2 days, 4 rooms, furnishings and accents. No lighting, no renovations, no wall coverings. I went to Dallas with no plan in place other than to visit my beloved Blue Print Store. The timing and the demands that I am currently facing are both exciting and challenging, and didn’t allow for the pre-planning that I recommend so strongly when putting down cold hard cash, and working to turn your house into a home.
It sounds a little dramatic when I write it like that, but our home is a sanctuary of sorts. Many of us don’t recognize how supportive, restorative, and healing our environment can be, and any environment that can be all that can certainly be the opposite. Whether it’s “unfinished” or “disorganized” you are contending with, like a constant complainer at the office, it wears on you. Having the opportunity to help someone create a space that will nurture and make them happy is a pretty awesome gift to receive.
So we started with art. I’ve decorated 2 of my 4 places with a single piece of art in mind. One of the paintings came from Blue Print, the other from a local artist with whom I have great respect, and who casts swirls of paint on the canvas like the ocean waves of my youthful upbringing. Talk about generating joyful feelings. I loved my Cape Cod upbringing, so it seemed fitting that one of the designs would reference my earlier years. My friend and I felt the same way. Art is such a personal thing, and while no price tag can be put on something that elicits strong emotion, the pricer price tags can elicit the same for reasons contrary to our objective. Still – we launched off with that in mind, and as is often the case with Blue Print, we fell in love with not 1, not 2, but a slew.
With the clock ticking, we immediately decided on one main piece from which to build the design, and a secondary, and quite different abstract to help pull together the elements of the dining room.
Every project requires a budget and we had one – though generous, the task of furnishing two complete bedrooms, a living room, which we only going to allow 2 chairs, a carpet and some drapes to remain, proved daunting. I’ve made enough mistakes with a sofa to measure twice and cut once, but I’m always a little nervous. No space is going to accommodate all that you want without some compromises, sacrifices, and cleverness, but dare I say we did good.
Paintings really help to bring disparate colors into the palette and create interest in a room. If you know roughly what you like, and you are exhaustive with your search, you can come up with a close approximation, as we did when we realized the bed room set for a young boy wasn’t in the color we hoped for. Houzz provided a perfect substitute and at a price that was jaw droppingly low.
A long weekend, but an incredibly fun one. We did good. Now if we could just find that elusive coffee table.