Friday, September 14, 2012

A Decorating Road Map

For the past two months I've been immersed in a decorating dilemma.  After all the excitement of finding and buying our vacation home, the next step was to begin the decorating.  Some of you might find this to be a fun, creative challenge, but for me decorating is more often an overwhelming challenge.  That's especially true when the space I am decorating is new to me.

Living Room-Before

Decorating is easier for me when I know the space.  I like to have a sense of how the rooms will be used.  Where will we hang out most?  How will the light from outside fill the space?  Which cabinets will house the plates?  Which drawers are best for the utensils?  What direction should the beds face? How will the storage spaces the organized?  Can I imagine family and friends filling the rooms with conversation and laughter?
Dining Room-Before

It may seem strange, but one of the things I like to do when faced with decorating a new space is to sit in each empty room and let it speak to me.  I did that with this house.  I sat in each of the empty rooms at different times of day to get a feel for the light, the space and the overall energy.  It was like a first date.
Master Bedroom-Before

Well, with the first date behind me I was ready to move forward.  My approach to this decorating challenge relies on the decorating steps I learned by watching Christopher Lowell's decorating television show years ago.  He advocates a seven step process that provides a decorating road map that makes sense to me.  He calls these steps the seven layers of decorating.

My Road Map = Christopher Lowell's Layers

Layer #1 is the paint and architectural embellishments.
Layer #2 is the wall-to-wall flooring like wood floors and tile.
Layer #3 is the upholstery.
Layer #4 is the accent fabrics found in draperies and rugs.
Layer #5 is the hard goods like the end tables.
Layer #6 is accessorizing.  It's the bling for the room.
Layer # 7 is the plants and the lighting.

I'm happy to report that layers #1, #2 and #3 are well under way. I'll tell you more about each of them in posts over the next couple of weeks. I welcome your helpful comments and suggestions as well.


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