Hello "From My Front Porch to Yours" friends!
My name is Julie, and I created the blog:
Thank you for inviting me over today, Pamela, I am thrilled to be here for your "How I found My Style Sunday" series.
My "Decorating Style" developed over years and years of trial and error.
My decorating style is all over the spectrum.
From eclectic, to contemporary, back to traditional, with a splash of country.
I love it all, and I'm not afraid to mix it up.
You'll also usually find a lot of wood, glass, and the color black in all of my makeovers.
Those things combined create a "rustic-romantic charm" like no other.
What's most important to me while decorating are 3 things...
1. Budget-I truly believe you can have a beautiful, cozy home with out spending a lot of cash.
For example, our "Kitchen Makeover":
My husband and I painted the cabinets ourselves.
We also used wood from Home Depot to add charm to the windows, island, and ceiling. The light fixtures were on sale, and the knobs are sanded down to copper by yours truly.
Here's another example of an inexpensive idea.
Our neighbor gave us this old stereo console for free!
I took full advantage of it's neat features:
2. Close to My Heart- when decorating, I use items that have meaning behind them.
One of the easiest things to use for that is old photos.
Here's one of my favorites...
We had this French door in the basement.
I added copies of favorite photos of my family and lit it up in the back with rope lights.
It's so cool!
Another idea using photos...
That's my parents on there.
All this took was a couple photos and a small lamp to put in the lantern.
3. Never Follow the Crowd and Never Make it Look Like a Hotel-your home is your haven. It should be unique to you.
Don't worry about what the neighbors or top designers are doing.
Go with your gut instead.
I decided to follow mine for our "Living Room Makeover" and I'm so happy I did.
We added wood to frame around our windows.
It was a risk, but no one else has it, and it gave the room that rustic vibe I was searching for.
One more room where I followed my gut, and not the magazines...
Our "Master Bedroom Makeover":
We decided to put the bed in front of the bay window because we needed the room.
It really opened up the space and there is still plenty of light and windows.
My husband and I have created a home that isn't too foo foo, but holds lots of charm and coziness.
I hope some of my ideas will inspire you in your home decorating.
Finding your own personal style starts with an inspiration, and then you can take it as far as your heart will let you.
|Julie I always enjoy seeing what project you are working on next. Your kitchen makeover is one that I just absolutely love. It looks amazing! Thank you so much for stopping by today and sharing with us.|