When it’s wet and cold outside, I crave a bit of color. So I created a zero cost winter decorating color refresh by shopping my apartment.
Shop your home:
Last week I showed you a winter vignette on the sewing machine table over in the corner of the living room. Today I switched a few things out and added some color to that vignette.
Of course there is always editing to do. So the first photo you see is after I edited. And the one below that one is before I edited with the current look.
Can you determine why I switched things up a bit from the second photo? I felt it was just a bit too much going on. So I edited. It’s always good to edit.
Bring decor from your stash:
Rather than try to get things the way you want it the first time, just bring all the things you’re interested in using to the room. Put them in place.
Then stand back and see what’s bothering you and what pleases you. Then edit and see if that’s what you prefer. You can always add back.
All I added above are the two green jugs. Just inserting one bit of color makes a real difference.
Switch out a few items with color:
I put the trees I used last week inside the vintage suitcase. Great way to store them. Then I added a yellow/gold table cloth.
It had to be ironed and Ivy nearly drove me crazy trying to pull it down off the ironing board while I ironed.
And I switched out the white pitcher for a gold/yellow one.
Below is what it looked like last week.
I enjoyed looking at both versions. But I know how weary and dreary winter can get. It rained all day yesterday.
So I thought: bring on the color! (But I admit I thought it was kind of dreamy and magical in green, brown and white too.)
Switch out decor like bowls or platters:
Above, after I edited. Below, before editing. I switched bowls for the fruit from red to an old vintage bowl in neutral.
I switched pillows because I thought the patchwork was getting too busy.
And I laid the gold throw on the chair instead of adding such a big burst of color folded over the chair. Slightly altered, but effective in my opinion.
I added a few small quilts to layer over surfaces. It’s amazing what just a few things can do to transform a room.
Which do you prefer? I think the red bowl is a bit too much. But then choice is always personal.
In a small space, remember that you don’t want to overwhelm the eye with too many colors.
It wasn’t long before Ivy got interested in what was going on.
Ivy is ALWAYS interested in what is going on. And she jumps right in the middle of it every time as though she thinks its her birthright.
There she is, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed before I switched pillows. Doesn’t she look pretty up against my handmade patchwork pillow I made many years ago?
Above, before. Below, after editing.
Always add texture:
I know I say this a lot. Texture, texture, texture. But it adds so much to a room. It can be accomplished with wood beads, plants and other little pretties.
Things that are three dimensional often work. And primitive versus new and shiny.
I brought the vintage box with the cow from the other side of the couch. I mixed things up a bit for a slightly different look.
That is my very favorite gardening book that I’ve showed you many times. The beads are the same as before.
See the white strand of beads around the yellow pitcher? I dug into my necklace box and that is a necklace of mine. So dig in your jewelry box to see what you can come up with to accent decor.
Use something vintage:
The vintage suitcase is the same. I just closed the lid. Many of the plants are the same. The faux lamb’s ear is just in a different pitcher.
Remember to use your vertical space:
In a small space, you want to build upward. Use vertical space to lead the eye. Then the space seems larger than it actually is.
Dining room hutch refresh:
I switched out some of my white plates with polka dotted plates here in my hutch. That’s really an easy and fast switch but a completely different look.
I’m often asked about the white dishes. I got mine at Target, but I found some that are just as pretty
Charlie prefers to sit back and watch me do the decorating changes…
While Ivy prefers to help edit the decor…
Oops! Well, there goes one of the sheep. Ivy couldn’t help herself. First she was chewing on it, then she swiped it down. So much for the little details.
Then she seemed to think that it would be more appropriate if she was in the dough bowl on top of the magazines. Posed much like a sphinx.