I’ve always liked decorating.
I remember being about 10 years old and decorating my room for the first time.
My colors of choice dusty blue and mauve – teddy bears and hearts – in a “country” theme. It was the mid 80’s… country was in.
I stenciled alternating bears (blue) and hearts (mauve) around the wall near the ceiling. (Stenciling was, like, so in. Duh.)
I made little crafty wreaths with baby’s breath and ribbon flowers.
I got busy with the glue gun.
It was amazing.
Then, a few years later I “matured” a little.
Can’t remember exactly what age I was, but it was probably around 13 or 14. I redecorated in a “tropical” theme. (Late 80’s folks.)
I bought a teal bedspread with tropical fish on it, found some cool brightly colored wooden fish for my wall on our family trip to Mexico, and even bought a teal-colored aquarium to put real goldfish in.
Such a “cool” room.
I used baby-sitting money to do this sort-of thing. That’s how much I was into it.
I still love decorating. If I was rich I’d redecorate every year or two. Just for fun.
But I’m not.
So I use freecycle. I thrift. I shop Target sales. I DIY. I garage sale. I pull things from the side of the road and “make them over”.
Pretty much all of my furniture is from IKEA (cheap!) or freecycle or handed down from generous friends.
I use birthday money and Christmas money to buy things for “myself” – house decor.
I’ve been known to use table runners for wall hangings and spray pain branches found in my yard for centerpieces.
But it works for me. I like it.
And my house is beautiful.
Ever sicne I can remember I’ve enjoyed making things beautiful.
No doubt I always will.
Q for you: Did you decorate as a kid? Tell me about your “best” room makeover! (hahaha……)