Do you have a space in your home that you are avoiding due to a decorating dilemma? Maybe you’re even feeling overwhelmed with the idea of trying to change it up? I feel that way with my dining room. When we moved here 5 years ago, I had so much red decor. Red drapes, red sofas, cherry floors, red pots …. red everything!! As time has passed (and we had a major flood that caused us to need a lot of repairs), I am moving on from my love of red into a very different direction.
After flooding my entire main level and changing out our cherry hardwood floors to an ebony beech, I have been trying to change up my decor one room at a time. I am drawn to the simplicity of classic black and white, but have had a difficult time moving past all my existing decor. How do I change up my style without spending a fortune?
I have been trying to come up with creative and inexpensive ways to change up my current style without getting overwhelmed. One tip I can offer is to take it one small project or one room at a time. Amy helped me jump-start this process in my dining room as she generously handed down some beautiful black and white houndstooth drapes she no longer needed. They were actually hung in the model home for my neighborhood at one point, so they were the perfect fit and a much better color selection than what I had originally chosen. They were also FREE (thank you Amy!).
Another problem I have in my dining room is that I have gold accent overload. I love gold, and I think you can add bits and pieces of gold to every room, but too much of anything is never good. I had gold chargers, gold mirrors, gold flatware (which I still love) and gold platters. I needed to update the gold to something a bit more casual and hopefully brighten up the space at the same time.
With new black and white drapes hanging, I decided to change up my gold chargers. I already had the white spray paint so that was an easy and very inexpensive way to solve my red and gold decorating dilemma.
Christy graciously offered to cut out some vinyl numbers for me with her awesome Silhouette cutter. How lucky I am to have two very generous and creative women in my life! Not only are they providing two key elements for my dining room update, they inspire me daily with all their decorating know-how. I am excited to see my dining room transform, even if it is one piece at a time, and I am looking forward to entertaining in my new casual, yet classic, black and white dining room.
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