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If it was possible to earn a degree in design based on the number of hours I have put in watching HGTV or DIY I would have earned my doctorate long ago. I used to think that having an eclectic style meant anything should work with anything… right?  Wrong… at least for me.  In our first house I changed the paint color in a single room three times in the span of five years. I realized that I needed to be more intentional or deliberate about the colors, decor and even organization that I chose for our home.

I have a rule for our house, if it doesn’t have a home it cannot stay. That goes for toys, clothes, gadgets and decor.  Having that rule helps keep me in check when I happen upon a cute little something for the house. Before buying it I have to know where it will live.  If I cannot come up with a place it does not come home with me.  Because of that I have found ways to be creative with finding “homes” for things.

A perfect example would be in my kitchen.  When we had our house built we opted to save money and not upgrade the cabinets to go all the way to the ceiling.  I took my time deciding what I wanted to put over the cabinets instead of filling it with stuff I liked but would just collect dust.  Because I enjoy hosting and like to have options for serving dishes, above my cabinets are pretty serving trays, pitchers and other handy items to dress up a dinner or party presentation.  Now those dishes don’t take up a single square inch of cabinet space and they are an interesting focal point in my kitchen.

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Another great example would be a dresser I found for the living room television to sit on.  I searched high a low for just the right piece.  I knew the general size and that I wanted a wood piece, vintage but not rustic.  I found many pieces that could have worked just fine, but I already had something that “worked”.  I was looking for something that would complete the look I was going for.  Because I was patient, I found the perfect piece that not only looks great but adds lots of extra storage for diapers, DVDs and diaper rash cream.

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Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way:

  • Determine your budget and stick to it.  Ours is usually pretty small for home decor, so I have to be patient and wait until I can find what I’m looking for at the right price.
  • Buy paint samples, try them on the wall and live with them for as week or two.
  • Be willing to say no to the things that might work in order to wait for just the right piece.
  • Find ways to put your decor to work.

Being intentional about what you spend money on and what you bring home will help create a beautiful, cohesive and deliberate home.

You can enter to WIN a 2-hour re-designing session with Amanda Clowser (who is launching her new re-designing business called Sweet Territory) and Beth Rhora (an interior designer with over 25 years of experience and the owner of Elizabeth-Kent Interiors) absolutely FREE! All you have to do is decide which one of your rooms you’d like to have re-designed the most and why. Be sure to post your style (head to mydomaine.com to find out your style!), and the room of your choosing at the bottom of this blog anytime during the month of July with the hashtag #nsnredesign and you will automatically be entered into a random drawing to WIN the FREE re-designing session with Amanda and Beth in September. (Consultation includes, time, rearranging, and repurposing the winner’s room in a new and pleasing fashion. All purchases suggested during the session i.e. paint, additional accessories, throw rugs or pillows, are solely the responsibility of the winner. Winner will be chosen and announced in August. Winner must be located in the Greater Nashville area.)


 by Abbie O’Neal

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