I am always asked whenever someone comes over "Where did you get that?" or "How did you do that?" Or my favorite- "Can you make my house look like yours?" I can help you to either find your personal style, or I can decorate your house in the same style I decorate mine.
There are so many blog sites that detail how you chalk paint, or how to decorate, or how to hang a light fixture. I wanted my blog to be more of a decorating pictorial, not so much as a "how-to", but this is what I did and how you can have a similiar look. I'm very proud of the homes that I have staged, but I am always the most proud of my own home. It's constantly changing and not just for the season. I love to swap out pillows and accessories and use them in other rooms, or for my staging projects. The best thing about owning a staging company is the ability to bring in new things!
We bought this home just North of Milwaukee last spring. The house was a flip, so we did get lucky with things being so updated. But, of course I'm going to switch out things like lights and add my own style.
Here's a picture of the living room on moving day: An absolute blank slate for creating a new look! The paint color is a pale linen, and the fireplace was painted in a darker taupe. I lived with the fireplace for a few months so I could think about what I wanted to do to it.
Here's the room right after we moved in. I just put some stuff in here until I could figure out the look I wanted.
The room itself is beautiful with dark hardwoods and recessed lights, and gorgeous crown molding. It just lacked a certain something!
For the fireplace we finally decided to add some vertical trim and paint it white. Then I white washed the brick. Here's a close-up of the fireplace detail.
Close up detail of the white wash. I simply smoothed on white paint really thick in some spots and wiped away a section to have the taupe show beneath. In other spots I watered down the paint. The key is to make the brick look like it has worn away year after year.
Close up of the left bookshelf: If you are lucky enough to have built-ins, fill them with things you love! I purposely left out pictures of the bottom shelves, they are messy and crammed with books and art projects! :)
Close up of the right side of the built-ins. I find accessories all over, when I'm out hunting for antiques, second hand stores, and of course TJ Maxx and Home Goods.
Here's a view of the full fireplace.....
And here is the room all put together! I love a classic white sofa. As long as the cushions are washable and you scotch guard the sofa, there's no reason why the whole family can't enjoy it! I love how neutral it is and so easy to change out colors in the room whenever you feel like it!
I always think the centerpiece of any room is the light fixture. The fan that was there was dusty and had some paint on it. Not exactly the look I was going for! After an extensive search, I found this chandlier on Amazon. The price was amazing and it had the bling I was going for. I don't think my pictures do it justice, at night it seriously is ferocious... sending out so many sparkles, it's amazing.
Now for the other side of the room. We got so lucky with the beautiful sconces. They aren't original to the house but they add a lot of character to the room.
Some fresh eucalyptus resting on a couple of overturned crates makes for a cute little reading corner!
I keep playing around with this corner, I think eventually I will just turn it into a little office for myself. I like to maximize every inch of space!
Here it is with a clock....
I really decided that I needed a desk in this corner, so when one of my staged homes went off the market, I brought in this grey console table. It makes a perfect little corner office!
I just love this beautiful chest that I rescued from Goodwill....