31 Days of Autumn Bliss {Day 14}: Unifying

31 Days of Autumn Bliss {Day 14}: Unifying

Living room: Inexpensive drop cloths unite my mismatched furniture.
{Sofa was hunter green. Ottoman was blue and pink plaid.}

Do you wish your home was more “put together?” Do you want a warm welcoming room but you are living with hand me downs or old furniture that makes your home feel a little disjointed and less than coordinated? Do you want to work with what you have but it doesn’t work together very well?

Here is how I see things.

In order to be happy with how your home looks:

Your house doesn’t have to be perfect

Your style doesn’t have to be the most current.

Your furniture doesn’t have to be new, expensive or ridiculously adorable.

You can have a mixture of furniture styles.

Your coffee tables don’t have to be professionally styled with appropriate accessories.

You don’t have to have board & batten walls and wood floors.

{pause to let that sink in}

Those things are NICE but we don’t always have everything we want, right?

31 Days of Autumn Bliss {Day 14}: Unifying
Unifying random accessories with paint eliminates
chaotic feeling of “nothing goes together”

 

If you feel like nothing “goes” together or things are just chaotic in your room, you are not going to feel content with what you have. You are going to start feeling like you need all new furniture or accessories or SOMETHING to eliminate your mismatched decor!

Sometimes it takes me awhile to figure out why I do not like my room! I convince myself I need ALL NEW FURNITURE because everything seems WRONG.

Once I dive in and start editing out random colors I don’t want and too many different wood tones to find a more cohesive color palette, things start to come together with what I already have!

My home is not perfect, and not how I want it yet, but I always work with what I have. This is a process. I don’t have the option of buying new things!

When perfection is not the goal, you have to find solutions along the way to work with what you have.

My furniture was everything from hunter green to pink to red toile and the wood pieces were oak, dark and pine…I definitely needed to unify to have all those pieces happily exist in one house.

31 Days of Autumn Bliss {Day 14}: Unifying

My dining room:

  • Mismatched woods and furniture were unified in space by white or green paint or drop cloth slipcovers.
  • {The table and one chair was pine, chair was dark wood, ottoman was pink.}
  • White plates and pitchers are used to create unity in accessories.
  • Eventually, these walls will be painted too to rid my house of more of that awful SWINE color.

31 Days of Autumn Bliss {Day 14}: Unifying

This cabinet was oak.

31 Days of Autumn Bliss {Day 14}: Unifying

My family room:

  • Beat up mismatched rattan chairs were unified with simple white paint and black and white slipcovers.
  • White and green shutters and white frames unify accessories.
  • Soft greenish walls wrap green all the way around the room.

31 Days of Autumn Bliss {Day 14}: Unifying
Shades of green, white and black even in the bathroom.

Unifying doesn’t mean MATCHING everything. You don’t have to have an all white house. It is simple to repeat white over and over and have a unified space. But white alone is not energizing enough for me (remember, we live in Seattle and it is rainy and gray outside all winter, I need more warmth and COLOR inside!). I repeat white, green and black but there are still pops of other colors in various rooms. I like to have a more lively house!

31 Days of Autumn Bliss {Day 14}: Unifying
More white, black and a touch of green.
COME ON! You don’t coordinate dogs at your house?
{sorry, we aren’t even half way through the 31 days and I’m already losing my mind)

Having white furniture is working well for me because I can add really any color to it. Color choice is a matter of personal preference, but the principle of repetition really works no matter what colors you prefer.

Warm or cool colors (whatever your preference), repeated, unite a space and make it feel warmer, cozier and more put together!

PS. Professionally made slipcovers are gorgeous but expensive. I didn’t have that option! Most of my slipcovers are very basic and made out of inexpensive drop cloths or other affordable fabrics. One sofa is a PB sofa and has a Pottery Barn slipcover that was made for it, the other sofa (top photo, which you can barely see) is a that my mom modified to have separate cushions. There are lots of slipcover tutorials on the internet so even if you think you can’t sew, you could learn some basic tips!

Do you ever feel like your room feels disjointed?
Have you tried unifying your furniture with more repetition?

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31 Days of Autumn Bliss {Day 14}: Unifying

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31 Days of Autumn Bliss {Day 6}: Curtains

31 Days of Autumn Bliss {Day 6}: Curtains

Bringing on MORE Autumn Bliss!

We are on day 6 of the 31 Days of Autumn Bliss series!

If you are just joining in, here are the posts you missed!

Entering the Autumn Season
A Welcoming Fall Entry

The Secret to a Clutter Free Room
Bringing Cozy Back!

Layering Rugs Over Carpet

One of my favorite parts of autumn is warming up the decor, and that includes using curtains! If you have a beautiful room, stunning woodwork and a great view, curtains are not always necessary. But for the rest of us, curtains have their advantages. Not only can they provide privacy and cover up less than amazing windows or woodwork, they definitely help a room feelĀ  more cozy.

I had these curtains from my old house and I really wanted to reuse them to be thrifty, but I was worried they’d close the dining room in too much. But as soon as Fall hit, I was READY for more cozy. And instead of closing in the room like I feared, they added something the room needed, more fabric! Fabric makes a room feel softer and warmer…which to me means COZIER.

Hanging them was EASY PEASY, by the way. I was able to use a simple tension rod from the window molding to the wall to hang a panel on each side. I did not need them to function for privacy or warmth, so stationary panels on either side was all I needed. When the winter season is over, I can easily take them down!

The stained glass pieces are real antique church windows. They mean something to my family since we started a church ourselves a year ago. It is great to having things in my home that are authentic and personal. I know no one else will have them! I am kind of a rebel so I like having a unique style all my own. I also like that these stained glass windows fit perfectly in over our regular windows and help conceal a less than perfect view (they are stuck to the window frame with Command Hooks! Three cheers for those velcro like hooks, I use them EVERYWHERE!) I love solving problems in simple, creative and meaningful ways!

Autumn is a time when we should feel warm in our nests, so I’m really enjoying finally having curtains in two of my rooms now! Baby steps!

Do you add or change curtains in the fall?

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31 Days of Autumn Bliss {Day 6}: Curtains


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