Although we’ve been living in our current home for a number of years, some rooms have come together faster than others. There are some spaces in your home that are easy to decorate and furnish as you are basically furnishing them with pieces thatyou already own and you just need to add a splash of color to the walls to complete the look. Other rooms however may pose a challenge, as your house may be larger than your previous one leaving you with greater areas to furnish.
This is the case in our current home. Previously, we had one large area that was a combined living room, formal dining area and family room. Our current home has a separate family room and a combined formal dining and living room. It has literally taken me years to figure out the kind of look that I wanted in this room and then longer still to pull it all together.
Although home design sites are great for using as ideas and inspiration, it is not always possible to re-create the look that other people have achieved due to house configuration, budget constraints or other restrictions. A great resource on the site is the discussion boards where you can post pictures of your own design conundrums and receive advice from other readers.
Interior design blogs such as Habitually Chic, Decor8 and apartment therapy are also great fun to peruse and are useful for planting that design seed that will hopefully develop into a great idea for a room or a look that you are trying to create.
My own Eureka moment came from an innocent meander around the Beyond Stores website. My eyes were drawn to a Royal Blue Light Pendant, once I realized that this would look wonderful over our dining room table, the rest of the look just came together.
Another great online shopping experience is to scout out you local craigslist and see if there are any original or even vintage pieces that you really love. These one-of-a-kind pieces often develop into the focal part of the room or the living area.
Travel and the Great Outdoors
If you are lucky enough to travel to some beautiful destinations, you can bring back some well picked pieces to accent your home. If you have space and the option of shipping then a large unique piece of furniture can provide endless inspiration and an international flavor to your home.
You don’t have to go far however to find inspiration. Just step outside your front door or to the nearest local park and take in the different shades and textures of all the nature and lush greenery around you then step back in and decide how you can incorporate this into your home.