There's nothing like a fresh start. Especially in a phase three home. That's what our 5 Weeks-5 Projects plan to restyle, de-clutter and redefine is all about. Simple changes = new energy and functionality for your home.
Week One reclaimed a mud room closet full of outdated kids' gear into much needed kitchen storage. Next, we're tackling an age old issue in the master bedroom. Take a look.......
Week Two: Restyle A Boring Master Bedroom Sitting Area
THE PROBLEM: The tired, unused, uninteresting bedroom sitting area. It's supposed to be a warm, welcoming spot to cuddle up with a good book and a cup of tea. Instead, you haven't gone near it in years. I've put more thought and effort into arranging our lawnmower storage than this personal space.
THE SOLUTION: With just a little attention, this neglected corner of the master can go from frumpy to fabulous. Simple, affordable upgrades can make this project super easy and cost next to nothing. For example, my house, like so many other phase three homes, is chock full of stuff- way more stuff than I'll ever find a need for. So I'm beginning my sitting area restyle by shopping my own home. Time to re-purpose!
And to help select just the right accents and accessories for this stale corner, I'm taking a lead from Susanna Salk, author of "Be Your Own Decorator" ( Rizzoli 2012). Her artistic eye and common-sense suggestions for mixing, accessorizing, arranging and color create beautiful, interesting spaces that blend well with any decor.
“Color, texture and pattern when combined with even just a few accessories are every captivating room’s secret weapon.”
With my upholstered chair as the focal point, I'll add COLOR-two estate sale prints in a pale palette from my farm of unused framed art; TEXTURE-an ivory cabled throw from my linen closet; and PATTERN-black geometric throw pillows re-purposed from an office sofa (Bed, Bath & Beyond),
"Accessories should echo and deepen the mood of a room the way the right jewelry can make an outfit"
A silver bamboo clock (Pottery Barn) re-purposed from my master bath adds a personal element to the arrangement.
"It's amazing how much better the very precious and the very cheap look when plucked out of their comfort zone and placed side by side."
One of my oldest and favorite estate sale finds, a charming marbled-topped brass side table, works perfectly with the only purchase I made for this project--a modern-styled floor lamp from Home Depot (I kid you not, $79 including two additional table lamps!)
And finally....."A bit of nature is always welcome to the mix."
A last minute addition of a bouquet of pale yellow/creme hydrangeas from off season storage and a decorative white plaster dove from my family room built-ins, finish the restyle with a hint of natural accents.
THE RESULT: Forget boring. With a few re-puposed items from around the home, and a budget friendly purchase or two, any master sitting area can transform into a warm, inviting spot to cozy up.
Now for the hard part; finding the time to actually sit and enjoy it.....