Decorate Smart Not ‘Spensive’

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  • A few ideas to give a tired  room a fresh up. 

It can be done for a lot less than you might think. My friend wanted to give some umpth to her living  room. She wanted to freshen it up without spending a lot. 

From the start, she had a lot going for her, nice furniture in a neutral style & color, a flair for style and a definite idea of what look she wanted to create. 

The last one may seem less important, but don’t under estimate it’s value. To begin a  journey, it’s usually helpful to have a destination in mind. 

The following quote may be directed toward our clothing choices, but the principle applies.

Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly.”
– Epictetus (Greek philosopher)

Our Greek friend quoted above, makes an excellent point. Know yourself, who you are, your life style, how to look your best and my personal favorite is your body shape a pear or an apple? Dress accordingly. 

Makes sense, few of us would look as fetching in that tiny bikini as the Sport’s Illustrated model wearing it, hopefully we know this.

Does our home look good on us? It will if it reflects who we are. It should be the place where we feel the most comfortable. When we have have company, will our guests see us in our living room? Or someone living in a motel room?

Give it personality, whatever the style, be sure there’s plenty of you in it and that will be the best room you can create.

Ideas to do that? The most obvious areas would be; style, colors and furniture. But In the real world,  most of us may not have as much control over these choices as we’d like. For most, the factor which dictates our choice in these large ticket items is generally our pocket books. We have constraints placed on our use of income. It has to stretch to cover the realities of life, our growing families, care of elderly parents, employment possibilities or unemployment possibilities in our area, health issues, the list is a very long one. 

So we may have our Mom’s older couch, in good condition but not necessarily our favorite color. Our coffee table may not be the perfect match for that couch. Do those things matter all that much? Not compared to the matters of real importance. Regardless of the couch color, it’s home where the people we love usually are, where our life takes place.

But if you have a genuine desire to make the most of what you have, there are options available to us. 

I’ll suggest a few ideas in the next post in this series, yes it just became a series if there’s any interest in it. 

With a few small touches, you can reinvent the look of a room from outdated to  life.

I hope share a few ideas that will inspire you. If you have any tips of your own please feel to share them in your comments. I think this  may be a lot of fun.

Know yourself

Published by Barbara Harms Fiber Art & MoreBarbara Harms Fiber Art

About Myself & My Approach I come from a family filled with many artists.s always played a role in my life, in one form or another. By my teens, I had narrowed my focus to painting.I decided I was going to become a serious painter. I joined the Las Vegas Artist's Guild, at 15, the youngest member at that time. I was totally out of my league, a kid among so many serious adult artists. But to be there, exposed to art in that way was quite an experience. I was enraptured, soaking up. I tried to go unnoticed, just a fly on the wall, mute, a big ole smile plastered on my face. soaking it all up. I tryed to go unnoticed; a mute teenager, eyes wide opened and a huge smile plastered across my face. I’m pretty I was noticed, a mute kid with an enraptured look on my face. I've continued to paint throughout my life. On occasion I've sold my work, but I had more important priorities, one being raising my wonderful children. My circumstances have changed, the kids grown, I had more time and Art was like theorpy for me. I was introduced to the world of quilting & fell in love. I did miss the creative freedom painting afforded. Then I discovered mixed media fiber art, I was home. MY APPROACH TO ART It's the creative process that holds the greatest attraction for me. Starting with a tiny seed of an idea; vague and blurred around the edges, I follow where that leads. My approach is an instinctual one. Generally, I do little pre-planning. themselves, my appproacj response js an instinctual one. This approach can lead to quite a few changes in the direction the quilt takes. The outcome can come as a surprise. I love that element of surprise! Sometimes everything just comes together & I think this is one of my better ones. I can’t wait to show someone. I feel like a six year old, running home from school, a drawing in hand, excited to show Mom. At those times. I'm smiling like the Cheshire cat. I’ve had work published in several magazines., which is gratifingvl. But the most gratifying thing is having clients be really happy with their purchased quilt. Word press Etsy shop-sales Https://barbaraharms.com Contact: inquiry Personal Links kool

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