My dear friend, Jenny Slingerland, has the best taste. She's one of those girls that always looks put together but in a cool, eclectic way. She also happens to be the most savvy bargain shopper around and is an amazing interior designer. Her website and blog showcase her many talents.
I know that many people hear the term, "interior designer," and see dollar figures. What I love about Jenny is that she is totally price conscious and searches high and low – online, at flea markets, in antique stores – to find the best options out there.
Jenny has been kind enough to share some of her tried-and-true interior design tips with our readers. Thanks, Jenny! –Angie
Once you've come to the decision to decorate a room, how do you know where to start?
1. Keep in mind; the space needs to reflect YOU and your style. If you're not sure what your style is, flip through design magazines, explore design blogs and websites for inspiration.
2. Another option to help start the design process, is to find one thing you love, whether it’s a piece of fabric, a vase, or an area rug and base the rest of the room around it.
3. Begin creating an ‘inspiration board.’ In other words a collage of photos, fabrics, color samples, magazine tear outs, etc. You can also make these on your computer, as I did.
My inspiration board:
The beautiful sofa was the inspiration for my room. I love the graceful lines of the sofa, the weathered wood finish paired with luxurious mauve linen.
I knew I didn’t want the room to feel “stuffy,” so I added some glitzy pieces to liven up the space. The gold star mirror, gold sequence pillow and chandelier did the trick.
The studded trunk coffee table really anchors the space and prevents the room from feeling too feminine.
The side table and other accessories add a touch of whimsy and lightness to the room.
Adding a few turquoise accessories adds an unexpected punch of color to the room. If you’re worried about adding color, just add a few pieces and see if you like it. If you do, you can always add more.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's post when Jenny shares with us where to shop....