As a child I was always fascinated by some of my Mother's friends who were perpetually designing and redesigning their homes. There seemed to be constant flutter of change to try and keep up with the trends. Even as a child, I remember being amazed by the waste of it all...the painting, repainting, wall papering, Yikes! Not to mention the "musical chairs" of furniture and art that was taking place.
Imagine everything in the living room above remaining the same...now, in your mind, switch out the pillows with something in blue or orange. Change the natural fiber rug to one with a bold print. The curtains...pick up one of the bright colors in the other accessories. Voilà! A totally different feel in the space!
Imagine that same bedroom with chocolate and white damask curtains, warm toned accent pillows, oriental rug, down comforter in a subtle pattern of red and hanging over the bed a large, gorgeous, natural wreath with pine cones, crimson berries and bows. Now you're ready for holiday guests (:
I have grown to appreciate the power that neutrals hold. A room can have the same furniture, the same tchotchkes and yet with the simple alteration of a few layers (wall color, rugs, curtains, pillows, art, etc), the room takes on a totally different feel. Build your spaces with neutral key pieces that are special to you. When you're in need of a change, it's a simple switch of the layers and the result will be a home haven reflective of your spirit, which in turn, is your signature style.
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