Hi all! I thought it would be fun to do a bit of a design rewind today. I am asked all the time about where to start. How do I begin a room makeover? What do I do first? Here is the deal. Whether you are a designer or a homeowner baffled with the process . . . the beginning is the same. You need a source of inspiration for a space. I posted this gorgeous pillow on Instagram recently and so many of you loved it. It really is a striking fabric and I fell in love with it the minute I saw it. That is an inspiration piece. You must LOVE your foundation in order to love what grows from it. So. A pillow. Let’s begin with a pillow.
From this beautiful pillow came this design for a space. The feel of the pillow is light, airy, and feminine. The room should follow suit.
With retail stores, Etsy and local discount spots . . . it is very easy to find a pillow that is dreamy. How about a design rewind to show you how it was done.
Once you have your pillow in hand, it needs to travel with you everywhere. Hopefully it has a zipper enclosure so you can slip the cover off. I fold mine and place them in a zip lock bag they stay clean. Little tip. Keep it in your purse while shopping! You need two more pillows to create a beautiful effect. You’ll want to stay in the same color palette but choose two different prints. HINT: A floral pillow is always a good jumping off point so that you have many colors to choose from. It sort of ties a room together. If you are scared of floral. . . give it a try. I promise you won’t regret it. A good rule of thumb is that you want the scale of the prints to be big, medium and large. They will blend and not compete.
Once your pillows are chosen, choose a contrasting color for a rug. Stick to more pattern and look for pattern and texture on a drape. A simple trim can do the trick if you are not really confident with your ability to pair patterns. I love a bold stripe and think it works well with all types of prints. It’s classic and safe.
Then the fun comes in! I bring in accessories and furniture that fit the feel of my inspiration piece. That will keep a room cohesive and beautiful. I always love white bedding and think it lends itself to allowing your fabrics and artwork to shine. I love the green lamp. The lime green was pulled from the floral fabric and is a really fun, unexpected look for a lamp. All rooms need that.
So that is how I designed a room around a pillow. I hope that it gives you a little more confidence to do the same the next time you are in a store and fall in love with a pillow.
And I can not let today go by without wishing my amazing brother a happy birthday. We will be celebrating you all day. Your life, your love and your legacy. We miss you deeply.