We had a big rendezvous here this last weekend and I gave a few house tours. It got me thinking that it would be fun to address a few of the most common questions I get!
Do you actually live here….with kids?
Yes, yes we do. We have 4 in fact and 4 dogs on top of it! Every space I design and every piece I put in here is with the knowledge that there will more than likely be bodily fluids, every food / drink imaginable, and some unknown something on it.
I make a point of trying to stay on top of cleaning up said messes and I vacuum….a LOT. One of our 4 dogs is a Newfoundland and they shed all the time. So I vacuum the main level areas every couple of days, because if I don’t it looks like something was viciously murdered with no sign of a carcass.
Our outdoor patio space!
How do you make a room look totally different all the time?
This is a combination of small to large changes. Most of the time I just swap around art, move furniture and swap around pillows. That being said I definitely do bigger changes like painting a space or adding wallpaper.
I actually see it as a challenge to create a fresh feeling space without spending any money. It keeps my brain sharp and creativity rockin.
Check out my Refresher tips category for lots of ways I change spaces!
Our fun basement hangout space
Is it ever sensory overload?
Nope. This more of a style question and personal preference. That’s the cool thing about design and decor. It is all about what reflects your personality and creativity.
That’s why I talk so much about making a space yours. You live there after all, you should love it! That doesn’t mean your mom or neighbor has too. I personally love the risk takers, show me somethin I haven’t seen before.
Our teen son’s room….alas almost no color. (cue the whaaattt?!)
Since you’ve done almost every room are you done with your house now?
Nope, I will ALWAYS be changing, adapting and evolving my style. With that comes doing it all to our home too. I get antsy and push myself to try something new.
I have a few bathrooms in desperate need of updating as well as the big kitchen painting project on the brain. And I’m sure in there somewhere I will come up with a few changes in other areas, even something as simple as swapping drapes and pillows.
How did you get brave enough to take such big risks?
One of the most common things I hear is “You’re brave, I would be so afraid of doing it and hating it later.” You gotta have a level of understanding that everything you try isn’t going to be awesome. There are times when it’s a total “OMG what was I thinking” moment. But that’s how you grow and really learn your style!
This is also why I encourage you all to try peel and stick wallpapers, easy DIY’s, and adding some color in somewhere. They are all quick, easy, and relatively painless to change. If you don’t try it you’ll never know right?!
I also know that if I hate it later, I can just change it. What does it cost me but a little bit of time and effort to paint or remove wallpaper. (unless it’s a permanent, built in change) I weigh that against the potential awesome-ness that trying something could bring. And yep, I always just go for it.
Where do you come up with all of your ideas?
I just think about what I want the room to feel like. After nailing that down, comes the function. Then it’s a run-with-it kind of brainstorm. Once I figure out the first three I start looking for whatever elements or pieces I know I want to incorporate. For example a focal wall element or a big furniture statement like a sofa. It’s a matter of building from there.
My office is a perfect example of this, check out the link above for more. Although sometimes it’s the opposite, like our powder bath. I saw the wallpaper and came up with the sink and DIY base from there. (Still working on a fixture though)
I talk more about my process here!
And I think that covers some of the most common questions! Do you have a question you would like me to answer? Hit me up in the comments and I will be happy to share.
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