Recently a project around the house has been to finally decorate the walls and put a few things up! I think most people my age would probably think “art” as their go to wall decor; but I have to say, I have never been an “art” lover. I still remember a date Ryan took me on to the Getty and I am pretty sure that date is ingrained in my mind because of how utterly boooooored I was! After all, this is coming from someone who thinks Real Housewives (and Gossip Girl) is the greatest show ever created and considers UsMagazine her favorite book!
Anyways, since we already have tons of black and white photo frames I plan to use those but the thought of 30 photographs throughout our small apartment kind of makes me gag. After all, I do not want a shrine to my husband and me. So, it got me thinking…..what else could I use to fill the frames with that doesn’t cost a lot of money?
How about sketches from my favorite designers?! Not sure if these will be make the cut or not, but it sure has me thinking!
Decorating a house always reminds me of putting together an outfit – you start with a main piece (jeans, skirt, dress, or shirt) that you really want to wear, you add complementary items and finish it off with a few accessories that pull the whole look together. That is it in simple terms. However, the big difference in decorating a house is that home decor is much more permanent. Its like having to wear the same outfit all year-long and you only get to change out a few accessories. So the outfit chosen better be one of your favorites.
So, this leads me to my decorating roadblock. Right now, I am having trouble identifying additional items to complement our main pieces (a cream-colored couch and dark wood media stand) — mostly because these cost the most and can totally ruin the whole look of the room. Thankfully just like in fashion a few great accessories can disguise a terrible choice of pant or skirt.
Since, I have a few main pieces to work from (couch and media stand), I am going to start working on accessorizing those and the last few big-ticket items will have to wait just a bit longer until we find just the right ones at the right price. So, all of this leads me to a little mantel inspiration.
While none of these are exactly something that I want to have in our home, they provide me beautiful inspiration as I proceed through the accessorizing stage.