It doesn’t take a lot of money to design a warm, inviting home that others will want to visit and stay. That is my goal for our home – a welcoming place where friends can relax and enjoy life. Here’s my advice to I give those who ask me and are trying to create the same.

  1. Determine your style. What look are you wanting to accomplish? Do you like mid-century modern, contemporary, rustic, French country, shabby chic, coastal, or industrial?
  2. It takes time. After you determine what style and look you love – start smart and go slow. Create and design one room at a time. This will keep your budget down and spread costs over time.
  3. Pick accent pieces that will compliment and create the warmth you want in any style. Decorative pillows, throws, and candles are great items that can add a lot of character to any room.
  4. Paint. I can’t say enough about paint, whether it’s wall paint or chalk paint. You can transform any room or piece of furniture with paint. And it’s inexpensive. I love paint!
  5. Be creative and reuse or buy items that can be used for furniture – turn an old chest turned into a coffee table or repaint an old wicker stand with a pop of color.
  6. Plants. I have to admit, I don’t have an indoor green thumb. Outdoor, yes. Indoor, no. However, plants can make any room or style welcoming and warm.
  7. It’s the little things. Adding design touches to your dining table, changing out cabinet or door hardware,  changing outlet covers, rolling up washcloths and placing them in a basket can make your statement.
  8. Less is more. It’s true. Too much stuff can create clutter. Be selective in your design and decor selections.
  9. Shop. Look for sales. When I see something that I like and if it’s not on sale, I wait until it does.
  10. Don’t purchase anything on impulse. Think your designs and items through and then shop for them.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33