Well my favorite two days have flown by once again. I spent the weekend with family celebrating my sister’s birthday and getting a start on my nieces’ rooms. I am so excited about how their rooms are coming along but I can’t share much just yet. We are waiting on some back-ordered items and have a coupe of projects still to finish up. In case you are new to the decorating game, most rooms hit some sort of snag along the way. Hopefully your decorator makes them as unnoticeable as possible, but every project has them.
In my own life I have hot one snag over and over again…what to do with my magazines. I have been stashing Real Simple issues since 2004. I have always just loved that magazine and the covers are always so pretty that I have a hard time just throwing them away. I recently decided it was time to purge but, even after loading 10 years worth into a box I couldn’t bear to drag it out to our recycling bin. Does anyone else have this problem? I know that I can find just about anything on Pinterest or a simple Google search, but there’s something about having a printed copy of pretty images. So, I have finally found a solution….
I decided that I would keep all of the November issues. November is the month I got married and that was right around the time I started reading Real Simple- probably trying to domesticate myself :). It also happens to be Harper’s birthday month and I’ve always thought she would like to look back through my antiquated magazines one day. How fun will it be to show her how we were trying to decorate, cook, and dress way back in the early 2000’s! Now if I continue to get magazines, I know that the November issues are the keepers. I think this system could work for anyone. Just choose a sentimental month…your birthday, your anniversary, your favorite month, etc.
And speaking of solutions- I held my first Style Sessions two weeks ago and had a great time dolling out some quick tips. One common “problem” that came up multiple times was the quest to mix casual and formal. Most people want a tailored, pulled together look but while maintaining a sense of casual comfort. Unfortunately our rooms usually lean more one way than another and once you start with more formal or more casual it’s hard to move away from it. Several people with whom I met were struggling to find the balance in their rooms. “How do I decorate my playroom so that it is still a room grown-ups want to hang out in?” “How do I make our formal dining room appear like it’s for 30 year olds instead of my parents?” Here were some simple suggestions I came up with…