Do people still send out Christmas cards? I do, and I find my list of recipients actually increasing, as I get older. I enjoy the whole process and in fact, find it rather relaxing. Setting aside a chunk of time as humans is a necessary vice and we should be able to do that without feeling guilty. I’m just not into instant messaging or tweeting, my heartfelt holiday tidings so I kind of get into it. I love stretching out on the green overstuffed sofa with a favorite pen, the type that is the perfect weight and it just feels right resting between your fingers. For some reason the ink just glides out effortlessly, and my handwriting seems to greatly improve with this better instrument. A nice glass of wine doesn’t seem to hurt either.
Reflecting on events of the past year with different people and their personalities and how we relate to each other, requires a little thinking, but I find it enjoyable, nonetheless. If I happen to run out of space, that just might require a telephone call, which, unfortunately, is turning out to be another lost art form too. Gads, what will life be like in fifty years? Whether you write cards or not, you probably still get mail delivered. If your house just happens to need a little sprucing up on the outside, be sure to check out our collection of beautiful mailboxes -
Bringing the feeling of the outdoors in is a popular idea in many decorating styles. Perhaps none more so than the cabin decorating style. Cabin decorating can be a fun way to include outdoor motifs in your home. This article, however, takes cabin decorating to a whole other level. Adding pets to the family home as a way to accessorize a design style is definitely a new idea. You may want to forgo the design advice in this particular article and focus your cabin decorating scheme on more traditional ideas. These might include using wood furniture with simple, clean lines and fabrics that are warm and comfortable. Flooring should favor wood floors with patterned throw rugs. Traditional cabin colors run towards deep greens, blues, browns, and reds. When choosing accessories in cabin decorating, make sure that you keep your particular cabin motif in mind. This motif can shine through in a variety of ways from curtain rods to napkin rings or anything in between.
If you are looking for a comprehensive guide to get started on a cabin decorating theme you might want to check out this article. Depending on how committed you are to your new decorating theme, you can start by picking a small room such as a powder room to experiment with. On the other hand, if you know that this style is exactly what you are looking for, you might consider planning around a dominant feature in your home such as a fireplace. This article offers guidance across a range of cabin decorating elements including the use of wood, light fixtures, and wrought iron in your cabin decorating scheme. If you choose to incorporate a wildlife theme in your home, be sure that it is something that you won’t tire of, as it can be easy to over-use bears, moose, and deer as you choose pieces for your home.
Quality decorating advice can be difficult to come by without hiring a design team. Fortunately there are resources available online that can give you some great tips and ideas to get you started. However, you will want to be careful about from which articles you take your advice. I recently read this article about lodge decorating tips. While I agree that drawing a color palette that is inspired by nature is a great tip for a lodge decorating scheme, I disagree that all colors that are found in nature are naturally coordinated with each other. Remember, articles offering interior design advice are based on that individual’s own taste. As you research your desired decorating style, make sure you take your advice from a trusted source.
When designing window treatments for your home it is important to keep your overall style in mind. For example, if you are using a cabin decorating theme you will want to include different types of fabrics than if you were using a Victorian or colonial style. The cabin style usually calls for tab top curtains in a deep green or red colored plaid. When installing tab top curtains it is important to remember that your curtain rod will be exposed. This creates an excellent opportunity to add a little more detail to your room. Curtain rods are available with a variety of finial styles that can help you express your cabin decorating style.
Your kitchen can be an expensive room to redesign. Many people feel the need to pull out old cabinets and install completely different ones in their place. However, if you aren’t planning to change the layout of your kitchen, a simple facelift might be what you need. If you are going for a cabin decorating style you might want to try replacing just the door fronts of your current cabinets with something more in keeping with your style. This can be a cost effective way to give your kitchen a new look. Changing out your cabinet hardware can also be a great way to revamp your cabin style. If you don’t currently have hardware on your kitchen cabinets adding some can really make a difference to the look and feel of your kitchen.
Up in the mountains the snow falls gently on your peaceful lodge retreat. Armed with your favorite book you are curled up next to a cozy, crackling fire. Steaming hot chocolate warms you from the inside while the fire keeps you toasty warm and safe from the cold outside. If you remove the fireplace from this cozy scenario it changes things quite a bit! No lodge home is complete without a fireplace. Wood burning fires require tools to accomplish the jobs that come with them. You can add a log to the fire with your heavy duty tongs. Use your fireplace poker to adjust the logs of your fire. After the fire is safely out for the night, empty out the ashes from your fireplace with the broom and shovel specifically designed for such a task. A lodge decorating scheme is incomplete without fireplace accessories.
Your bathroom makes an excellent platform for expressing your lodge decorating style. Adding small touches in a small space can make a big statement. Pay attention to your hardware and fixtures as these can bring a completed feeling to your room. Don’t stop at faucets and door handles; the towel bars you choose can go a long way towards making your style apparent. If you elect to use stock hardware from a home improvement store you will detract from your lodge style rather than expressing it. Instead consider how using a rustic style of towel bar can tie your bathroom hardware together. So much of lodge decorating is accomplished through paying attention to details such as these.
In primitive American life, the kitchen has always been the center of hearth and home. Home fires burned in the fireplace or kitchen stove while the family gathered around the table. Pots and pans were within easy reach of the family cook, easing the daily chore of meal preparation. You can readily add that friendly, provincial feeling to your kitchen with the simple addition of a hanging pot rack. Pot racks are available in a variety of sizes and styles to suit your decorating needs. Whether you are searching for a way to finish off your cabin decorating scheme or just beginning to redecorate your kitchen, consider adding a pot rack as a way to bring in the homey feeling of yesteryear.
What not to do….
I spoke with a customer the other day and he told me that he and his wife had just purchased a Craftsman bungalow home and they were having to rip out nearly every decorating detail that the previous owner had incorporated into the home. Remember, I said a bungalow. The previous owner had decorated the entire house with Victorian décor! He said there was flowered wallpaper on every single wall. The lighting was all Victorian style. They had installed a floral Victorian carpet in the dining room and Victorian hardware on all the cabinets including the beautiful built in cabinets.
I asked this customer what made them buy the house in the first place. He told me that in spite of all the hideous decorating the bones of the house were fabulous, the layout was fabulous, the grounds were fantastic and they just plain loved the bones of the house. He realized that there is a lot of work to be done but when all is said and done they will have a gorgeous home. This leads right to the title of this blog today: What not to do.
Everyone has their own likes and dislikes but they need to be tempered to the style of the house. There are distinctive styles of homes: Craftsman, Colonial, Rustic, Victorian, Contemporary, etc. If you live in a non-descript rambler, there is more leeway in the decorating but the key thought is, when you live in a style specific house, stick to the style of the house.
Décor for a Craftsman bungalow is very straight lined and simple, clean and classic. Original Craftsman bungalows usually have fabulous built in cabinetry in the dining room and often cabinets and/or shelves on each side of the fireplace. Colonial homes can either be quite formal or primitive. They have no nonsense furnishings, often braided rugs and period lights. Victorian tends to be fussy. The lighting will have crystals dangling, the rugs very carpeted and yes, flowers are very predominant. There is a lot of gingerbread and spindles and fancy woodwork all about. Decorated properly each of these styles can be absolutely gorgeous – one of those “oh my goodness” moments when you walk into the home.
I saved Rustic décor separate as it is of the four I have mentioned the more laid back, feet on the table type décor. It can be log cabinish or it can tend toward lodge style but it is definitely far more relaxed. An oddity is the fact that you can put a Victorian style light in a rustic home and it can be stylish – kind of the “saloon” feel. That is a whole different style but it can work quite well. Generally bold, colorful western style rugs are incorporated into the décor as well as deep leather sofas and chairs and a lot of outdoor feeling décor.
One style I have not addressed and we do not specialize in is the ultra modern or the “space age” style but this is where I really want to make my point. I think most people can “see” that they would not want to put any of the décor mentioned above into one of these houses. They call for ultra modern, space age type furnishings; chrome, clean lines, glass, etc. This is a case of stick to the era, stick to the style and this is where I am going with this article.
Personally, I am very traditional in my likes, which does not mean that I do not appreciate non-traditional décor but I have always owned rather traditional style homes. I live with a number of family antiques that would never do well in something ultra modern styled. What we own would go well with colonial or Victorian and not so much with the bungalow look and definitely not rustic or space age contemporary. My husband and I were recently checking out houses for sale in an area in which we would like to live and my husband came across a very contemporary home with lots of glass, lofts, and metal wire rope for the rails on the stairway. The kitchen was enough to absolutely send me over the edge and almost convince me I would want to live there but then I asked my husband how willing he was to get rid of his family antiques. I told him we do not own a stick of furniture that would go well in that particular home and that he would have to buy all new furniture. Thankfully that calmed him down!
The upshot is, we all have our own tastes, and if we are not in the few that are able to discard all old furnishings and buy new when they move, don’t buy a home that does not work with your furnishings. If you are unable to do this yourself there are decorators that are more than willing to help you. If that is not in your budget, ask a friend you trust who might be able to guide you in the placement or purchase of furnishings.