way!

Amy xo

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31 Days to Decorate Confidently. Day 29: Decorating on a Budget

Decorating is something everyone can do, regardless of your budget…

Decorating and creating a beautiful home is something anyone can do on any budget. Here are some tips for decorating on a budget…

Use what you have. Use the principles you have learned to rearrange your furniture. Look at each room and see what may look better or could serve a better purpose in another area. De-clutter. Add a new wall color and for under $100 your space will feel fresh and new!

Explore DIY options for painting furniture you own or find at a thrift shop. Try no-sew draperies, adding trim to lamps or inexpensive drapes. The ideas are endless. It’s amazing what you can do to freshen up a room with very little money.

Shop at discount stores such as TJ Maxx, Homegoods, Ross, Marshalls and more. When shopping department stores clip coupons and keep your eye out for sales.

Decorate in Layers and do what you can when you can. Beautiful rooms are not created overnight. Wait till you can afford the picture you want… make do with what you have until you can add your dream furniture. As long as you have a plan, it will end up beautiful!

Establish a budget and track expenses as you go. Here’s a link to a free budget form that will automatically calculate your expenses and tell you what you have left to spend.

Assignment: Try to avoid paying full price, without compromising the look you are trying to achieve.

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31 Days to Decorate Confidently. Day 28: A Project File

So now that you’ve explored all the possibilities for your room, what’s next? It’s time to put everything together…

Make a project file with everything you have accumulated for the space you will be decorating…

Include: Inspiration photos for the project, your floor plan, shopping lists, paint colors, etc.

Store items such as business cards, samples, receipts and more.

Keep an ongoing list of what you need, what you already have and tasks that need to be done. Check it off as you go. Lists keep you from becoming overwhelmed by a project.

Establish a budget and track expenses as you go. Here’s a link to a free budget form that will automatically calculate your expenses and tell you what you have left to spend.

Assignment: Put together a project file for you space. Make sure to carry it with you and keep it in the car for unexpected quick stops at the store. Use your floor plan to show sales people your room and pull out your paint chips as a resource when selecting items to ensure that they will match.

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31 Days to Decorate Confidently. Day 27: Arranging Bookshelves

Shelves full of books are awesome, but add some accessories and you have something special…

Bookshelves can be fun and a point of interest within a room…

Make sure to mix it up by adding items such as sculptures, small lamps, decorative plates and more. Stack books horizontally or vertical. Old books are especially fun without their paper covers.

As always, remember balance and scale – make sure there are vignettes within the bookshelves, but that neither of them are more important than the other.

Avoid a cluttered look by keeping groupings simple. Too many items will confuse the eye and create chaos rather than interest.

Assignment: Find a book shelf in your home and remove everything on it. Then start adding items back in. Look for things around you home that you can use and only use things that you love or that have meaning!

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31 Days to Decorate Confidently. Day 26: Hanging Pictures

When it comes to hanging pictures and groups of objects it’s helpful to know this…

It’s easy to hang art and objects when you follow these guidelines…

Maintain a relationship with other objects that around the picture such as a sofa, other pictures, a lamp, etc. Never have too much space between objects.

Keep objects at eye level and consider how you can view them when seating in a room. Better to hang lower than too high.

When grouping pictures and objects on a wall, lay them out together on the floor using a shape as a guide for how to arrange them.

Assignment: Explore your inspiration file and magazines for examples of successful wall groupings that are based on shapes.

Enjoy! Amy xo

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31 Days to Decorate Confidently. Day 25: Tips for Accessorizing

Not sure how to accessorize your room? Here are some tips…

A vignette is a group of items placed together to tell a story. A vignette defines a relationship among objects and creates interest. Rather than placing one item by itself, group it with several.

Pay attention to balance and scale and how they work together within a room. For example, a small picture hung by itself will look out of proportion on a large wall… a large sofa next to a tiny lamp will look out of balance.

Step outside your comfort zone and explore both symmetrical (equally balanced groups) and asymmetrical (non-balanced groups) arrangements.

Make it special by grouping similar objects, adding personal details or using items you adore.

Create some fun by adding something full of personality, a unique item or with an unexpected twist.

Assignment: Pick a room in your home and completely clear out the accessories. Keep what you love, search your home for anything else you could use in the room and re-accessorize it according to the tips above!

Enjoy! Amy xo

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