|You've got to start somewhere|
When I left my job to raise my children, my home became my palette.
While I do love every room in my house, I have never considered myself a particularly outstanding decorator. I have a definitive style and I just go with what I love. I am a perfectionist and obsess over every little detail, yes, but most of my friends have lovely homes and I just figured everyone did that.
So I was always a little bit awed when people asked me for decorating advice...and it happened a lot, but what surprised me even more was people's reactions when I gave them the advice. More often than not, I found that when I said something that was screamingly obvious to me regarding the decorating process or a DIY project, some friends acted as if they had never heard the information before.
It was like I had just shared this huge secret.
Common rules regarding furniture placement, the optimal number of items involved in grouping accessories (three), complimentary colors, consideration of scale or the rules when mixing fabrics (um, there are none- mix away) were all foreign ideas to so many. Even more outlandish to some, was the fact that quite a few items in my home were purchased at garage sales or worse, rescued from the curb and transformed.
I also enjoyed the laughs I got when I told people, "Well if you can't find it, you could always make it!"
I am sure that my art background, studies involving composition, color, construction, come into play in my designs, but most of what I do either looks and feels right to me or it doesn't. I thought everyone operated like this. It has been my experience though that this is not necessarily true. So after many, many people asked me for the same kinds of tips over and over again, I decided to combine my love of décor and writing and the basic idea for this blog was born.
I wanted to share a few of the things I've learned over the years and empower people to make their spaces beautiful on their own and by their own definition. I wanted to provide very easy, very inexpensive projects that could transform a room, motivating people who had perhaps never done it before.
However, during January, this month of reflection and new beginnings, I began to wonder about the value of my amateur expertise. In the blogging community there are multitudes of very talented and seasoned interior designers, and to many of them and their own multitude of followers, I have wondered if my tips are too basic to be of any interest.
Quite a few of the projects and rooms I have encountered on these blogs are truly outstanding. I found myself thinking that there's no audience for the basics here, everyone out in bloggy-land already knows this stuff, it's too basic. I started seriously doubting that my "help for beginners" was helping anyone.
I kept imagining people reading my posts and thinking, "Really, is that all she's got?"
Yet, the comments continue to roll in both on the blog and via Facebook. People are pinning my posts and following. I'm realizing that, just like in my neighborhood, there are still people out there who have never heard the basics before and find them to be genuinely inspiring.
So at the risk of sounding like a broken record (or one of my old posts) I will say it again (and with feeling this time!)...what other people think of me is none of my business. I am sticking with my original idea. I am going to continue to throw my basic decorating advice into the mix, mainly because I enjoy sharing it and if I can enlighten just a few friends, I'm happy!
Of course, if you are a reader who is beyond the basics, I totally get it and please comment, maybe I can learn something from you, but I hope you'll still come back from time to time whether it be for recipe (um...also basic), some pretty inspiration or a just a good laugh.
Are my decorating ideas too basic for you?
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