Instagram LIVE Summaries – April 2018

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Hi there, friends!

It’s been two months now since I started doing weekly Instagram LIVE sessions (Monday nights at 6:15pm Pacific Time) and, I’m not going to lie, I kind of love them!!

Most weeks I answer reader’s questions about DIY, home decor and entertaining and the last week of the month is LIVE shopping. 🙂 In order to document all the fun stuff I’m sharing, once a month I will post the cliff notes and videos from each week! That way if you can’t make it to the actual LIVE sessions, you can still review the questions and answers from that month!

You could also subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss any of them. 🙂

April 2, 2018 Reader Q&A

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Do you have any tips for decorating a bedroom?

We took a tour of my bedroom!

Try to make your bed a focal point. I think the important things that make a bedroom feel “decorated” are:

  • side tables with lamps
  • a headboard
  • curtains
  • lots of pillows

You can read my post on how to make a bed here and tour of our room here.

How do you get started when you move into a brand-new home and have a blank slate?

Moving into a new home is such an exciting adventure, filled with LOTS of design decisions. I’d say the first step is to look for inspiration or pictures of rooms you love on Pinterest and then figure out how you can get your space to “feel” the same. Observe the furnishings, textures, colors, etc. from the rooms you want your home to mimic. Do your best to create layouts that maximize traffic flow and accentuate the features of your home like fireplaces, large windows, etc.

If using your existing furnishings that don’t necessarily align with the style you want, see if there’s ways you can update them with paint, slipcovers, etc.

What are your recommendations for decor placement?

A few of my simple “rules of thumb” for decor placement are:

  1. Only hang art on the wall if it’s “anchored” below by something or in a gallery.
  2. Hang art close to its “anchor” piece, rather than high and floating on the wall.
  3. Group small decor items in odd number groupings (1,3, or 5.)
  4. Use trays or baskets leaning behind decor to give it depth.
  5. Don’t OVER decorate – keep it simple and it won’t feel cluttered.

April 16, 2018 Reader Q&A

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How do you decorate a small living room?

  • Hang mirrors to make the space feel larger
  • Use small-scale furniture like loveseats or chairs
  • If you only have a small corner, fill that corner with a sectional – it will seat lots of people but feel like just one piece of furniture so less cluttered
  • Use multi-functional pieces
    • stools that can be side tables or seats
    • ottoman that can be used as a coffee table
  • Get storage ottomans (can be placed in front of a fireplace)
  • Install built-ins (window seats add extra seating too!)
  • Have folding chairs or floor pillows stored away for use when you have a large group over
  • Try “invisible” clear acrylic pieces
  • Use a sofa table behind the couch rather than a coffee table
  • Use neutral blinds and curtains
  • Get a LARGE rug
  • Try floating your furniture

Here are a few of my related posts:

HOW TO HIDE THE NECESSARY CLUTTER IN YOUR HOME

10 IDEAS FOR MAKING YOUR SMALL OFFICE SUPER EFFICIENT

April 23, 2018 Reader Q&A

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Where do you shop for affordable decor?

The most affordable furniture is USED furniture.

Where I typically shop for used furniture:

  • CRAIGSLIST
  • FACEBOOK MARKETPLACE
  • THRIFT STORES
  • GARAGE SALES

My 5 best tips for shopping for used furniture:

  1. Search for the item you want using multiple names.
  2. Don’t drive too far.
  3. Make sure it’s not damaged beyond the point of repair.
  4. Don’t pay too much.
  5. Think creatively – could it be more attractive with paint, wallpaper, or new feet?

Here are a few of my related posts:

5 FRIDAY FAVORITES – PLACES TO SHOP FOR AFFORDABLE FURNITURE AND DECOR

FUN AND AFFORDABLE OUTDOOR DECOR

THE BEST HOME DECOR TO LOOK FOR AT THRIFT STORES

April 30, 2018 LIVE Shopping

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We went decor shopping at T.J.Maxx!

Check out the video to see the vase and tray I found to place in our dining room makeover this week. 🙂

I really hope these LIVE sessions are inspirational for you as you look to decorate your home within your budget. Please, subscribe to the blog and then reply to my welcome email with your DIY and decor questions so I can answer them in one of my Reader Q&A sessions. I can’t wait to help you!

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