Two identical houses sit side by side, walk into one and you feel comfortable and welcome.Walk into the second house and you feel ugh – uncomfortable? The people in both houses are friendly, the type of people you would like to get to know better.
What’s the difference?
The difference is the way the houses are talking about their occupants. In the first house you enter you have that warn cozy feeling allowing your eyes to roam freely throughout the room.
In the second house nothing flows together. Your eyes are constantly being stopped by an out of place window treatment or “thingie” that just doesn’t belong where it’s placed. You suddenly realize that your feeling uncomfortable and can’t wait to get out of there?
Here is a quick list of decorating secrets that will make your home shout “here lives one awesome family”:
Secret #1. Don’t Sweat The Cost!
The reason I put “don’t sweat the cost” as the first secret is because that’s the number one reason I have heard through the years that people don’t decorate. It’s too expensive!
Two identical houses sit side by side on the same street. The people living in both houses are friendly people the type you would like to get to know better. Enter one house and you feel comfortable and welcome, enter the second and from the moment you enter you feel uncomfortable and on edge. Whats the difference?
That’s just a bunch of cow dung. In my thirty plus years of decorating, some of the best decorated homes were the ones that the owners spent hardly any money. Money is not the cure all for awesome decorating.
I have seen far too many homes where they spared no cost and decorated to the hilt. The result was a show place that you couldn’t be comfortable in if you cared to try.
Some of the greatest decorating treasures are in your mind – outside of the box – or down the street at the thrift store or “Good Will”.
Secret #2. Decorate For Your Family!
Decorating should be meaningful. You want to showcase the talents and hobbies of your family. High lite those activities your family is into by incorporating those sports or activities into you family room decorating. The most important people who will ever be in your home is your family. Flaunt them and show all your visitors and friends what you’re about as a family.
Secret #3. Get the Family Involved In the Decorating
When the family is involved in the decorating project you create family memories that will last lifetimes and be talked about at family gatherings for years to come.
When the family is not involved in the decorating they resent the intrusion into their space and will throw little “monkey wrenches” into the project to show their resentment.
Secret #4. Go Style Shopping as a Family!
Don’t know what style or theme you want your next decorating project to be? Make it a family fun decision. Go style shopping with your family, ending up in a favorite place for desert or snacks and discuss what your project will look like and say about your family.