As I’ve shared before, I grew up without a ton of money. Even when my husband and I were first married, he was doing his residency, so we didn’t have extra money then either. I think the combination of that background and my creativity has been the foundation of my eclectic decorating style.
When I was a kid, I used to look around on trash day at all of the things people tossed out; and inevitably I’d end up hauling this or that home. To this day, I’m still that way. If a friend says they have something to give away, I jump on it – whether I need it or not (usually not).
Often, if I can’t find a home for it inside my house, I’ll go searching in the yard for “just right spot,” – consequently, I have a lot of busts and things around my yard.
I also love going to swap meets, and have inexpensively filled my home with the great hand-colored drawings, etchings and other treasures that I’ve found at those. I will often fill a wall space with collections of several pieces hanging together. I’m not one for doing things by way of exact measurements, but I do plan. For wall collections I lay the pictures on the floor and map out an arrangement, leaving 1-2” between each (the equal spacing helps it not look so hodge podge). Once I’ve found an arrangement I like, I hang them on the wall that way.
Taking all of that into account, as you can imagine, my house is full. But, it has such a warm, cozy vibe that everyone who visits loves it. Wall color helps with that vibe too, but that’s a discussion for another blog…
I love helping friends with their homes too. This week, I helped a friend who wanted some input on where she has things hanging in her home. We captured our little session on video so I could share it with you.
At the end of the day, none of the decorations in your home (including the color of the walls) is permanent. So go out on a limb and try something new, or mix and match things – you’ll be surprised at the great looks you discover. And, if you try something you don’t like … you can always change it.