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July 13, 2012

I have been trying to brainstorm what it is exactly that is keeping me from loving the way my home is decorated. The easy answer would be, “There’s not enough furniture,” or “The furniture I have is all cheap” and those are very valid points. But if I’ve learned anything from design blogs it’s that it is entirely possible to have a beautiful home on a very tight budget and small changes can make a huge difference. I just haven’t figured out how to do that in my own home yet!

I kind of wrote this post for myself. I needed to form some coherent thoughts about all this. If that sounds tedious to you, you’re welcome to scroll to the end where I included a few pretty inspiration pictures. 🙂

Here’s what I think are my main issues:

  • Cohesion
  • Color Palette
  • Lighting

Cohesion, harmony, a sense of congruity. A chosen style or vibe that runs throughout the entire home. This means something different to every homeowner, and with the eclectic look as popular as it is this can be quite tricky. For me, my goal with cohesion is simply to move away from the hodgepodge I’ve got going on. You know how when you first move out of your parents house and you realize how much STUFF you need to live on your own? For most of us that means lots of hand-me-downs and thrifting. Before long you may have a lot of things that added up together make your home feel immature.

Behold a shot of my completely unstyled room-of-the-bed. I don’t really want to call it a “bedroom” because it literally has been given zero attention. Zero. So please don’t judge me. The bed wasn’t always in front of a window like that, and while it doesn’t really bother me, when photographed it becomes painfully obvious that it is not working where it is. Thrift store nightstand, tired old bedding, vintage wood headboard (which is sweet but not making any sense in the context), and a horrible dorm-room-esque floor lamp. There’s no plan, no design, no cohesion.

Here’s another shot that illustrates my lack of cohesion. Ikea, Ikea, Ikea, and another dorm-room-esque floor lamp. I’ve tried my darndest to inject some personality with accessories, but there’s just no foundation.

It may take me a while before I can afford to replace the belongings of mine that contribute to this lack of harmony and “design”, but I’m hopeful that in the mean time I may be able to do some editing or rearranging or purging to create as much cohesion as possible.

Color palette is a huge one for me. There are two (small) rooms that I have repainted within the last year or so and I love both of them. Every other room needs to be repainted. I’ve got brown (poop), blue (not a nice blue), tan (suffocating), green (like a rain forest circus), and some basement walls that still have dings and crayon marks all over them from the previous owner. Here’s a mash-up of photos I took of my walls:

This crazy combination of browns and misplaced jolts of color are really not doing it for me. I’ll admit that that green is not a bad color inherently but it’s in a tiny unused room and something about it is just not working. Here let me show you want I mean.

It’s just like WOW that’s a lot of really intense green and absolutely nothing to balance it out or break it up. I don’t use this room. There isn’t even anything in that dresser. So who knows when this will be addressed.

I can not wait to wipe the wall color slate clean, particularly the browns on my main level. Creating an overall pleasing color palette will be infinitely more straight forward. I also need to be more mindful of how the color of all of my furnishings and accessories interact with one another. Right now I’m just working with what I’ve got. I’d love things to look more deliberate. Again, editing and rearranging and purging will be a huge part of this.

Lighting has been said to be the single most important thing in a home. And I have become convinced that that is true. The lighting in my home is awful. Allow me to illustrate.

This is an unedited photo of my cat Milo successfully finding one of the few sunny spots in my home. Do you see that amazing darkness he’s avoiding? Admittedly it is exaggerated from this particular vantage point but I think you get the point.

I’ve got problems with both the quantity of light and the aesthetics of my light fixtures. I have a pair of nice sconces in my half bath and one table lamp that I’m fond of. Everything else makes me cringe. Outdated and cheap. Dark corners and half-lit rooms.

So what’s existing could really stand to be switched out, and on top of that I really just need more light. My design muse Abigail Ahern often talks about scattering little table lamps all over a room to create a warm almost twinkling glow with interesting shadows, and I’m fascinated by that idea. Consider me officially on the look out for fun little lamps.

Okay. Since that was probably downright painful for your eyeballs, here’s a few shots that I consider to be dream rooms. I may not have the space or architecture to replicate any of this, but I still love to keep beauties like this in mind!

Designed by Melanie Davis via House of Turquoise.

The home of Lilly via Sweet Thing.

I seriously can’t get enough of this kitchen. Every single thing about it makes me weak in the knees! Photographed by Michael Graydon.

Happy Weekend!

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  • Reply Cathy (InspiredDesign) July 13, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Brave, brave girl!! Kudos for showing your space and evaluating it in front of all of us! It’s true that small changes can make a big difference, it’s just a matter of taking those steps. I’m in the middle of that myself with my own home. All these beautiful images online are, well, beautiful, but they can be a bit of a downer too because it’s impossible to implement them for various reasons (cost, space, spouse with different taste, etc). But that shouldn’t keep us for improving our space to the best of it’s potential!
    You’ve got some great pieces, and I’ve always known you have great taste! I look forward to seeing you make the changes that you want in order to love your own space.
    Brave girl!!

    • Reply Christina Ebbers July 14, 2012 at 12:18 am

      Cathy, your comment pretty much made my day. I was definitely a little nervous about this post. But I’m glad I went through with it. It was definitely a good exercise and I hope I’m able to keep my goals in mind as I move forward. There is this nagging part of me that is worried that for all my good intentions, progress will continue to move at a snail’s pace (mostly due to lack of funds) and it will be like years or never before I have any snazzy “after” photos for you guys. Haha. Perhaps this revealing post will serve as a little motivation for me.

      I really appreciate you saying that I have good taste, because sometimes I wonder if I’m the only one that thinks I have good taste. Haha! Now to work on the trick of translating good taste into good design! 🙂

      Thanks again for being so supportive and sweet!

      • Reply Cathy (InspiredDesign) July 16, 2012 at 10:03 pm

        I’m really glad you decided to go ahead with the post, too, and you’ve inspired me to a) keep my posts up about my own home, when I’ve been considering taking them down because sometimes I feel a bit self-conscious about it, and b) keep adding to them, even if it’s once in a long, long, LONG while!
        I’ve met some really encouraging, supportive bloggers in such a short time and I’m very happy to have pay it forward:)

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