Number 1: Listen to your space.
Number 2: Decorate with what you love
Easy, right? But what if the rules aren’t working. Maybe your space is acting like a teenager and giving you the silent treatment.? Or maybe your space decided it wants to speak another language that you can’t translate? Or maybe your challenge is that what you love for your space costs more than an island in the south of France?
When all else fails and the decorating outlook is full of cloudy skies and you are having a terrible, horrible, no-good very bad decorating day, I have a rule number three….
….listen to your cat.
This is the ironwork piece and table that I styled three ways.
I had already styled it with neutrals.
Then I moved on to turquoise.
But when I started to try to style coral, I hit a decorating roadblock. That was a lot of styling and a lot of colors and a lot of tables….
….and I was running out of ideas.
And so there I stood with an empty table and a large ironwork piece on the wall….
….and I had nothing.
As in nada. Zip. Zero. Not a thing.
I vainly looked around the room for inspiration. I needed something else big and iron and cream to offset the large scroll work piece. I had grabbed a large ironwork piece off the front door, but it was gray and not the right color.
Here’s a picture of the piece on the front door in all its front door glory when it was decorated for fall.
Here’s a close-up.
Isn’t it pretty?
But pretty and let’s be honest…..well….gray. Just not the right look for my table. I sighed and stared at with squinted eyes trying to make it turn into something that would work. I was about to give up and settle for a large wire sphere in the place, when all of a sudden….
….I heard a crash.
It was Nash. Remember Nash? That tiny kitten so full of personality that she makes me smile everyday. She never met a decorating project she didn’t like who had been supervising the entire table styling process from beginning to end. And in her supervisory capacity, she had inadvertently knocked over the iron piece from the front door.
I bent down to pick it up and my heart skipped a beat.
It was perfect.
It was wonderful.
It would totally work…..
…..if I simply turned it around and showed the reverse side.
Here’s the piece just as Nash wanted it.
Large. Oversized. Extra scrolly. And cream.
The moral of the story?
When decorating look at everything from a new perspective. Turn rugs over. Flip a fabric to the wrong side. Change the mat on a picture frame. Turn an old iron gate into a backdrop.
The answer to your decorating dilemma might be just under your nose.
Or your cat’s paw. 🙂
PS Here’s Nash all grown up with one of her fan club members.
I’m pretty sure she’s making plans for her Fourth of July decorating. 🙂