You've probably heard it before..."shop your house" when you don't have the budget for new or you just want a fresh look. I have to admit, whenever I'd hear Nate Berkus (or some other famous decorator on t.v.) say that, I would kind of roll my eyes at them. Because, frankly, I've been doing that for years. It didn't seem like a new tip to me. When I would get tired of stuff, I would just rearrange a few things or take something out of storage. I would think, "Doesn't everyone already know this?"
Apparently, I forget that idea every so often. After taking down Christmas decorations this weekend, my house felt completely empty. My first urge was to go buy some new stuff. Then I remembered to shop my house instead. It's free!
Here's my new winter mantel after browsing through what I already own:
I didn't add a whole lot to it. Its still looks a little empty given my vast expanse of wall, but I'm happy with where it's headed. I'm going to keep digging through my stuff.
Sorry the picture quality is so bad. I really need to learn how to use my camera the right way instead of just pointing and shooting. This is another thing on my "things-to-do" checklist this year: learn how to use my DSLR camera that I've had for...ahem...at least 2 years. But, that's another story for another day.
Today, I'm going through what I already own and resolving to do it more often.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I don't really like to make New Year's Resolutions. I always seem to lose steam after a few short weeks. Instead, I've chosen to focus on a theme word. I chose, "Intention."
Shopping my house when I need a fresh look helps me to choose what I buy with more intention and purpose. I hope to cut down on frivolous spending that way.
As you can see, I decided to add more of the western touches that my husband likes to our living room. When I updated this room this past year, I didn't put some of this stuff back in. I didn't mean to leave it out, it's just that fall decor came, then Christmas. Now, I want to make sure this room suits both our tastes.
It might become obvious when you look at these pictures. Can you tell one of us likes a Texas/Western influence and one of us likes a more feminine cottage look?
I think the stuff I brought in to style the room is really helping to blend our styles and tastes.
I brought the wingback chair in from our dining room to give it a test run.
Maybe I'll find some more things around our house to bring in to the living room. It still seems a little sparse to me.
Unfortunately, I won't be able to find everything I need for this room from my attic or another room, but it's a good start. And, I'll still do some "real" shopping (I definitely have a list of things I have my eye on.) But, if I can remember to just re-arrange a little bit more, maybe I can save enough money to make some splurges on some higher ticket items.
So, I guess you could call this a New Year's Resolution. I'm resolving to be a better steward of my decor budget. Let's see how long it lasts!
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Between Naps on the Porch
Elizabeth & Co.
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