|I've begun gathering my inspiration stuff.|
This is the year I'm going to create the home that reflects what I really love, and I'll do it unabashedly. How's that for positive thinking? Step one, check!
To be more specific, I'm moving towards a coastal decor scheme, with clean, cool, crisp colors -- seascapes, beach glass, white furniture. I'll warm it up with touches of vintage -- old leather, sepia photos, and gently used bamboo furnishings.
The challenge: to keep the house from looking trite and schmaltzy, like an out-of-the box beach rental. The way to do that: make it personal and unique. I can do this because my home is not on the market. If you're prepping your home for sale, you can't follow today's advice.
I'll incorporate items we love -- my father's old binoculars, my childhood swim trophies, Mr. Lucky's collection of sharks teeth, framed nautical charts of places we've cruised in our boat. These are items I might not not display in a staged home.
|The oil painting of a ship Mr. Lucky's grandfather captained will get prominent placement.|
|My new old bamboo chairs. Be glad you can't see the black plastic seats.|
- Replace dark wood ceiling fans in living room and bedrooms with white ones.
- Add white plantation shutters to my office.
- Convert all painted furniture to white or pastel colors.
- Recover red cushions in living room with blue denim.
- Replace garden-style glass-topped table, and chairs in dining area, with wooden table and bamboo chairs. Add killer seats, maybe in a coral color for drama!
- Construct a driftwood-framed, sunburst mirror from the 25 x 30-inch ugly mirror I own. Wish me luck. If I succeed, you'll see the tutorial here.
- Slipcovers, slipcovers, slipcovers!
- And cushions!
|Works in progress: the driftwood framed mirror, and some high-water draperies makeover.|
What are your home plans for the year ahead? Dream big, and dream in technicolor.