When we first bought our home it was covered in dark brown paint and the first thing we did (with the help of a lot of friends) was paint it Benjamin Moore’s White Dove. I love having white walls for the most part because I can add pops of color in with decorations, plants & all things bright & happy.
My style philosophy over the years has changed & landed on all things whimsy.
Life is so sad you guys, so often.
One of the ways I cope with this is surrounding myself with as much good as I can. So throughout our home there are prints all over the walls that point my eyes & heart up to the maker of heaven & earth- where I get all my encouragement & strength from. There’s plants everywhere to remind me that growth is possible even in dormant seasons of life, and there’s a good mixture of the old with the new because isn’t that just the best sweet spot? Honoring & cherishing what’s come before you but also looking forward to the possibilities that lay ahead? And lastly- books- to remind me that learning is never done.
I hope you enjoy this little peek into our home! It’s certainly far from being done but I look around daily & think- I’m so thankful for this space. I’ll leave you with a few styling tips I’ve learned over the years:
You do not have to wait to have a lot of money to style your home in a way that represents you & your family’s values. Check in regularly with your local thrift/antique stores. The turn around in these places is high so there’s always something new to see. Ikea is a great option too if you’re on a budget and if you search Pinterest you will found endless Ikea hacks. See if your family has any furniture they’re interested in getting rid of, learn how to refinish pieces to match your style, and get in the know with your local resale Facebook groups. Craigslist can be helpful just use caution when picking up. On the flip side- if you are lacking in funds- sell some of your stuff to replace it with something you have your heart set on.
Change things often. Go shopping in your own home by rearranging & reimagining the endless possibilities with the things you already have. Don’t be afraid to hang things and then have holes to patch later if you move things. I know people get really hung up on this and in a way so do I because as I’m writing this I have a list of at least 6 holes that need filling- but it’s all good. Move the picture until you like it.
Purge your space. Do not hold onto things you don’t need or like. I think a disorganized home full of things you don’t want or need is the biggest obstacle to styling it in a way you love. So although I saved this tip for last I think this is the very best place to start. There are so many incredible resources out there on how to simplify & purge your things. Start small and just plug away at it. I regularly do a skim of our entire home, closets & everything, to purge items. Donate them to a local charity if you can. If you’re local to us we know of multiple outlets for passing on things to the refugee/immigrant community here so just let me know & I’d be happy to help you with that.
I think styling your home can seem on the surface frivolous but I’ve found it’s so much more than just having an aesthetically pleasing space. It’s about creating a place of memory making for your family- and it’s a way to extend hospitality to not only your people but your neighbors & community as well.