I don’t write about the topic very often on Accidentally Green – because it doesn’t address healthy or green living – but I love, love, love to decorate my home. Not so much in the cram every area with knick knacks or crafts sort of way, but in the define each room sort of way.
I try to give each room in my home its own personality while making sure that all of the rooms complement each other in a way that gives my family’s home a particular style.
It’s taken years to figure out and marry the design preferences of me and my husband, but it’s happened. And we love the finished product. While our home is my domain, and I’m given a lot of freedom to design and care for it, my husband does get the final say on things. (Typically, I’ll present my favorite options for him to choose – with anything from curtains to paint colors to room design.)
We lean toward a classic yet modern style. But I’ve recently realized that I still absolutely love whimsical touches, so I’m trying to embrace that more in 2015. For instance, I’m working on updating our living room by simply buying bright pillows and throws that add a fresh pop of color.
Because of my interest in home décor, I’ve scoured and saved a lot of ideas in the past 20 years. I own books on the subject, have a bulging binder filled with ideas I’ve torn out from Better Homes and Gardens, and keep Pinterest boards with ideas. And even with the ideas that I have, I’m always on the hunt for something new – just in case my family will eventually move and I’ll get to decorate a home that’s new to us.
Greener home decorating
Repurposing and reusing furniture has been something I’ve always believed in. Partially out of frugal reasons (starting out as a single, my furniture budget was about $100!) and partially out of practicality (why buy something new when something used can do just as good of a job?) I’ve furnished my house with a healthy mix of new and used pieces. While most of my used furniture is from family members, some of it is from estate sales.
I like the way my new couch looks with my great-grandma’s vintage chair. Or how my newer sleigh bed perfectly complements an antique dresser.
I’ve taken a new interest in transforming used furniture. It all started when I painted my great-grandmother’s battered twin bed frame for my daughter’s bedroom. Repainting it white gave it a fresh look for a little girl’s room – and with minimal time and effort and cost.
My challenge for this year is to start looking for items at thrift stores and consignment stores that may not be ideal in their current state – but ones I can transform. I’m excited to think of how I can resourcefully spice up my home decorating with just a little bit of creativity and repurposing.
Two eBooks in particular are helping me with this ambition:
21 Inspiring Thrift Store Transformations
I’ll admit — after reading Jami Boys’ 21 Inspiring Thrift Store Transformations: How to Upcycle Used Items Into Unique Gifts & Décor, I felt a little silly.
How many times have I been window shopping at a home store, only to drool over latest trends? (Lately, I’ve loved the chalkboard craze, but haven’t shelled out the cash to indulge in the fad.) For whatever reason – perhaps my lack of craftiness – the thought has never, ever occurred to me that I could make the trends on my own. That’s why I felt silly when reading the book.
Unbeknownst to me, I could decorate my home with the latest trends for just a fraction of the cost!
I absolutely love Boys’ tutorials on how to create white, chalkboard and mercury glass accents. And I absolutely plan to head to thrift stores so I can see what I can find!
Interior Design for Real People
Written by Sarah Macklem, Interior Design for Real People is chock full of ideas to tastefully repurpose secondhand finds.
From tutorials in paint finishes (we’re talking Pottery Barn Distressed Finish, Pottery Barn Black Finish, Glossy Black Vs. Rubbed Black Finish, and Pottery Barn Distressed White Finish) to wall painting techniques, Macklem’s eBook includes 23 different ideas – along with photos, detailed step-by-step instructions, and, in some cases, video tutorials.
I can hardly wait to go thrift shopping just to attempt her Five Minute Frame Fix idea.
DIY Home Décor
I found both eBooks in the Ultimate DIY Bundle.
Just for a bit of transparency, I’m not an author in the bundle. And I’m not a very crafty person – in fact, crafting in the scrapbooking/sewing/beading/stamping sense freaks me out. But I bought the DIY bundle the minute it went on sale because it has so many resources I’ll use. (Terrific news!! The bundle’s back on sale on March 30 & 31!!)
I love the variety of eBooks – whether it’s home décor, making your own personal care products, making your own Christmas gifts, or a ton of craft ideas to attempt with my kiddos. (I’ll pass along the sewing resources to my mom, the seamstress of the family.)
But what I’m *super* excited about is the bonus offers – the Craftsy courses are what absolutely thrill me. I have been wanting to try Craftsy for a while, and I can.hardly.wait to hone my kitchen skills!
Quite honestly, I can’t think of any reason why you shouldn’t check what’s included in the bundle — and to do it before the sale ends. I think you’ll love it! If you’re like me and end up buying it, please let me know what resources you want to try right away!
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