Archives for May 2014

Creating Visual Flow in Decorating Your Home {Part 2}

Creating Visual Flow in Decorating Your Home {Part 2}

Does your house have a sense of ‘visual flow’? We’ve talked before about creating visual flow with paint colors, but there is more to consider when you want to create a room that not only looks beautiful but feels cohesive as a whole. If you want your house to feel calm and connected, it is helpful to simplify and pair down accessories so your eyes have moments to rest. I try for a careful balance in a room so it has visual interest and comes to life through accessories or artwork, yet doesn’t overwhelm you with too many busy vignettes and accessories all in one space.

Creating Visual Flow in Decorating Your Home {Part 2}

I feel especially at peace in my home when I can step back, look across to rooms within my sight and feel like everything is playing nicely together–without too many things competing or calling out for attention. Not to say I don’t want pops of color, fun patterns or unique pieces here and there! Some areas will make more of a statement, and other areas will just gracefully add to the ambiance.

If you walk into a room and every wall or surface has something loud to say, it can be overwhelming to know where to look first.

It’s like going to a party full of extroverts when you are an introvert. Heheh.

Of course, what feels cluttered or loud to me may feel perfect for someone else, and vice versa. If it feels right to you and you love it, then it’s right for your home and you should embrace it!

Creating Visual Flow in Decorating Your Home {Part 2}
Intentional decorating and getting a house to feel cohesive and pleasing to your own eye takes time. Adjustments often have to be made along the way to get things back to ‘the right flow.’ Obviously creating a home that works well together takes much longer than those ‘done in a day’ decorating shows!

For me, decorating my home isn’t about a rush to the finish line, but rather enjoying the process. So I’m OK with being patient.

Creating Visual Flow in Decorating Your Home {Part 2}

Do you enjoy the slow process of decorating over time?

Read the Creating Visual  Flow post, part one!

The Not So Big House {Organization in the Family Room}

The Not So Big House {Organization in the Family Room}

My goals this year are to make every room in our house work better for us. I have always loved the idea of “the not so big house” (based on the books by Sarah Susanka) which is about not building a bigger McMansion style home for more space, but focusing on the quality of a smaller one. She emphasizes featuring more quality details and spaces used to their full potential. I put the books in my Amazon shop if you’re interested!

I really really love the idea of making the best of the space you have. While I have no plans to move or build a house any time the near future, I do think I can have fun continuing to develop and personalize the house I already have with things I really love and make better use of my space at the same time. Recently I talked about a new cabinet for my “gathering room” for that very reason.

You might remember that I had a dresser for storage in my family room. While it has been a great storage piece for years and years (we used it in our old house dining room, too), it actually belonged to my mom and it was nearing the time to return it. So in my dreams of what to use in its place, I thought a lot about what I really wanted in this room. Meanwhile, I was patiently waiting for the right thing to come along.

I was originally going to put a built-in on this wall but decided against that in favor of eventually putting built-ins on either side of the fireplace instead. I’m not sure when those built-ins will come to be, but for now, I found just what I was hoping to find for this wall! A sturdy and long but shallow closed door cabinet. The dresser that was here was a little short and a little too deep for the space so I was excited when I read the measurements of this cabinet and it was exactly the right size!

The Not So Big House {Organization in the Family Room}

I’ve mostly been a use-what-you-have girl, but sometimes what you have just doesn’t work for you. So often I can find great deals on dressers or tables at flea markets, consignment shops, or garage sales. But since I wasn’t finding anything at my usual haunts, and having zero desire or time to DIY anything, I decided to take the plunge and splurge a little to get just what I wanted. Both the cabinets I found for my “gathering room” and this room came from Restoration Hardware (neither the post nor the cabinets were sponsored in any way by RH). I knew their function and beauty would be worth it, so I placed the order (and was grateful I have a designer discount!).

This cabinet was the first of the two to arrive and I LOVE it SO MUCH already! I’m on the hunt now for two new lamps to finish it off! I’ll get more pictures of the room once I have some time so you can see how great it fits in.

I cannot wait to reorganize my life and continue to find the best way to use every room in our house.

Here is how it looks after I got the new lamps (below). You can see the post about the lamps here!

The Not So Big House {Organization in the Family Room}

Have you ever read the Not So Big House? What are your thoughts on quality over quantity in a home? 

Catch up on my family room evolution:

Fireplace Makeover

Rearranging the Family Room

Tufted Ottoman

New Hardwoods

How to Hang Oars (or Paddles) in an X-Shape

Gallery Wall