5 Easy Steps to Decorate Your New Home
5 Easy Steps to Decorate Your New Home
YAY! You Got a New House! Now how do you Decorate it?!
Bonus* Check out my 3D design plans for my move to Florida!
If you are about to move, just moved, have been in your house for a year and are still overwhelmed- then you are in the right spot! I'm going to let you in on my design process first hand and show you the steps (or layers) that it takes to create a cozy and well designed space. I don't want you to feel overwhelmed at all about decorating your home so I 'm going to start at the beginning. Don't miss my concepts for my new house at the bottom of this post!
As you probably already know if you follow me on Instagram, Pinterest or Facebook- we are moving to Florida at the end of this month. This will be my 10th move in 12 years and my 5th state- so I got this whole decorating and moving thing down pat! We are moving from the Bronx we are doubling our space with our new house- after we downsized when we moved to the city and had to scale everything down, now I get to fill it back up again! We will be renting for now since we don't know the area and want to get a feel for it. We got a super cute house that needs a little TLC (Yay- my favorite!), so you will be seeing a lot of my projects, design insights and tips as I design the space.
I wanted to show you the step by step process I take to design and plan for more square footage. Obviously this isn't going to happen right away- but that's kind of the fun in it! I like to take my time and develop each area the way it should be for function rather than quickly buying everything and not loving it or have it not suit my needs. So if you are in the same boat where you have just purchased or are renting a house and need to decorate it- Don't take on too much and burn yourself out. DECORATING SHOULD BE FUN! So join me on my design journey and learn how to use my process to decorate your house!
Alright, it's time for the breakdown... So where the F*ck do you even start?
Think of your room in layers- that will be the easiest way to process each phase of your design. Each layer makes your home more cozy than the last. Think of it as a pyramid with 5 layers. Start at the bottom and work your way up in manageable steps.
1. What rooms or areas do you want to focus on right away?
I have chosen to focus on my living and dining room areas first since I work from home, have a toddler and my husband is a chef so he needs extra work space that isn't included in our small kitchen. Typically you will choose a place that you spend the most time in with your family or entertaining guests. We all want to show off our home- so let's start with the rooms people actually hang out in. If you have an area that needs immediate attention in your home because it isn't structurally sound then take care of that first. Don't stress- the rest of the house will come together soon. Sometimes if you have a high stress project or issue you are dealing with in a new home and trying to decorate at the same time it just sucks the life out of you and doesn't make the process fun. So take care of the crappy projects and get them out of the way so you can really enjoy yourself where it counts!
2. What Furniture Do You Want to Keep?
Since furniture is the biggest part of the design and will dictate the layout and color palette- it only makes sense that we plan accordingly to use it in our decorating. What do you already own and want to keep? Make a list of all the pieces in your house that you want to use in your new house, some that you are ok to part with and some that are ready to be thrown out or donated. Make note of every single piece in your house that is staying- just because its used for one function now doesn't mean it will be used the same way in the new house. See my list below for how I am sorting my furniture!
3. Layout the Rooms Floor Plan
If you are in your house you can use cardboard or painters tape to layout your floor plan before getting the furniture in the space. Or you can do it old school and sketch it out on a piece of paper (or your Phone because its 2018 and obv there is an app for that). When you are laying out your floor plan- what is it that you want to keep in this room- what can you re-purpose from another room to create function in your new space? I will be using a console table that I currently am using for my vanity as a sofa table because we have to float the sectional. With there being a staircase on the other side of a half wall and a toddler that loves to chill on the back of my sectional- we aren't taking any chances! Our current side tables may or may not be used as nightstands depending on how everything feels in the room. The living room rug will be moved to the master bedroom and a new one will replace it at some point as well. So think outside the box for this
Just get a general layout for the room that will function and flow as you think you will need it to in the space. You will probably need to tweak stuff over time as you learn how you operate in your space that's alright- nothing is ever permanent in design, things are always changing and adapting to your life.
4. Pick Your Color Scheme
Using the furniture you selected lets pick a color palette! This is when we really start to see your design inspiration come to life. I'm sure you have been all over Pinterest creating boards with your favorite styles and colors- so start there. I generally like to keep my larger pieces of furniture (and the most expensive) as neutral and durable as possible. I do this because its so much easier to change out pillows and accent decor than it is a large piece of furniture.
Side Note: Our sectional (from Arhaus- its the Landsbury) is a gorgeous deep gray/blue velvety microfiber fabric. We LIVE on it, so does my dog, 2 cats and toddler- so we needed something durable and easy to clean. I actually wash my cushion covers in the washing machine and air dry them when necessary. I DO NOT recommend this for all fabrics but some you can and they wont shrink or fade easily. The pic below is my current living room (well before it was boxed up and packed).
I am really digging the colors in this sample concept board so I'm going to adapt some of the colors and finishes in it and work with what I have. Check out my last blog post on to learn 3 Easy Ways to Mix Patterns and Textures Like a Pro and get ideas on how to pull all your finishes together.
5. Order the finishing touches!
So now that you have picked out and arranged the furniture that you will be using in the room and determined the places you will need to add or replace. Don't feel like you need to add new things or replace them right away. This can totally be over time- if it isn't in the cards right now no worries! If you are waiting on some bigger items for when its a better time financially to purchase them then you can always just change out pillows, paint or decor- the details go a LONG way! I recommend ordering in layers anyway, this will help you determine and tweak what is working and what isn't. Use my previous blog post above to pull your colors together and get things on order- it will help you break down your layers in your space.
ITS TIME TO DECORATE!
I promise you that this process will cut down on the pieces you order and have to return or end up hating because you bought them on a whim because they look cool! Take a breath, get a game plan and then implement it. If you need help doing this, I'm here for you, I have helped hundreds of families across the country with my online interior design services! Weather you just want me to design it all for you and even coordinate your delivery's and ordering- I got you with my Full Service E-Design Service. I offer so many other options for what ever your decorating needs are that if you don't see it listed just message me and Let's Talk about your design goals!
My Design Concept!
So since I do this for a living, obviously I couldn't not create a 3D model of my room! So here is a general layout using furniture I already have, features I want to add and color palette I'm thinking of using. A lot of the artwork and decor is just general but gives me an action plan as to how I'd like to see everything laid out. You can do this too! It all starts with creating the mood board I mentioned in my previous post!
Here is my process with my new house:
First, I created my list of larger furniture pieces I want to keep, repurpose or replace in this room:
Items to Keep:
Chest of Drawers (for TV)
Maybe Side Tables
Items I Plan to Repurpose:
Vanity console- now sofa console
Dining table top- in search of new base!
Maybe nesting side tables
Wing back chair- In storage
Items That are Current Place Holders Until I find Their Replacement:
New Furniture to Add or Replace:
Counter top for Dining Area
Then I laid out the furniture in a floor plan and made sure everything will fit how I envision it. I kept in mind the tv placement, where the natural light is coming from and other functions for how we will live and work in the space.
Next I chose a color palette that inspired me and added potential areas that I can incorporate those colors and materials (with what I already have). I knew I wanted to use peel and stick wallpaper to create an accent wall and decided that it would look awesome in dining nook. Since one of my goals is to lighten the space the white wood look and light gray walls will really soften the space and make it feel breezy and clean. I am typically monochromatic in my farmhouse decor but I LOVE to add a coastal and contemporary design elements. I've decided to incorporate green into my color palette right now. I plan to include it in pops of color in my pillows and live/ faux plants in the decor. Everything else will be gray and contrasting creams- but durable and kid friendly (or affordable enough that I can replace them in a couple years when my zoo destroys them).
I'm into minimal design and I think less is way more- but am always looking to find storage options so that my daughters toys aren't strewn across the house. And since she loves to clean (THANK GOD) I have hidden places for her toys to be out of sight.
So- here is what I came up with for my first tentative design plan! What do you think!? Leave a comment below and tell me about your new house!
Current Dining Area
Dining Area Concept
Current Living Room
Living Room Concept
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