Be different. Be you.

Being different.. just for the sake of being different.. is annoying. We all know that girl/guy. And ew.

Being different because that’s who you are, is beautiful! And empowering to others!

Coco Chanel said: don’t be like the rest of them, darling.

I couldn’t agree more.

This next part may sting a little.

I think a lot about this neutral trend that we are seeing in home decor. All gray and white. All greige.. and white. All whites. I’m certainly not speaking about everyone but I have noticed that for far too many, a neutral palette is a copout. They’ll never admit it, but it’s easier to decorate with neutrals because tough decisions on color that may or may not be popular choices, never have to be made.

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I feel like one thing I do more than anything else is give women courage to pursue the home they really want. Not what their mom or sister or coworker suggests but the home that they want.

It does take courage to step out of what’s expected of you and pursue what you really want for your home.

So I’ll say to you what I say to so many others,

Take the time to figure out what you really want for your home: You color story, your style and the way you want your home to feel.

Figure out what’s standing in your way: Is it your insecurity? Is it the strong opinions of others? Is it finances?

Make a plan for removing the obstacles: This could mean starting a savings or selling some stuff in your home to raise the funds. It could mean having a sit down talk with someone who has a strong opinion on your home and life.

Go for it! For some, this could be the hardest part! I get it. But creating a home that you love to be in, that refreshes you and inspires you and motivates you to go out and do what you’re supposed to do in the world, is worth the effort! You and your family are worth the effort!

“don’t be like the rest of them, darling.”

Don’t fall into what everyone else is doing out of fear or exhaustion. I urge you to take the time to get to know what you want and summon the courage to pursue it. You got this!

 

Blessings on you and your home,

Catrina

Easy Spring Centerpiece

Winter is fading into history and Spring is… springing!

Living in the  desert southwest, Spring happens earlier for us. The temps start to rise and blooms start appearing while most of the country is still under snow. We are fortunate that way but our Summers are HOT. So… there’s that. :-)

But for now, we are enjoying a brief moment of ideal temps and light winds.

Seeing blooms appear outside makes me want to bring the Spring indoors! I made this simple Spring centerpiece, purchasing everything from Hobby Lobby, and you can too!

I use no hot glue (or anything else really) to secure the greenery or flowers in place and that’s the beauty of it, when you want to change out the flowers or figurine as the season changes, it’s super easy to do!

Tips:

  1. Make sure all of your greenery and flowers run in the same direction, clockwise or counter clockwise, this helps the centerpiece flow together nicely.
  2. Have fun! Don’t stress about perfection, there’s no right or wrong way to do this. If you follow my lead and not use glue you can always pull out the pieces and start again.

If you make a Spring centerpiece I would love to see it! Feel free to post it on my Facebook page.

Happy Spring!

Catrina

 

 

How To Style Series: Throw Blankets

The throw blanket is a great way to add texture and color to your home design!

You can go for a structured look with a neatly folded throw blanket or casually drape a throw over the edge of a sofa for a more laid back approach.

Here’s a short video on how to style your throw like a pro:

A few important tips to remember:

  1. The throw blanket is mostly decorative. If you are struggling to figure out how to implement it into your home design, you may consider leaving it out. It’s not a necessary element, like most home decor, it’s optional.
  2. The simplest way to store a throw is to roll it up and put it in a basket with other throws or pillows. Store the basket next to the sofa or couch or on a bookcase.
  3. Have fun and experiment with your throw in different locations and different styles in your living space. This is your space and the final result should be pleasing and inviting to you and yours.

Happy styling!

Catrina

 

 

 

How To Style Series: The Nightstand

Your nightstand is the possibly the first thing you see when you wake up in the morning and the last thing before you go to sleep at night. And yet, very often, it’s the area of our home that lacks any style. It’s an afterthought at best.

 

When we take the time to actually style our nightstands with a few things that we love, it makes it nice to walk into the room at night and nice to wake up to. Style isn’t for others to look at and/or admire, it’s for us to feel more at home in our homes. When we are surrounded by objects (many or few) that we love and inspire us, that reflect our personalities, we feel ‘at home.’

When we feel refreshed and inspired at home we are able to recharge and regain the energy we need to go out and do what we’re supposed to do in the world.

Here’s a quick video on how to style a nightstand:

 

Here are the simple steps to a fabulous nightstand:

  1. Add lighting (a medium sized lamp of your choice)
  2. Add art or a mirror (leaning against the wall or hanging on the wall, your choice)
  3. Add a small stack of books
  4. Add in flowers or greenery
  5. Bring in personal touches (favorite collectibles or photos)
  6. Don’t overcrowd the space, leave plenty of room to charge your phone, etc.
  7. Use different textures and heights to create interest
  8. Style in odd numbers (three or five items)

Take a look at your nightstand, does it reflect you and your personal style? I hope these simple steps will motivate you to style your home in a way that refreshes and inspires you.

 

Happy styling,

Catrina

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Done is better than perfect

“I’m afraid I might mess it up.”

 

This is the “reason” I hear so often from folks who want to do that DIY project, pick a new couch or paint their bedroom… but haven’t started yet.

For some it’s been days but for others… it’s been years. They’re stuck.

There’s very few things in this world that can’t be fixed if indeed you do “mess it up” so I ask you, is that really the reason you haven’t begun?

Is there some perfectionism mixed in there? Maybe a little fear of what others will say?

When you leave the land of the Talkers and join in the land of the Doers, when you put yourself out there and take the leap to start your project, you quickly find out, that making mistakes is part of the process. It’s as common as dirt.

The difference is, I’ve been doing this long enough to know that I’m going to screw up from time to time. I get pissed, fix it, learn from it and move on. End of story.

Confidence and understanding are only developed through experience.

And the only way to get some experience.. is to get started.

Silence the naysayers and even the voices in your head, take a leap and START that project/job/weight loss program etc. that you’ve been wanting to and kick fear in the face, once and for all.

You got this.

 

Blessings,

Catrina

 

Is Upholstering Furniture An Option?

We see lots of people on HGTV and DIY shows talking about upholstering old furniture, but is it really an option worth considering?

Here’s four things to think about before you jump in:

Consider the cost

Upholstering furniture is not cheap. I’ll just put that on the table. If you’re thinking you’ll save money by upholstering an old chair vs buying a new one, in most cases you would be mistaken. Of course, it depends on the style of chair and the part of the country you live in etc., I’m sure I pay less where I am in West Texas than someone in Dallas or New York. Remember you’ll be paying for labor on top of the fabric of your choice. Two way to lower your costs are: 1. Getting your furniture free (on the side of the road/ friends giving it away) or at a fraction of the cost via estate sales and garage sales and 2. Shopping discount fabrics or buying vintage fabrics at estate sales.

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We found this old chair at an estate sale for ten bucks. She reeked of cat pee and was threadbare, but she was a super stylish mid century piece that was comfortable and a rocker! I just had to take her home.

Don’t think about the cost

If you find a piece of furniture that you absolutely love, with “good bones”, it would be worth the expense to have a chair or piece of furniture that you love to look at and love to have in your home. It’s rare to find a piece that, for lack of a better term, you connect with. So when the magic happens, lol I would encourage you to run with it. Sell or trade whatever you have to, to make that new piece happen. It’s a rare treat to find a piece of furniture in the size and shape you want AND be able to choose the fabric that you want.

Plan your new piece carefully

Buy knickknacks or a plant on a whim but whatever you do, don’t jump into upholstering furniture on a whim. Poor, hasty decisions will end up costing you an arm and a leg. Take your time figuring out where your piece of furniture will go. Get large samples of a few fabrics to see how they will feel next to your other furniture, curtains and rugs. If you’re someone who has trouble making decisions, set a deadline for yourself on the fabric choice. If you’re someone who makes hasty decisions, make yourself take at least three days to think about it more thoroughly.

Get recommendations

Most importantly, get recommendations  and look at examples of finished work. Upholsterers are not created equally and you likely will get what you pay for. Don’t think you can go the cheap route and end up with a great result. There are many examples of upholstery jobs gone wrong. Make sure you go with experience and be clear on any special instructions.

IMG_0169.JPGHaving said all that, “rescuing” beat up and rejected old furniture and giving it new life is something I really enjoy doing! It’s an expensive “habit” but a worthy investment when you follow the tips above.

Have you restored or upholstered an old piece of furniture? If yes, I would love to see your before and afters! Feel free to post your pics on my Facebook page: Catrina at Home. 

Blessings,

Catrina

 

 

 

 

Size Matters! Let’s talk area rugs.

I love area rugs.

The end.

Seriously. I love what an area rug can do for a room. Should so much power be given to one object? Too late, it’s already done.

What does an area rug bring to your home? I’m so glad you asked.

  1. Noise reduction. If your flooring is tile or wood, a large rug will absorb the noise and greatly decrease the echo.
  2. Warmth. Nothing says warm and cozy like a plush rug underfoot.
  3. Artistic expression. Stay with me on this one… Many times we play it safe with our large furniture pieces, sticking to basic browns and no-nonsense neutrals. Your area rug is where you can play a little bit. Maybe introduce a few colors in your color scheme that otherwise would get relegated to small accessories. Try it!
  4. Defined areas. With the rise in open concept layouts, it’s easy to lose clear definition of where one room begins and one room ends. Believe it or not, this is pretty important, psychologically speaking. Our brains don’t want to have to work harder to have to figure these things out, it actually causes stress when the lines are blurred, so to speak. An area rug says- this is the living room, this is the dining room and this is the bedroom. And this is a good thing.
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Two common pitfalls when buying an area rug:

  1. You think your rug has to match or even coordinate with your couch. This is false. Your couch is likely a neutral (Black, gray, white, beige, tan or brown) and does not contribute to your color scheme. Think of your sofa as a backdrop or a blank canvas for your accessories (pillows and throws). Refer to number three, above.
  2. You buy a rug that is too small. As a general rule, (and rules are made to be broken, so take it or leave it) the front legs of all your living room furniture should be on the couch by a least 5-8 inches. Most folks buy a 5×7 rug when they should be buying an 8×10 rug. Is it more expensive? Yes. But this is one item you don’t want to chintz on. It’s worth it to save up for it, buy used or check out discount websites like overstock.com.

An area rug can bring so much to a home, if you don’t enjoy yours I hope you will do something about it! Life is too short to hate your rugs. :-)

 

Blessings,

Catrina