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Design Tip Tuesday:

Updated: Aug 6, 2020

First Steps in Decorating a New Home!


You're almost done! You already accomplished the seemingly impossible task of finding a new home. Congrats! Now comes the fun part, making the space your own with decor.

Scroll below for some tips and tricks on ways to do this successfully!

Maple Grove Mid-Century Kitchen


Step 1: Prioritize and Organize

Decorating a new home is all about less is more. It is okay to throw away what you don’t need or no longer want. Prioritize a few old treasures you would be lost without and say goodbye to unnecessary junk. Organize what you save by where it will be placed in your new house – if you can't place something, there's a good chance you don't need it.

Step 2: Out with the Old, In with the New:

Once you become a homeowner, your home decor should mature with you. This is an opportunity to discard mismatched random kitchenware in place of uniformed, organized sets. Replace your single random posters with gallery-worthy wall art. There's value in keeping mementos from your past in your new home, but developing the maturity of your home's style is a great way to help you feel like a refined adult.

Beautiful Rice-Lake Bathroom

Step 3: Fight the Urge to Splurge:

No matter how confident you feel about purchasing a new piece of furniture, you most likely won't love it as much in the years to come. Your style will evolve several times as you grow into your new home, so you'll want to save money so you can decorate later on. I have fallen victim to this more than anyone else! I have constantly changed out decor pieces in the last few years, and what i've realized looking back on photos of my original space is that my style was so young and reminded me of college. Use cheaper furniture pieces as placeholders until you're certain you know what design style is perfect for you – you'll be glad you did.

Step 4: DIY Upgrades: (see my example below!)

Decorating a new house doesn't always require buying all new things. Rather than purchasing new furniture or decor pieces, upgrade the items you already own with stylish new hardware or paint. Maybe you have an old dresser or shelf that you love the style and bones of, but are sick of the color. Things like stain, paint, and spray paint are easy and relatively cheap ways to give your piece a whole new look. Drab kitchen cabinets can be transformed by decorative knobs, and grungy old walls can come to life after a fresh coat of paint. Accent the inside of dresser drawers with wallpaper, or paint a unique design on the arms of a basic wooden side table – small upgrades like these will make a difference.

My latest DIY project. Wood Arch Shelf.

I found this very old curved piece of wood in a driveway with a sign saying "free" next to it. I knew right away that I wanted to see if I could turn this into anything. The piece clearly had been out in the rain, and the original paint was scraping off. I believe it was once on a boat! I first went and found 2 smaller straight pieces of wood. I measured and drilled into the sides of the curved piece. I then sanded down the entire piece, and then stained everything. I found a stain color that was simple and provided a lighter wood look, with some grey hues. This was the first DIY project ive done, and it makes me want to keep going!

Amazing living space done in Portland, OR!

Step 5: Accents make the space:

Small accent elements will go a long way in personalizing your home's decor. Throw pillows, floor pillows, and throw blankets are playful, cozy, and can be swapped out or moved whenever you feel like it. Draw attention to the floor by layering vibrant rugs, and make your windows look less bare with a set of flowing curtains. When in doubt, fill empty space with plants – not only will they freshen your new home's air, but they complement any design style.

Thanks for the read! Hopefully these 5 simple tips and tricks are helpful with the process of moving into your new home. -Catherine

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