Whenever we travel with our kiddos my daughter does something that is both hilarious and slightly terrifying at the same time.
Upon arrival at our destination, she immediately unpacks. As in, clothes in drawers, book on nightstand, stuffed animal on bed, toys carefully arranged in a corner or on a dresser and toiletry bag in the bathroom.
It’s hilarious because she’s only 7. And it’s slightly terrifying because she’s only 7. 😉
But, here’s the thing. It makes her feel more relaxed and ready to enjoy her time. And I suspect it makes her feel more at home even when home is far away.
Creating a home means something different to everyone. When I first started decorating my home, I would get so overwhelmed. I would pour over photos in magazines and on Pinterest and see all of these beautiful rooms but have no idea how to get that look to translate to my home.
And then I had a decorating ephiphany! I didn’t have to get that exact look in my home. Because, after all, those homes weren’t my home!
Instead, I’ve learned over the years to look at those photos from a different angle. Now, rather than looking at the room as a whole, I find one or two things in a space that I know I can easily and inexpensively incorporate into my own home.
Things like adding a pop of color to the backs of bookcases by painting or even adding wallpaper.
Or creating a cozy sitting area in our bedroom. I personally believe all bedrooms need somewhere to sit other than the bed.
Or layering rugs on the floor and maybe even going all wild and crazy with one of the patterns!
I think that neutral rooms create a wonderful foundation and make it so much easier to freshen up with pops of color here and there.
And friends, in the new year I have big plans for my kitchen island. I’ve been saying I’m going to paint it for years but this time it’s going to actually happen. I promise! It will be an inexpensive way to update my kitchen a bit.
And speaking of updating, there is nothing quite like a slipcover to completely change the look of a piece of furniture. I love how in the photo below, the slipcovered chairs create a contrast to the dark wood table.
If you’ve enjoyed the photos of these beautiful spaces we know you will love the website where we found them!
We recently connected with Cindy Ambuehl and not only were we impressed by the amoung of inspiration on her blog but also by what she is doing to help kids have the opportunity to explore their creativity.
Kids who, like my daughter, want to find ways to put their own stamp on their homes.
Cindy has partnered with Duck Brand to support PS Arts in Los Angeles which works with public schools to provide art, theatre and music education. Their goal is to improve the lives of children in under-served public schools and communities.
And this year they threw quite a shindig at their Express Yourself event which is the annual fundraiser for PS Arts.
How do you use photos of beautiful rooms as a springboard in your own home?
What’s your best tip for adding that ‘decorator’ touch to rooms?