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How do you get good at decorating?

I definitely think that there are talents that only some of us are really good at. I have my talents.

Decorating was/is not one of them.

I pretty much never looked at decor magazines or had good ideas about how to decorate my home. I thought that I just didn't have any talents in the decorating arena, therefore my home was as good as it could be. I thought that I would never be able to have the money to make my house cute, as all of the stuff I saw that I liked was too expensive. There was stuff I bought that I didn't really like, but it was semi-good looking so I got it. Alot of stuff was just space fillers. And I ended up with alot of stuff that didn't match, that was ugly, or that I didn't have anything to do with. I guess I just had given up on really trying to make my house look good.

Enter, BLOGS.

I have received SOOOOO many ideas about what to do with my home from the blogs I read. When the blogs I follow have link-ups, I just blog hop from one to another, seeing things and ideas I would have never thought about before. (Did you know they made mirror spray paint??)

So, what I've decided is that no one, not even designers, just have ideas off the top of their heads without getting inspiration somewhere. And that's why I love reading other people's blogs.

I used to read how-tos about redoing furniture, but nothing I found was anything like what I read on blogs. I used to think painting furntire involved long, pain staking step. I thought since I had an apartment, I couldn't redo furniture, that I needed all of these tools, all of this space, that I didn't have. It turns out, I was 100% wrong!!

My home, while a long way from being finished, is starting to look like a space I actually like. I love seeing something in my house that I made, I created, I redid. It makes me feel like I have accomplished something, that I've added value. And while it might not be perfect, it's getting there. It will probably never be perfect and it will probably never be finished. But that's ok!!!

So, what have I learned from blogging when it comes to decorating?

1) It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful. (The Nester)

2) Shortcuts are OK with decorating. (And what people don't see doesn't hurt them. Example: The back of something is not painted perfectly)

3) You CAN redo furniture with little to no cost with the right materials! (And garage sales/Craigslist/Goodwill has good stuff if you know how to fix it up!)

4) It's OK to look at the Pottery Barn catalog and then make a knock off yourself!

5) Spray paint is awesome.

6) If you don't like something, paint it, redo it, fix it however you'd like. And if you still don't like it, do it again. And if you don't like it in a year, you can make it look different again. Nothing is permanent!

I am just so excited about all of the ideas I have come up with after seeing other people's projects and homes. It's so inspiring!

Here are some things I would love to try!!!

diy mossy letter

What are you inspired to do today in your home?


Kimie said…
So cute! I like the moss-covered letter over the mirror. I am inspired to... make more art for Lucy's room and make lasagna for dinner. And maybe post a blog about the bins I got from Ikea.
*Ross and Katy* said…
I LOVE finding stuff from other blogs to try! That's actually how I found out about the hairbows to start raising money for our church nursery :) Last year at Christmas there was a HUGE blog hop that I just stumbled upon that had HUNDREDS of easy Christmas craft ideas. I WISH I had bookmarked it-but I forgot :( BUT, I did print off some of the tutorials and made some CUTE Christmas presents. I also made a lot of stuff really cheaply for our Church Bazaar. (I know this is long, sorry!) I think my favorite thing to make were the coasters. As a matter of fact, I should probably put a post up with directions and steps because they were super easy and we sold over 100! Thanks for the ideas :) (OH! and if you get any, you should post them for all of us other non-inspired people!)

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