I started this blog with the lofty intention of perching on the steps of decorating Mount Olympus and handing out sage advice and pithy quips on decorating.
In my mind….I was going to be amazing.
At the time, I had a camera that came in a yellow disposable box and you threw it away after you used it. The words white balance and manual focus and DSLR were not in my vocabulary. So I hired a local photographer to come out to the house and take pictures of my Christmas decor. I worked for weeks getting the house ready and composing witty decorating repartee’ for my big blog debut.
The pictures came back and I loaded them into the computer.
I was so excited.
I couldn’t wait to share my decorating knowledge with the world. My hands practically danced for joy as they flew over the keyboard writing a lengthy dissertation on how to use neutrals in Christmas decorating.
Until I noticed the scraggly Wal Mart Christmas tree without a tree skirt.
And the white pumpkins I had inadvertently left out by Mary and Joseph and baby Jesus.
And the dust on the bookshelf.
And the set of encyclopedias that the dog had chewed.
I tell you all this so you understand that I’m not really the best advice giver in the world.
I’m just a girl who wears cheetah print shoes with jeans and big earrings and shops every 90% off sale between here and the Atlantic Ocean.
I like spray paint.
And chips and dings and character and imperfections.
I like anything that looks like it would be found on the set of Mad Men (the first season).
I like glitter and barn wood and milk glass and things that I never even knew I needed from the clearance aisle.
And if I could give one piece of design advice…..my favorite decorating tip would be…..
…..to decorate from your heart.
I know it sounds corny and I hope you aren’t rolling your eyes……because it’s true. And the best advice this no-tree-skirt-pumpkin-decorating-manger-scene-clearance-aisle girl can give.
If you like bright colors and the magazines all say that neutrals are in please don’t listen to the magazines. Hang the brightest colors you can from every corner of your house.
If you like an all white room with a pink chair and a black table with a single lemon in a bowl as a centerpiece….simply own it.
If you like orange shag carpeting and lava lamps and the brilliant combination of purple and fuchsia….
….you go girl.
How you decorate should truly be all about you.
Put a recipe on the wall.
Design a sign from your favorite song lyrics.
Then your house will be a reflection of you and your heart and truly become a home…..
…..that everyone will know was decorated by a rock star. 🙂