Welcome to Day 15 of our How to Decorate Series! Today we have the frugally fabulous Melissa from 320 Sycamore here to teach us how to put a room together. I often joke that I can count on Melissa to tell me when all seasonal items at Target go on sale at 90% off! This girl is amazing at finding deals and ingenious at creating beautiful things on-the-cheap. She is incredibly generous in alerting everyone where to look, what to ask for, and how to land the best deals on home items!
Just look at the price breakdown for her recent kiddo room redo!
Melissa is an inspiration to me. She is a mother of 5 and yet manages to maintain a gorgeous home and share all of her organizing and decorating secrets with us! Teach us how you do it Melissa!
I’m sooo excited to be here with Beth and you all today! I wanted to share my process of putting a space together. It can seem so overwhelming, so I broke it up into some steps:
1. Gather inspiration
If you have some vision in mind of what you want your space to end up like, it gives you somewhere to begin.
I have an inspiration notebook I gather paint colors, pictures from magazines, ideas, and sketches. Pinterest, blogs, and catalogs are fantastic online sources for inspiration.
2. Copy, Copy, Copy
You don’t have to know what you are doing or spend a lot of money hiring a designer. Find a look you love, look at the details and then copy. You may surprise yourself as you put your own little twist on things and end up loving it even more.
Anyone with money to burn can walk into a showroom and say, “I want this entire room. Have it delivered at 9 a.m. on Thursday. And send in the painters and interior designers as well. I’ll be at the dog spa with Fifi if you need me…” The rest of us have to be a little more creative and patient as we gather. You can keep your eye out for things that might work in that space. You’ll look at Craigslist and thrift stores differently. The Target clearance endcaps will suddenly have new meaning. The oops paint at H. Depot and Lowes will have a heavenly aura over it. It may take more time, but your room will have a more “collected” look instead of a living room in a box.
And did I mention it will save you a lot of money?
4. Ready, Set, GO!
You’ve found inspiration, copied, gathered, and now you need to BEGIN. Isn’t that the hardest part most of the time? Once you start, then you see a little bit of progress and it gives a little ray of hope, and courage to take the next step. Stop putting it off~block off Saturday afternoon, pick up the paint, move the furniture, cover the floor, and you will love that you took the plunge when you step back and realize you love the room you just created.
Are you sensing some themes here at this point in our series? I sure am ;)! Gathering inspiration has to be your first step…always! And I couldn’t agree more with copying. My master bedroom is a total Heather Chadduck copy, and I love it. Gathering takes patience and can at times be the hardest part…but it’s also the most thrilling! And then of course you have to just go for it. If you’ve planned ahead of time, the plunge isn’t scary and it is exhilarating to see your room match your mind’s eye (or inspiration photo)! Are you inspired to tackle a project now? Thank you Melissa!