How To Make Your House YOUR Home


HEY FRIENDS,

HAVE YOU FOUND YOURSELF FEELING OVERWHELMED WITH DECORATING YOUR HOME BECAUSE OF ALL THE BEAUTIFUL INSPIRATION ON PINTREST, INSTAGRAM, AND ALL THE FABULOUS HOME DECOR BLOGS OUT THERE? OR HAVE YOU EVER FELT LIKE YOU MIGHT HAVE CHOSEN HOME DECOR ITEMS BECAUSE “OTHERS WOULD THINK IT LOOKED GOOD” OR IT WAS WHAT’S “ON TREND”? IF YOU CAN ANSWER YES TO ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS THEN  I AM HERE TO HELP YOU! I WOULD LOVE YOU TO FEEL HAPPY AND AT PEACE IN YOUR HOME.

IT’S NO SECRET I LOVEEEE TO DECORATE AND I HAVE SINCE I WAS A LITTLE GIRL! WHEN I WAS ONLY  12YEARS OLD I EVEN PAINTED MY FIRST DRESSER AND NIGHTSTAND MYSELF AND ONCE I SAW THAT TIRED BROWN FURNITURE TURNED INTO SOMETHING TOTALLY NEW AND BEAUTIFUL, I WAS HOOKED! BUT WITH MY LOVE FOR DECORATING AND CREATING ALSO COMES MY LOVE OF MANY DIFFERENT STYLES AND I HAVE LEARNED OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS HOW TO MAKE IT WORK BY FOLLOWING A FEW SIMPLE STEPS!

AS FUNNY AS THIS SOUNDS THE FIRST THING I AM GOING TO TELL YOU IS…. I FOLLOW NO RULES AT ALL IN DECORATING! I BUY WHAT I LOVE AND WHAT “SPEAKS TO MY HEART” BUT  THAT BEING SAID, THERE A FEW GUIDELINES I DO FOLLOW.

THE FIRST THING I LIKE TO THINK ABOUT ARE COLORS…..I LIKE TO HAVE AT LEAST 3 COLORS IN A ROOM AND I LIKE TO PICK AT LEAST ONE OF THOSE COLORS AND INCORPORATE IT INTO AN ADJACENT ROOM.  THIS GIVES YOUR WHOLE HOUSE A COHESIVE FEEL.

I LOVE FOR AT LEAST ONE OF THOSE COLORS  TO BE A NEUTRAL ONE. I ESPECIALLY  LIKE TO USE THE NEUTRALS IN MY BIGGER ANCHORING PIECES IN A ROOM. THIS HELPS WHEN PULLING IT ALL TOGETHER AND MIXING STYLES. BECAUSE YOU CAN HAVE THINGS OF DIFFERENT STYLES BUT IF THEY ARE THE SAME COLORS , THEY WILL USUALLY WORK TOGETHER IN A ROOM.

AS YOU CAN SEE IN MY FAMILY ROOM THAT IS OPEN TO OUR  KITCHEN, I HAVE A FEW TOUCHES OF BLACK BECAUSE MY ISLAND IS PAINTED A DISTRESSED BLACK (SEE MY FIRST PIC IN THIS POST) SO THESE PIECES SPEAK TO EACH OTHER THROUGH COLOR NOT NECESSARILY THROUGH STYLE.  THESE ROOMS HAVE A HINT OF FARMHOUSE, COTTAGE, BOHO, AND FRENCH COUNTRY STYLE ..BUT  IT WORKS THROUGH COLOR AND MY SECOND TRICK…. TEXTURE!

I LOVE TEXTURE! IT GIVES A ROOM WARMTH AND SO MUCH COZINESS. SO I BRING IN TEXTURE THROUGH RUGS, THROWS, PILLOWS, AND BASKETS AND WOOD ITEMS. I DON’T EVEN MIND MIXING WOOD TONES EITHER AS LONG AS YOU HAVE A FEW OF THE SAME ONES IN THE SAME ROOM IN A FEW DIFFERENT PLACES.

AS YOU CAN SEE IN OUR BIGGER LIVING ROOM I HAVE BROUGHT IN TEXTURE AND WARMTH THROUGH THE RUG, WICKER CHAIRS,  AND EVEN THE PAINTED FURNITURE … HERE YOU CAN ALSO SEE HOW I HAVE USED THE SAME COLORS THAT  I USED IN THE OTHER ROOMS BUT IT IS A BIT OF A DIFFERENT LOOK AND FEEL IN THIS SPACE.  THE OTHER GREAT THING ABOUT USING SIMILAR COLORS IN YOUR SPACES IS THAT IT MAKES IT EASY TO SWAP OUT PIECES AND TO SHOP YOUR HOUSE FOR A NEW LOOK WHEN YOU GET TIRED OF THE OLD ONE.

MY OTHER AND SUPER IMPORTANT TIP IS USE WHAT YOU LOVE AND WHAT MAKES YOUR HEART HAPPY WHEN YOU WALK INTO YOUR HOME…. AND THIS WILL BE DIFFERENT FOR EVERYONE. WE ARE ALL A UNIQUE WORKMANSHIP CREATED BY A CREATOR AND I TRULY BELIEVE EACH OF US ARE MADE TO CREATE, IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. OUR HOMES ARE A REFLECTION OF US AND IF YOU ARE DECORATING YOUR HOME BECAUSE OF THE LATEST TRENDS AND THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY, THAT’S GREAT, BUT….. IF YOU DON’T TRULY LOVE IT AND FEEL JOYFUL IN THAT SPACE THEN DO NOT DO THAT!

A FEW THINGS THAT MAKE MY HEART HAPPY IN OUR HOME ARE WORDS AND FLOWERS! I LOVE TO SEE WORDS THAT INSPIRE MY HEART AND SCRIPTURES TO REMIND MYSELF AND MY FAMILY OF GOD’S PROMISES! YOU CAN SEE IN THIS PHOTO BELOW I HAVE USED BOTH AND  ALSO THERE IS THAT HINT OF BLACK AGAIN.

ANOTHER THING I LOVE ARE COZY PILLOWS AND THROWS …. I USE THEM EVERYWHERE!!!

IT IS VERY EASY WITH SOCIAL MEDIA TO FALL INTO THE COMPARISON TRAP, IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. DECORATING IS NO EXCEPTION. SO MY BIGGEST PIECE OF ADVICE IS…. BE YOU, BECAUSE YOU ARE AN INDIVIDUAL FILLED WITH YOUR OWN STYLE… AND WE CAN LOOK TO OTHERS FOR INSPIRATION BUT IT SHOULD NEVER CAUSE US TO FEEL WE HAVE TO CHANGE OUR ENTIRE HOME TO ‘FIT IN’ OR BE LIKED. SO IF YOU HAVE FOUND YOURSELF DOING THAT I PRAY THIS ENCOURAGES YOU TO EMBRACE WHAT YOU LOVE AND THE STYLES YOU LOVE BECAUSE IT IS YOUR HOME. SO MAKE IT SPECIAL AND A PLACE OF REFUGE FOR NOT ONLY YOURSELF BUT OTHERS AS WELL ….

BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHO YOU JUST MIGHT INSPIRE!!!!

XO,

HOPE

 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them”
EPHESIANS 2:10

 

 

 

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2 Comments

  • Heather Lane
    April 5, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    I love this so much! All the tips are wonderful and I love the advice on being yourself and not conforming to something you don’t like. Your home is just gorgeous and my fave ever! It’s the coziest!! I love every detail!!

  • Tiffany Felsenfeld
    April 6, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Such amazing tips, Hope! I also love using lots of throws and pillows! And of course, you know I LOVE your home!

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