I'm sure it comes as no surprise that one of the things I'm most looking forward to about moving into our first house---seriously, a house, with things like (gasp!) a staircase and an office, and yes, these things are such novelties that the italics are totally required---is all the redecorating we're going to get to do.
Did you ever see my living room in Charleston? It looked like this:
And then when we moved to San Francisco, we did a little bit of editing and ended up with this:
As you can see, I'm a fan of stripy cushions, lots of pictures, and red. I'm also a fan of having lots of books and displaying them as prominently as you can; the spines of books give a room such a colorful pop and it's not like you have to do much more than just, like, arrange them on a bookshelf, is it? And how hard is that?
In the past, I've been a little wary of venturing beyond apartment-rental white---fear of having to repaint a room back when you move out, I think, which is exactly what we've just learned we're going to have to do when we move out of this place in a few weeks---but in the last couple of months, I gradually came around to the idea of having a little color on the walls. If I've heard it on one HGTV show, I've heard it on a million: paint is the easiest, most inexpensive way to change the look of a room. Check out this picture of my hallway looking super boring, for example:
Now check out how much better it looks after I got a little bored one Sunday afternoon before Christmas, remembered I had some people coming over for a party in a few days, and popped out to the hardware store for a gallon of paint:
So much better! Let's paint everything! Oh wait, we just booked the movers for June 24th. Maybe let's not.
It makes me laugh when people talk about decorating on a budget because the only kind of decorating I've ever done is decorating on a budget: what other kind is there? You mean people buy furniture from places other than IKEA? What?
Most of our stuff is a mish-mash of World Market, Target, CB2, parental hand-me-downs, flea market finds, travel treasures, Craigslist scores, and the ubiquitous HJARTDLs and SKLARPs and TUPPLURs from you-know-where. I'm curious about you, though: where do you look when you're redecorating? What are your best tips for quick room makeovers?
(PS: If you want to see our whole place---soon to be our old place, which makes me a little teary---you can check out our Apartment Therapy house tour here or find more photos here. It's okay, though. I think the new place is going to be even better.)