Where to Start Decorating Your Home
1. Know Your Style
It’s so important that you know what Interior Design Style (or styles) you LOVE before you start making any purchase decisions. When I first started decorating , I let my wallet and my feelings guide me. That led to mismatched decor and a range of colors, finishes, and styles. Don’t do what I did! Look into the various Interior Design Styles. Some examples are Mid-century Modern, Modern Farmhouse, Industrial, Eclectic, Scandinavian, or Transitional. See which ones really catch your eye and capture the feeling you want for your home BEFORE you start decorating.
When you know the Style that really speaks to you and will work in your home, you can start to make smart furniture and decor decisions. You can look for furniture and decor that fits that style. When you buy things that are all in one style they become more versatile and are sure to create a cohesive look for your home.
If you like more than one style, you can absolutely mix them! Although, it may be a little tricky for beginners. Pick a dominant style, like Modern Farmhouse, and then accent it with a secondary style, like Industrial. The key to really balancing style is having a common element through your home- this might be a wood texture like walnut, a geometric pattern or even a common color like blue or grey.
2. Create a Whole Home Mood Board
Most people don’t realize that when they start to decorate their home, they need some boundaries. Otherwise, every pretty thing that comes your way will be something you purchase. And those purchases will add up to a mixture of decor that doesn’t really look and flow well in your home.
When I was first decorating my apartment, I needed boundaries. I needed to define my style and what colors I loved. I needed a plan for decorating my home so I could make smart purchases. When it came to decorating my second home, I created a whole home mood board. This defined the boundaries of what I would buy for my home.
A whole home mood board captures the colors you want to use in your home, the finishes, and the style you want of furniture and decor. This is like your cake recipe that you follow to bake a perfect cake! If you don’t know what your ingredients are and how much of each to put in, your cake isn’t going to turn out very well. Same thing with decorating, if you buy random items and try to mix them together – it’s not going to turn out well.
3. Make Lists!
Once you have your “recipe” for your home decor, you want to make a list of items you want or need to buy. You wouldn’t go to the grocery store without a list, right? Why? Because you’ll inevitably buy more than you planned and forget the things you needed. So take your “recipe” (aka home mood board) and plan items you want to buy for each room in your home.
If it’s easier, just focus on one room at a time. Go through the room and determine what you want to keep and what you want to toss. Make a note of anything you would like to eventually replace or what you want to add to the room. Prioritize your list so the most needed items are what you budget and save for first.
These are some simple steps you can do today to start decorating confidently and wisely in your home. Which step do you need to take? Maybe you know your style, but need to create a whole home mood board. Or maybe you need to write down a list of purchases to make so you stick to those purchases only.
7 Ways To Save Money At The Home Improvement Store
1. Sign up for a loyalty card
Some home improvement stores offer loyalty cards that entitle you to discounts, coupons, and special sales as a thank you for being a regular customer. Visit customer service and see if your local store offers a loyalty card and if so, sign up for it!
2. Take advantage of free workshops
Ask for a schedule of any free workshops the store is offering so you can get some design tips and expert advice at no cost. Many home improvement stores offer weekend tutorials at no or little cost, so you can hone your skills and get the job done yourself.
3. Take advantage of store credit card offers
Does your local home improvement store offer a credit card? If so, it may come with special deals such as no interest for a limited time or a discount on all purchases. If the store offers a deal for sign up, sign up for the card, reap the discounts, and pay off the card asap, so you don’t go into debt just to save a little money!
4. Scour those Sunday papers
Check out the ads for local home improvement stores and see if they include any coupons. These are typically in the Sunday paper and perfect for use on your purchase! Don’t see any? Call your local store and ask where coupons might be found.
5. Like them on Facebook
Be sure to “like” your favorite home improvement store on Facebook and follow them on their different social media pages. This way you always know when they are gearing up for sales, get directed to printable coupons, and might get some fan only deals!
6. Ask about scratch and dent items
Home improvement stores tend to discount their scratched and dented items, especially appliances. You can also find paint gallons that weren’t mixed to the correct color or boxes of tile where some of the pieces are cracked. Ask about these less than perfect items and where you can find them. You never know what you might find.
7. Take advantage of price matching
Does your local store price match? Compare ads and see! Many stores will not only match the price but offer an additional discount on top of it. You have to do your homework, but this is an excellent way to score a deal!
See how simple it can be to use these ways to save money at the home improvement store? Give these money saving strategies a try and see how much you can save.
20 Top Free Stock Photo Sites
This is a perfect site for chic feminine workspace photos
This is one of the first free stock photo sites I stumbled across.
Like Unsplash, Pexels offers a wide range of stock images that will fit any brand.
Try not to get sucked into the immense library that pixabay offers… so many fabulous images to look through just by typing in the colour pink or blue!
5. Stock Snap
From flowers to desktops, stationery and notebooks, beauty, makeup and more……
6. Ivory Mix
After signing up with your email… you have immediate access to over 350 free stock photos!
7. Stok Pic
Super fun, in the sun travel photos…. fitness, food and relaxation photos are aplenty.
8. Creative Convex
While these are not updated or added to monthly… you should totally download these high-resolution floral and product mockup stock images.
okay…. this one of my all-time favorite sites for Free stock photos!
10. Visual Hunt
Similar to some of the other sites above, like Pixebay… there are still some great options to choose from – and the way they offer their search feature (by colour) is super helpful.
11. Solopreneur Sidekick
While this site is not 100% stock photo related, there are 10 amazing free stock photos to download. I highly recommend you don’t miss out on grabbing these today!
12. Gold and Berry
Can I say… Vogue chic!
13. Create Her Stock
Neosha offers a small collection of Free images in her library as well as a paid VIP membership to access over 1,500+ images that are curated for female bloggers, creatives, and online influencers of color.
14. Haute Stock
This is one of my all-time favourite paid membership websites.
15. Girl Boss Stock
I wish I could subscribe to all the paid memberships.. but my husband would just kill me.
A great little collection of stock photos for fempreneurs & hustlin’ Lady Bosses.
One of my top choices for a paid sock membership would be KateMax Stock! Her crisp, bright and airy photos are simply stunning!
18. Styled Stock Society
Elle, is a fabulous photographer who offers monthly freebies as well as the option for a monthly membership, and she also offers a lifetime membership.. which means – one payment for life, and access to all her amazing photos!
19. SC Stock Shop
Yes… I am sure everyone is already very familiar with SC Stock Shop.
20. The Stock Boutique
Last but not least… access some more Free stock images with email sign up.
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The Best Interior Design Styles, as Revealed by Google
1.Vintage – 48,560.
2. Industrial – 38,710.
3. Contemporary – 37,650.
4. Scandinavian – 33,660.
5. Rustic – 31,900.
6. Coastal – 29,170.
7.Traditional – 26,760
8. Minimalist – 18,280
9. Victorian – 17,290
10. Japanese – 16,530
11. Farmhouse – 14,060
12. Retro – 11,730
13. Art Deco – 11,560
14. Bohemian – 9,390
15. Shabby Chic – 9,360
16. Bauhaus – 9,280
17. Tropical – 8,800
18. Moroccan – 8,200
19. Mexican – 8,140
20. Gothic – 7,420
SWEETS FAIRY TAIL, CY
Design office: IIDSK DESIGN
Area: 40 m2
Location: Limassol, Cyprus
Renovation, decoration and design of optical shop in Hydra, Greece.