The first post for Create Your Space, was all about getting organized or at least starting the process of thinking about getting organized, which is a lot of work! I have my never ending list of furniture to re-do, and we always have at least one donation box that we randomly toss things in, now if we could just remember to put the dang box in our car…..we always hit our thrifting circuit when we’re out and about, an inevitably forget the donation box.
I’m a list maker. I love cute notebooks, I seem to have a notebook for every subject and random thought. And of course now I have a cute notebook dedicated to creating our space. For those of you that love lists, check out Evernote app for your phone; it even lets you have check off boxes that you can tick off when complete. It’s almost as fun as highlighting. Haha….my inner nerd is coming out.
Even though this is a process I’ve been through before, many times before, I’m actually looking forward to walking through it again. We’ve been in our (rental) house for about a year and a half. We have some rooms that definitely feel like home, and others with stark walls, no pictures, and extremely limited on personality.
Are you participating along with me? Did you get a small start on organizing, or did you select one or two furniture pieces from around your home that need rehab? Sometimes the whole subject of “Organizing” is overwhelming in itself. If you’re like me, it takes longer to get ready to organize, than it actually takes to execute. I think my plan is to focus two adjoining rooms to walk through the create your space series: the family room, and our kitchen / dining room.
The organizing will go on fOrEVeR! Maybe we’ll have to break it into small bits within each post, but I’ll get back to the fun subject at hand: color. This is something I can emerge myself into with a smile. It’s like laying on the beach in front of the Pink Hotel, with the smell of coconut sunscreen slathered on your warm skin, and a giant Mai Tai spilling out your straw. Focus…..I need a vacation!
About 11 years ago, I was phasing into another one of of my new life within my life. The tiny condo space I called home, was now all mine (or just it was mine until the housing bubble burst). As I looked around my very nondescript space with white walls, I decided that I needed color. Lots and lots of MY favorite colors: Pink, Yellow, Jadite Green. It was very exciting to think about the colors, and let the ideas flow. I no longer had to worry about what someone else would think about having floral sheets, pink walls, or a fluffy pink area rugs.
My husband Jerry, of 3 years doesn’t mind my love of the color pink, and even encourages it; he’s one in a million.
How to find your color inspiration – hopefully you already know what you love, but sometimes it’s just being brave and going forward with it. If you’re worried about outside influence, don’t even tell your friends what your plans are. You’re creating your space, don’t let them redirect your dream nest!
Places to find your color palette:
- Of course Pinterest has a million options for color palettes to select from.
- Another good source of color is the fabric store.They even arrange them all by color, and colors that coordinate.
- I might say the paint department at your favorite department store, but after bringing home every pamphlet of color palettes, there was only one that I found inspiration in. I think you need your ideas prior to hitting the paint department.
- There are a million great design bloggers that can lead you toward the land of beautiful spaces.
- My last suggestion is the online site One King’s Lane, which has a style and color palette for every taste and genre of home decor.
Where do you want your color?
- Repainted furniture
- Throw pillows
- New draperies
- Wall art
- Vintage collections
- Oh so many ideas….
MY COLOR PLAN:
For coloring my space, I started at the fabric store. I had already decided to go with some blues, green, and some coral pinks. My plan doesn’t involve too much paint. I may paint a little in the family room; most likely one focal wall in a neutral color, and in the kitchen dining room I’ll paint the pantry that divides the “official” living room that hosts our pool table. I may restyle a couple furniture pieces that are in our family room. BUT my big changes will be through the sewing projects I have planned, and even started.
- Roman Shades
- Throw Pillows
- I’m going to attempt to sew a sofa slip cover out of canvas drop clothes from Harbor Freight & Tools
- Sew a new pillow cover for our rattan chair
Later I promise to share my before and after pictures. I guess I’m a bit embarrassed right now by my eclectic bohemian crazy decor I have going right now. I just haven’t taken the time to pull things together. I think we become conditioned with each move we make to a new home – leave it in the boxes because it won’t be long. I’m done with that idea! Now I’m going to get moving in the right direction again, starting off with organizing & color!
Just a side note – I LOVE to shop at thrift stores. We don’t have to, but we love it. Some of my favorite people work at the thrift stores we frequent…..you know who you are! You can Create Your Space on the smallest of small budgets, or you can go big and buy it all from One King’s Lane. It’s all up to you!
I did get started with Roman Shades – rentals always have the most hideous blinds!
Share with me if you’re going to walk through this process with me. I would love the company, support, and to hear all of your wonderful ideas!