DIY is all the rage right now. But, for many of us, it's been a fact of everyday life for years. I for one am an avid DIYer. If I can't buy it, by gosh I'll make it. Doing just that has gained me a lot of experience over the years, and saved me A LOT of money.
Why just yesterday I DIYed a headboard out of three boards I bought at a local big box store, and some left over stain-See pic to right. Granted its not complicated(simple Scandinavian style is all the rage right now), and its also not finished completely, all that's left is to find two small lights to place on the taller boards. I simply haven't chosen them yet. By the time its finished completely, I'll have a lovely headboard, 1) That's in style with current home decorating trends. 2) only cost me about $20.00 to make. 3) Is functional and does exactly what I want it to. The added benefit is that I can boast that I made it myself.
There is another added benefit of DIY that no one ever talks about. Its the feeling that goes along with creating and bringing to fruition something you have developed in your imagination. And for me, that's the greatest gift the DIY trend has given us. To be able to grab something out of your imagination and turn it into something you can see and touch is to me, amazing. It has also been a hobby of mine for years. So do it, build something of your own, let your imagination shine, you'll be amazed what it does for your self esteem.
" Home really is where our lives unfold, like a flower in the sun." We look at our homes in many different ways . I, myself see my home as a place of refuge. My husband sees it as a place to sleep. He's one of those guys who could live in a cave. He wouldn't care, as long as he could shower and sleep. But, since I travel so much for work, home to me is a precious place. No matter how you feel about your home-it can be more than just a place to shower and sleep, no matter what type of home it is. It doesn't matter if it's a cabin in the mountains, a shack on the beach, or an apartment in the middle of Manhattan. You can turn your home into a place of refuge from the outside world.
Lets start with a coat of paint. Even when I am living in a rental, I try to get written permission from the landlord to paint. Written, because that makes it legal, but you've also got to abide by their requests. Even so, being able to impose your will on the place you call home is a first step. I use two colors-Oxford White, and Sunset Nude. Both colors can be mixed at a local big box store of your choosing. Oxford White is made by Sherwin Williams, and Sunset Nude by Valspar. Oxford White is THE PERFECT WHITE as far as I'm concerned. It is mixed in a pastel base, so there are subtle hints of pink, green, and yellow hidden in its interior. Its a deep white, meaning it creates depth in a room, and makes the walls look as though they have withstood the steps of time, and yet still gleam in the sun.
Sunset Nude, well that's a horse of a different color. When you see it on a swatch it looks like a pinky yellow, but when you get it on the walls, it truly comes to life. Sunshine is Sunset Nudes friend, as is any type of light. Light brings out the colors swirling beneath. Soft light on Sunset nude in a bedroom will give it a cozy comfortable feel regardless of the finish. In a dining room with full on sunlight, it takes on a light cheery feeling that brightens the room, while still feeling comfortable and welcoming. On a wide expanse of living room wall, sunset light brings out its pinkish undertones, and makes it warm and invitingly comfortable feeling.
I seldom use any other colors-decorators be damned, I want my home to be comfortable and mellow and those two colors do it every time. The plus about both of these colors-for you folks who rent, both are considered neutral colors, and acceptable to most landlords.
I have to be honest, most of my home is currently Oxford White for two reasons, 1) I'm renting right now. 2) this house is SMALL, Smaller, smallish-very much so, and whites tend to expand rooms and make them look bigger. So far I have painted the kitchen, hallway, and living room in Oxford White, I will paint both bedrooms Sunset Nude, and the dining room will most likely remain white. All in keeping with the neutral pallet required by my landlord.
So first paint, then we move on.