I have a sort-of talent for collecting different items, years apart, and having them come together in the end so it looks like I did everything on purpose. In other words, I’m thisclose to being a hoarder, but I somehow pull it off.
I think the secret is to buying what you LIKE – and not getting caught up in this whole, oh, but will it match? Is it the right color? Will Pinterest approve? thing. That’s how a house becomes a home – when it’s a hodgepodge of things that represent you! If you like that lime green teacup and vintage mailbox, I say go for it. Decorate how you like!
For example, I always wanted a gray living room with an orange couch. We painted our walls, and everyone who sees them thinks they are purple. It’s ok – we like them and that’s what matters. When I first started decorating our house, I desperately wanted it to look like the Practical Magic house on the inside, with a rustic twist. We ended up with a lot of mercury glass, mirrors, and antique-looking items. I’m not sure I succeeded but whatever the style is now, it suits us.
Recently, because mpix had a 25% off sale, I bought a large gallery canvas of a photo I took when we visited Savannah last spring. It’s very southern-themed and when we hung it above our couch, it kind of changed the way the room looked. I decided I had too many knick-knacks hanging about, so we bought shelves to go along either side of the canvas. Today I finished building the gallery wall above the couch, with the canvas as a focal point:
We also added a gallery wall going up our staircase almost as soon as we moved in, but we changed a few things around and added more artwork and miscellanious pieces.
Before we placed everything on the shelves, I laid out each object on our couch and mixed and matched until I thought I had the right mix of colors, designs, and textures. We hung the mirrors on the wall with nails to help support their weight, and I may end up doing the same with a few picture frames. I didn’t use photo shelves, just ones we found at Home Depot (so there isn’t a ledge to keep items from falling off the front).
I like it today, and may change it tomorrow, ha! What do you think?