I know this looks like a room with accents of purple and a couple of nail-head chairs and wicker ottoman and a plum colored coffee table that would have looked so much better with a wood-grained top if I were brilliant enough to make one….
….but it’s not.
It’s a lesson.
A lesson that I know…..that I talk about all the time….that I’m always telling others to do.
But somehow….when it really mattered….I forgot.
And so I told myself….self….teach thyself.
A little lesson that looks like this.
You see….when I was planning the room and designing it in my mind…I was fresh off a round of Christmas decorating with the glitter and the tinsel and all that stuff…covering every square inch of the room.
And my heart longed for simple.
Definitely no glitter.
Simple and without a lot of color or pattern…..or stuff.
A room that didn’t use an outside voice.
And so I shopped the house and added the tiniest bit of purple with some flowers and a little paint and a few fabric swatches and when I finished….I sat back in my simple non-pattern, non-over-the-top color room in all its simplicity….
….and I didn’t like it.
Are you rolling your eyes yet?
You see….I’m a pattern and graphic and bold and full-of-life girl.
I wear red lipstick.
I talk in an outside voice all the time.
And then I realized….in my haste to be simple and classic and a little non-color….
…I forgot the most important decorating lesson of all.
Be true to yourself.
You see….you can copy rooms out of magazines or blogs or your best friend’s house or a mansion on the Champes-Elysees…
…but it won’t feel like home unless you put YOU into it.
If you love doilies and they just published an entire article on the fact that doilies are so 1990….
….doily up your house any way.
If you love pink with orange and your mother-in-law tells you those colors do not go together…
….cover your house in pink and orange any way.
If you like stumps or plastic tables or exit signs or 50 clocks on a wall and no one else agrees with your design choices….
….design it anyway.
Be inspired by others….yes.
Read magazines and blogs for inspiration….of course.
But there is only one you.
And you are amazing and wonderful and fantastic and definitely one-of-a-kind….
….a total rock star.
And your home should truly be a reflection of you.
And I climbed down off my soap box just in time to rework the room with a little more color and pattern.
Here’s a few fabric changes.
I think we all can agree that while the burlap curtain are amazing….I needed some more pattern on those curtains.
And a little more pop of color on the chairs and the sofa.
I like the both of these options.
But the first is….well….a little too little.
And the second is….well….a little too much.
But this one?
This one is just right.
The moral of the story….surround yourself with things that make you happy.
Things you love.
Things that make your heart smile….and your home will be perfect….
….just like you.