A decorating project can be a lot of fun! It’s a great opportunity to be creative, shop for some new things and make an old room feel brand new. It brings a sense of accomplishment and pride. We start out saying, “Yea, I can do that!” And, finish saying, “look at what I did!” 🙌🏼
DIY home decorating is not as simple (or boring) as it used to be. You have access to pretty much all the same resources and inspiration that I do, which is incredible! However, having so many options readily accessible online and in stores can cause some confusion about where to start decorating. Do you start with wallpaper? How about an area rug? Maybe upholstery fabric? A simple paint color?
Over the years, I have been asked this question quite a bit and I have also read about it in magazines and design blogs, as well as discussed it with colleagues (and clients). To be honest, there are a variety of answers out there, and I really don’t think any one of them is right or wrong.
I’m sure that leaves you thinking right now, “great… thanks for the help, Jeffrey.🙄 That didn’t clear up a thing.” Well, I promise that I explain more in the video above and give you specifics as to where to begin this creative process, where NOT to begin, and where I started with decorating my apartment. This video actually builds on what I talked about in a video I shared a couple weeks ago about starting a decorating project with lists and showing you how to draw a floor plan to scale. That video explained where to begin from the practical/technical side, where as this video talks about where to begin from the creative side. 🌈
I hope that this video helps guide you along on your decorating journey. If it does, please be sure to click that “thumbs up” button after watching, share it with someone else who you know is starting a decorating project and don’t’ forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel! Enjoy & happy decorating!
I’ve got a plan, friends! I am happy to report that I finally dedicated some time this past week to finish drawing my living room furniture plan – yay!
In case you need a little reminder, I’m in a one-bedroom New York City apartment so it’s not like I have gobs of space to play with or oodles of layout options. The delay in getting this done, as I mentioned last week, is simply that I haven’t had the time to dedicate to this like I hoped. There were definitely a couple layouts bouncing around in my head since I first visited the apartment, and I even had a good idea of the one that would be the winner. However, to confirm the idea I had in my head and to help me determine the size of furniture that would fit, I put my pencil to graph paper and filled in the to-scale floor plan I showed you how to draw in last week’s video.
This initial plan is simple, but it’s critical because it let me know the sizing of several key pieces of furniture for my living room and spurred ideas for some potential shifts to my office setup, which I walk you through in this week’s video. I’m also sharing some important measurements for you keep in mind when creating a furniture plan of your own or simply rearranging the furniture in your home.
Oh, and some other super exciting news…. I found a sofa(!!!)… which I can now purchase because I know the exact size that will fit. I can’t tell you how happy I am that I’m nearing the end of laying on my yoga mat “sofa.” 😁 I’ll be ordering the real sofa this week so its arrival is still several weeks away. However, once it’s here I’ll be sharing all the deets with you, as well as a “how to” and “things to think about” when shopping for a sofa. In the meantime, keep watching for new, fun and helpful videos from me every Tuesday. If you enjoy them don’t forget to click the thumbs up button, share them with someone who you think will also enjoy them and subscribe to my YouTube channel!
People often ask me if my home is super organized and well decorated, or if I’m the cobbler with no shoes. Well, as of right now, I’m officially the cobbler with no shoes. Yes, that’s right my apartment is not the epitome of organization or design right now. I mean, it’s not that bad since the things I have are organized… very organized, actually. 😁 However, it definitely doesn’t accurately represent me or how I typically have things. You may not be surprised by this if you watched the video of my apartment tour from a couple months ago… but, honestly, I was hoping that I would have more done by now.
Since moving into my new apartment life has been go, go, go, go, goooooo! 🏃 Most of which has been good stuff so I’m certainly not complaining (and besides, who wants to listen to a complainer… all our lives are go, go, go, go, goooooo). It’s just left me with little time to focus on one of my joys – nesting! Plus, by committing myself to documenting my process of nesting (a.k.a. how I create and live in an organized home), I definitely ended up slowing down the process… quite a bit. Although, while it may be taking longer, I am enjoying a whole new creative process through creating my videos and having the opportunity to share more tips, ideas and simply more of myself than if I never began this journey. It’s been fun and thanks to you it’s been rewarding as well. I hope that you have also been enjoying the journey so far and that you’re finding some sort of inspiration in the various types of ideas I’m sharing around home and life. 🤗
All that said, the decorating train is finally (slowly) pulling out of the station. In this week’s video, I’m sharing some apartment decorating updates, as well as my ideas on getting started on a decorating project and why drawing floor plans to scale is über important (I’m also going to show you how easy it is to do). Oh, and I have one big change to share with you in the apartment that I think you will agree was an essential aesthetic upgrade. I hope you enjoy this week’s video! If you do, please click the thumb up button and subscribe to my YouTube channel so you never miss a future video… like next week’s, where I’ll be talking about some important measurements you should keep in mind when creating a floor plan, as well as a walk through of the floor plan for my new living room.
ON THE SIXTH DAY OF NEATNESS…
Well, we’re already at the halfway mark for the 12 Days of Neatness and I hope that you’re enjoying these incredibly neat products and gift ideas. For today, I couldn’t resist featuring a tool that sits at the very crossroads of neatness and usefulness. I was first introduced to the Hang & Level™ made by Under the Roof Decorating when I received it as a gift one holiday season myself. Since then, this nifty little tool is at my side whenever I need to hang any framed picture of any size. The Hang & Level takes out the frustration out of hanging pictures by assisting you with perfect placement of both the frame and the nail. At the same time, it also helps you achieve perfect alignment vertically and horizontally along your wall or against adjacent pictures. Working with the tool couldn’t be easier. Not only do they have web videos that show you exactly how to use it (you become an expert picture hanger in 2 minutes flat), but they have helpful tips on how to use the Hang & Level for multiple pictures or even creating an impressive photo gallery on your wall.
What’s even better about the Hang & Level is the customer support that Under the Roof Decorating provides for their clientele. They are extremely helpful and ready to assist if you should ever have a question or problem. I’ve used this tool countless times for my clients and several times in my own home. I can’t tell you enough how smart and convenient it is to use – and really how much time you save! They’re sold all over the place – check out their website to find out where you can pick one up this holiday season. They make a fun stocking stuffer and the perfect neat product to have around your home.
Check out the new Opencase wall storage system by Henrybuilt – it is gorgeous! This brings versatile, exposed storage to a whole new level. I love its warm, organic look & vast flexibility. While open storage can be difficult to keep looking neat, a system like this certainly helps make it a bit easier. How do you feel about open storage?
I am a huge fan of weekend projects, and I especially love projects that allow me to use old items I have around the house, or inexpensive things I can pick up at my local thrift store or craft store. I find the creative process of the project to be a rewarding and productive moment of solace from the everyday stresses that surround me.
While I wasn’t prepared to work on any projects as Hurricane Irene passed over this weekend, I did discover two great ones from Danny Seo’s new book Upcycling: Create Beautiful Things with the Stuff You Already Have.
The projects: Two great floor mats that are easy and cost-effective to build, and have great style (see below). Had I had all the supplies necessary, I would have had quite a crafty hurricane experience. Instead, I have added the ideas onto my list of fun, future projects.
Leather Belt Rug
Cork Bath Mat
Images & Ideas courtesy of www.dailydanny.com