Change is not really my thing. Once I decide I like something, I stick with it, especially when it comes to decor. I'm not into trends and or fads, I like the classics. So once I decorate a room, it stays that way, for a good long time.
Or about 15 years.
That's how long it's been since my kitchen has had an update. While I still adore all of my red accents, this weekend, I decided it was time for a makeover.
Now. If you know me at all, you know that I am thrifty.
Ok. Cheap is probably a better word.
I don't like to spend a ton of money on decor, because I like to swap out my accessories often and, well, if they're expensive, I won't do it.
I have also been on a simplifying kick lately.
So when planning my kitchen update, I thought long and hard about the look I wanted to achieve, the amount of money I was willing to spend and how I could marry the two.
The simple answer was subtraction.
Rather than adding a lot of new items to my room to transform it, I simply took things away.
Color was the first thing to go.
That is not what you expected to hear, but it's ok.
I sent my ring clip rooster curtains off to the dry cleaner to get ready for their reappearance in fall.
Then I went to the fabric store and bought this fabulous linen material for $6.99 a yard. The bonus was that it is 108" wide, instead of the usual 54", so I only needed one yard to make my new ring clip valances.
Once they were up, it was clear that the rug had to go.
Next, I removed the patterned placemats I normally have on my farmhouse island and replaced them with the ones I found on a weekend away with my girlfriends. I think they look perfect with my birthday cake dish.
I cleared my countertops of some excess pieces and relocated them to my table in my rattan tray...
...and then I subtracted all the color from my pine server.
Removing just a few key elements has made a huge difference in the room.
Eventually, I may add a new rug. I'm not all about the subtraction. Sometimes a new element is necessary.
I love the old braided rug I had under the table, don't get me wrong, but like I said, fifteen years...time for a change.
Even if it did involve a little math.
What do you think of my red-less room?
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