Intentionally Creating a Space You Love

Over the past couple of years, my decorating style has made some drastic changes. Doesn’t this happen to everyone, though? Home décor pieces, artwork and paint colors that you once loved now make you cringe.

On the flip side, there are several things in my home I don’t think I’ll ever tire of. The very first piece of furniture I ever purchased on my own, for example. It’s a beautiful Hooker dresser that has been in our master bedroom for over five years. Every time I look at it, it’s just as gorgeous as the first time I laid eyes on it! I love the look of it, but more importantly, I love the way it makes me feel. It causes me to reminisce on the excitement of buying the FIRST piece of furniture for our bedroom as a married couple.

I have a piece of art over my mantle that is especially near and dear to my heart. While it may move around to different rooms over the years, it will always stay in our home. I could probably write a whole other article about this piece of art, but the artist’s name is Brooke Eagle. But lest anyone is confused, I am not boasting about my own artwork. I share a name with an artist I met in Wilmington, NC! I found her original (and gorgeous) art in a boutique in Wilmington while on a mother-daughter trip with my best friend, her mom and my mom. While I did NOT (at the time) have a specific place for the 30×40 piece of art, I knew that I couldn’t go home without it! We drove the four hours home with our heads tilted to the side because it was SO BIG that it went halfway into the backseat. The neck cramps were totally worth it, though—this piece of art makes me smile every time I look at it.

So, how has my decorating style changed? It has become significantly more minimal and most importantly, intentional. I’ve stopped buying home décor accents, artwork, knick-knacks and even furniture just because I like the way it looks. Instead, I think long and hard about it and ask myself a few questions.

#1: Do I really and truly LOVE this piece? If so, why?

#2: Do I have a (very specific) place for it?

#3: Am I only interested in this item because it’s a good deal?

If the answer to #1 and #2 is YES and the answer to #3 is NO, congrats! You’ve moved on to Step 2: Wait 24 hours. After the 24 hours is up, do you STILL want the item? If so, go for it (if it’s in your budget, of course). Why wait 24 hours? I’ve found that, much like a junk food craving, the feeling will pass.

This new-found way of purchasing things has caused me to get rid of a lot of pieces in my home that I don’t love (and BONUS, you can consign them for extra cash or donate them for a tax write-off!).

I’ve learned a couple of valuable lessons through this process of re-decorating.

#1) Less is more! More furniture, more accent pieces, artwork and knick knacks is NOT always better. In fact, with a more minimal space, you may find that your stress level decreases. I know it did for my husband and me!

#2) Decorating your home is a marathon—not a sprint. If you are moving into a new space or re-vamping your current space, take your time! Enjoy the time with a blank canvas and wait until you find that perfect piece to fill up the empty space.

#3) Decorating is about creating a space YOU love—not about creating a space that you think will impress others. Fill your home with things that make your heart smile (but don’t literally fill it—refer to lesson #1).

#4) Ask for help! Getting professional help before making big decorating decisions is always a good idea. An interior designer is going to have your best interests at heart and is going to help you choose something that you aren’t tired of six months down the road. I’ve frequently used Ava Lewandowski with ReDESIGNS by Ava and cannot say enough great things about her. From helping me choose light fixtures to paint colors and everything in-between, she has been a life saver. Ava has helped me understand exactly what my decorating style is and has gotten me well on my way to achieving a look that I know my husband and I will love for years to come.