Interior Designer Elkhart Goshen Indiana
You can design your own beautiful and meaningful home on a budget! Today luxury interior design is not about pretense or showing off - it's about designing a space that is comfortable and supports your goals and lifestyle while reminding you of God's provision and presence. To do this wisely, might mean combining high and low, old and new, classic and 'now' pieces and even remaking vintage items instead of buying new. This guarantees originality in a way that luxury brands and local stores can not and crafts a space that is layered, collected and timeless. To make it easy, I follow a process. or a well thought out plan (otherwise it takes forever, I can't focus and I make too many boo boos). My proven strategy involves using limited funds, practical creativity, do it yourself savvy and patience. Will my home ever grace the pages of Architectural Digest? No, but it blends different opinions, unique personalities and distinct passions in a fresh, simple, timeless way that checks off everyone's 'boxes' and is a reminder of God's beauty, peace and goodness which inspires and refreshes me daily as I walk through the dark valley of Alzheimer's Disease with my mother.
Plants & flowers are THE underappreciated decorating tool. They bring life, color and a touch of nature inside our homes. My home is mostly done in neutrals so I can showcase the flowers from my garden all summer long. I did that on purpose! Flowers are THE most important design element in my home and I planned it that way because a flower bouquet instantly reminds me of God's love for me and inexpensively brightens up my rooms with color and grace.
Put something on a corbel or floating shelf
A corbel or small shelf is a clever and unexpected perch to add style to your home. I love change and this small corbel holds whatever I am crushing on at the moment. I found this cute little corbel at the thrift store for $4.
Rethink how to use an item.
The ornate vase below is actually a candelabra. After cleaning, I inserted a glass vase, and put cut crystals into the candle holders and filled it with my favorite blooms. When you begin to train your eye to look at objects in terms of color, line, shape, style, pattern and space, you'll discover a whole new way to express yourself and your style.
Paint your own Painting!
Freshening up a space is easy when you add modern art and modern art is easy because the only rule is that it brings you joy. The art I created below began with two clearance wraps from the local Craft store. I drew a horse free hand on the canvas and then added acrylic paint in colors from my current color story.
Create a unified look by painting furniture and cabinetry the same color
My kitchen is home to an original 1954 Crane Line cast iron sink and cabinet - the original farmhouse sink! To create the perfect vintage modern mix, we painted the the old Crane Line cabinet and the new cabinets the same creamy white color to not only unify the kitchen but bring it into a new era. I don't use Chalk paint because I like simple, cheap and easy. I use Ben Moore 'Advanced" paint in a satin finish instead for my cabinets and furniture because it's inexpensive, simple to use and I get the exact color I'm craving without a learning curve. The kitchen pulls and hardware are new.
Add Vacation and Family Mementos
The cowboy boots below were played in by all of our children. Now, I tuck a small bottle inside and fill it with flowers all summer long. Shop your own home for special items and collections that tell a story and remind you of special memories.
Separate furniture Sets
Rethink what you have and where you use it. Break up your matching furniture sets. Here I brought my bedroom dresser into the kitchen where I can enjoy it more often and had a matching top hutch built to display my vintage dish collection.
Create unique gallery walls!
Original art is gorgeous but expensive so if your budget doesn't yet allow for that unique, inspirational work of art, get creative with what you already own. I've used musical instruments, secondhand mirrors, vintage dishes, baskets, large clocks, homemade art, fabrics, scarves, embroidery, insect collections and other items that add texture & dimension. Here I used my grandmother's blue willow dishes and repainted some vintage artwork to match my color palette. I keep it all unified by using the same style and color of frames.
Add a personality chair
Custom furniture, like custom art is a once in a lifetime purchase but that doesn't mean you have to settle for the same furniture everyone else has. Get creative with what you already own or look for quality furniture in grandma's attic or a consignment or thrift store or Craigslist. If the bones are good, you can always create your own masterpiece by recovering with fabric or paint. Below, I had a slipcover made for our brown leather sofa and used both paint and fabric to recover this pink velvet classic!
Add Small Updates that make a big difference
Accessories make the room! I remember when my dad came home from Florida in March and said, "you bought new furniture". I had to laugh as I had only had custom pillow covers made! But I made a mental note - accessories make the room! Whatever your style you can do a mini makeover by changing your accessories or buying or making new pillow covers!
Include an antique in every room
the oak sideboard above belonged to my mother in law. My husband loves to share stories about her when company arrives and starts swooning over it. You can find similiar treasures at the antique auction in Shipshewana or at local antique stores at great prices. The two cane chairs were purchased inexpensively at a local thrift store and refurbished with new foam and fabric. I found the french vintage frame below at a local junk shop, painted it my favorite shade of robins egg blue and then added a little gold gilding paste from Hobby Lobby as a finishing touch.
Create a Memento Display by adding pretty paper or fabric to a frame.
Create an affordable piece of art with basic frames and easels and pretty paper, scarves or fabric. I've used wallpaper remnants, wrapping paper and card stock before. The picture below was a valentine to my great great grandmother Amanda and is dated 1908. Creating the perfect mix of new and vintage items always begins with a great story!
Add a wide white mat to update artwork.
An extra-large white mat is a simple trick for giving any photo or piece of art big presence. The fossil displayed below was part of one of our son's 4-H projects. We love to collect rocks, fossils or insects while on vacation and. It's nice to have items that mean something to you and your family personally.
Breath new life into old furniture using a color you LOVE!
It's easier to go bold with color on a piece of furniture than on the walls. Pick a color you love, and breath new life into an old piece! This little table use to belong to my mother and was boring beige. Not any more! Now it's reborn into a new unique piece for another generation to enjoy.
Don't be afraid to decorate with colors and items you love and admire. After all, your home is your sanctuary, a place where you relax, love, recharge and create beautiful memories with family and friends. So why settle for mediocrity and chaos at home when it could be a place of worship and healing?
I hope you've discovered some new ideas to help you create a consumer savvy, beautiful and meaningful home that will support your inspired vision.
Most of the items were hunted, inherited or found in my own basement. Others were purchased new but on sale. The dollar investment was around $500 per room - but the result is priceless!
Acquiring or reinventing found objects is a fun, thrifty way to participate in the creation process using limited funds. In addition, they add personality to your home while keeping stuff out of the landfill. And the entire experience is a unique adventure with God that will be a memorial to you and your family of God's faithfulness, goodness, provision and protection (Joshua 3 & 4).
Has God been calling you to create a place where you can sense His presence so that you'll know Him as your Redeemer? We live in a fallen world and we need a safe place to regain our balance - a place to be reborn, refreshed, renewed, refocused & refined (John 14:23, Philippians 4: 4-9 & Romans 1:20, & 12:1-3),
I pray that these timeless, consumer savvy, inexpensive decorating strategies and tips will help you to that end.
What is your favorite 'makeover' story? I'd love to hear it!
Until next time, Hugs and blessings (Numbers 6: 24-26),
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About this blog...
I began writing this blog in May 2016 after discovering that my mother always wanted to be a writer. She has Alzheimer's disease and she'll never realize her dream. Sometimes in our deepest grief we are motivated to encourage others to fearlessly be themselves so that their gifts and stories are shared. I mean, how else can we change the world?. So I began to record the things that reflect who I am and what is important to me, because one day my memories too, may be gone and what would that mean to the people God gave me to care for and the good works He gave me to do? So, here is where I share the important stuff so that you can learn real design, not decorator tricks, but fundamental and salient concepts to apply so that you can create your own exemplary home and so that my family and I can remember the life we lived and created here in our home, our sacred place. Because my work is important, this is also where I share my favorite design projects and how good design enhanced their lives as well. I hope you're inspired and encouraged as I share my memories, my work, my mission & my life. Many blessings, (Numbers 6: 24-26)