Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Decorate to Feel Great

Today I'm hosting my first guest post by the fabulous Christina Johnson.  She works remotely for Elliman Prudential and has great advice on how to freshen up your home.  She is using her journalism major to combine what she loves most, writing and her career.  Her specialties include home decor design and DIY home improvement projects.

Being that I bought my first home not long ago, I definitely agree with and appreciate her recommendations.  Owning a home can be quite overwhelming.  There are so many things you want to do, but you don't know where to start, or the piggy bank just isn't quite full enough to support all your projects and purchases...But there are small steps you can take that will make it feel more like your own.  It's amazing how these small changes can make a house turn into a home.

Here are some simple ways to decorate to feel great:

1. Paint
If you have a room that refuses to look fresh no matter how often you clean, chances are it's time for a paint job. A fresh coat of paint will do wonders for a room’s vitality. This task might sound like a huge undertaking but it can be done slowly and easily and finished within a week or so.

If you don’t have any help, tackle one wall at a time. Pull all furniture about five feet away from your wall and throw a sheet over it for protection. Eggshell or flat paint is suggested for walls with a high gloss or semi gloss paint used on baseboards, doorframes and molding.

Even though it takes a few more minutes out of your busy life, be sure to use painter’s tape to prevent paint splashing on baseboards and crown molding.

2. Crown Molding
This may be the cheapest and easiest home decoration trick that will add a million dollar look to any room. Crown molding costs around $15 per 8ft strip and is as easy as hammering a nail into a wall. If you are going to paint and hang crown molding, first decide where exactly you want the molding to hang so you can cover up any excess wall holes during the paint job.

3. Colors
We all have heard how colors affect our moods. Before painting or buying new furniture/accessories, review the details on how certain colors evoke certain moods. If your favorite color is red, if you are trying to lose weight, this is the worst color to put in your kitchen. Perhaps your favorite color is orange. If so, be sure to keep it out of your bedroom or else you may have trouble sleeping.

Colors will affect you no matter what. When choosing colors to bring into your home, first decide how you want to feel in each room and then find the color that will evoke that feeling.

4. Swap Out Clothe Furniture
If you have children or shedding pets, do yourself a favor and swap out that old clothe furniture for either faux or real leather. Not only do such materials come in a wide variety of colors, the look of this material is never dated in the way that most fabrics are. Out is all clothe couches with patterns. In is all chic and easy to clean materials in neutral or bold tones.


I know for us, just changing the paint color REALLY changed the whole look and feel of our home.  It went from cold and boring to warm and inviting.  We (well, our brother-in-law) painted the entire house before we moved in and he and Jared painted our kitchen cabinets.  It looked like a different house.  If you're wanting to paint kitchen cabinets, check out this post.  It's a crazy project to tackle.  I'm thankful we didn't live in the home during this time.

cabinets BEFORE the paint job (and walls too)


cabinets AFTER the paint job

Excuse the terrible lighting, these were taken on a camera phone.  I'm not sure if you can tell or not, but just by painting the cabinets, it made our back splash and counter-tops look like different colors.  I'm so happy with the change.  Many, many thanks to Brian and Jared for sanding and spraying for almost two weeks!

Our whole house was painted this peachy pink color called "champagne".  There was nothing "champagne" about it.  It made the back splash in the kitchen look pink, the tile look pink, EVERYTHING looked pink.  It had to go.


living room before


RIGHT after it was done

Christina is definitely right.  All of her tips can help us make us feel great about our homes.  Hope y'all can take something away from it like I did.  Be blessed! XO

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