Exercise...NOPE, Watch TV...NO,
Read Blogs...NADA, Clean...WRONG AGAIN.
I brew two cups of coffee.
Then, I kick back in my comfortable
chair and start browsing my favorite
decorating magazines while I enjoy my little snack:
Better Homes and Gardens
and anything else I've received in the mail recently. My most recent stack
This is also when I browse ads from the Sunday paper:
Finally, the real fun begins and I do it old school!!!!!
Hold up... I need to set the stage. I have had decorating problems in my past. We currently live in our third home. Our first home was a fixer-upper and where I experimented with my decorating ideas (ha). (God help the person who lives there now... If you are reading, I am really sorry about the faux finish in the 1/2 bath). Our second home was much, much nicer, but I often rushed into decisions there. I once painted the kitchen orange and bought new silk curtains to match and one month later, painted it back to the exact color it was before I painted it orange and tucked those curtains away in a drawer.
Well, I am here to tell you, those days are gone!
I WILL MAKE GOOD DECORATING DECISIONS FROM NOW ON.
So, I got me a Handy Dandy Notebook and divided it up by the rooms in my home, plus a section for Christmas decor ideas. In it, I glue pics from the magazines and ads mentioned above of the things I absolutely LOVE. The things that really STAND OUT! I also glue in paint samples from each room and fabric swatches that I collect from here and there.
A page from my Family Room Section
I take it with me when I am out and about and use it for inspiration. It has made me SLOW DOWN and REALLY THINK before I make a purchase. It has also given me some goals to work towards. I have been doing this for five months and have only committed to two decorating purchases, one big and one small. For the first time, I can say I am absolutely, 100% sure that I made the right decisions and I LOVE both of them. I am also becoming aware of my style...Which is mostly traditional with a hint of shabby chic (he he).
A page from my Dining Room section
Lastly, I throw the old magazines and ads out and look forward to
my next mail delivery and my date with my Little Decorating Book next Monday evening!