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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Guest Blogger: Paulee makes decorating easy

Meet Paulee, a wife, mother, farm girl, artist, and favorite team member of mine!  Paulee has an eye for style and enjoys helping others work with the things they already have to make their homes a reflection of themselves.  She shares tips on Facebook as Perspective by Paulee.
Judith Taylor says that designers don’t follow a secret rulebook.  There are no hard and fast laws governing what we do.  We are creative types by nature and love to imagine, dream, and explore, following our intuition. 

With that said, my advice is just to have fun and put in your home only what you love!  I have found over the years that making the space in your home fit your personality is vital to your happiness level, although we sometimes don’t realize it. 

Do you ever walk into someone’s home and feel comfortable, happy, loved and at peace. You might wonder why and think, “how can I do this in my home?”

Only put in your home what you love and what makes you happy. Keep it clean and organized. One way I try to create this effortless balance is to incorporate rustic and refined, mixing textures and having a little fun!
Marie Kondo, the bestselling author of the 2014 book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” suggests keeping only what gives you joy! Decorating and refreshing your home will help you have a more joyful life surrounded by the things you love.
It’s spring and you are probably no different than me in that you want to spruce things up a bit before getting outside in the yard. There is no need to break the bank on this one. There are many little things you can do to accomplish this idea. One of the easiest and fastest ways to do this is just to move your furniture around. Call a best friend or a grab a willing husband. Sliders come in handy when doing this task and can be purchased at your local hardware store. Just put them under the feet of your furniture and push. You can also do that Spring Cleaning you have wanted to do while you are at it.
Another quick and easy thing you can do is rearrange your counter tops and coffee tables. Counters get cluttered up so easily. Thankfully, it doesn’t take long to get things looking nice again. Start by clearing everything off your countertop and replace only the items you use daily. Choose a few interesting objects that are in storage or from other rooms in the house and display them, like a wire basket or serving tray propped against the wall. Bring in some of those beautiful spring flowers and display in a jar or pitcher.  Also inviting friends over always gives you that extra push to get things just right.
If you want to elevate the feel of your home take my mothers advice. My mother taught me to always use your best. Don’t wait for a special occasion to bring out those fabulous dishes hiding in the cupboard or the glasses that Aunt Shirley gave you for your wedding. It makes you feel really special. What’s the point of having it if it just sits in a storage most of the year?

Another suggestion I have is to have fun with art and family photos. Art doesn’t have to be fussy or beyond reach. Take the time to look for art wherever you go. Seek out smaller galleries, student sales and affordable online sources and go with your gut feeling. You might even be able to make your own. Art makes you happy and can add personality to your living space and lift your spirits every day. The same goes for family photos. A simple way to freshen up photos is to swap out frames. You can pick up inexpensive frames most anywhere. Also change the photos to fit the season. Retire the old skiing pictures and fill those frames with summer activities and family vacation photos. 

I love listening to music. Music brings me happiness and peace. This can really add to the feel of a home. Music stirs emotion and can bring a creative energy to your space so get that play list going.

Remember to imagine, dream and explore, following your own unique, individual style and intuition and have fun! Of course if you need any suggestions or help I would love to assist you!

Catch up with Paulee on Facebook at Perspective by Paulee or email her at perspectivebypaulee@yahoo.com

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