Hi! I'm Jen Rizzo and I write over at my lifestyle blog JenniferRizzo.com. I love to write about everything from Home decor and crafting to art and DIY projects. I am an artist and designer and I design my own home decor for various retailers and my new on-line shop opening at the end of February.
My decorating style is a bit eclectic. I like to call it Pottery Barn meets Anthropologie with a bit of modern cottage. I like a bunch of vintage, a bit of modern and a lot of artsy-ness thrown in. I love to make my own decor and make things personal. I think your home should be about you and what you love.The sign above the doorway in the kitchen is the town where my mother-in-law grew up.
I love to change things around a lot too.
In fact, my husband says when he walks through the door, it's never the same house twice!
It's like redecorating for free.
Everything we do to our house is always on a budget. I find that a great challenge sometimes, but I think it pushes me to be more creative.
I found my decorating style through trial and error. I always liked old things, but I also found I was drawn to bold patterns and modern shaped lamps. If you look at my early blog pictures my house was a mish-mash mess! Even though I knew my style, it took me years to have the courage to finally take that step!
My most treasured find for my home has actually been space! We are in an 1,100 square foot spilt level. With 3 kids we are tight, and I've gotten really good at squeezing out the last square inch of any room!
We managed to carve a studio space by building a built-ins at the back of our dining room.
And our breakfast nook saves us a lot on floor space as well by not having the table centered in the middle of the room.
And our front hall closet was useless for every day, and we needed space for the winter gear, so we ended up tweaking our front entry.
If I could tell you any tips for creating a beautiful home, they would be these:
Don't be afraid to make your home authentically yours.
That is what is going to make it so wonderful. Who cares if the trend is white, and you love color. Go with color! Put what you love in your own home!
Go with your gut. For YEARS my home was dark and heavy feeling. Every picture I looked at was light and bright, but I just couldn't seem to find the courage to take that step.
Our kitchen renovation a few years ago pushed us into it and it was the best push ever.
And finally, don't be afraid to change things! As a family, needs change. As a person, tastes change. Gone are the days of living with the same color for 30 years. Change your home as it needs to be changed! It costs nothing, and there are really no risks with moving a chair from one place to another.Don't be afraid to take risks and follow your heart with your home.
Thank you so much for having me here Pamela!
And thank you so much for being here with me today. I'd love it if you stop by Jenniferrizzo.com and say hi sometime!