Thursday, October 1, 2009

Get creative!

This is a revised post from back when I only had a few followers. It has been a busy week for me (2 new clients are keeping me hopping) So I thought I would visit the archives to find a post filled with great information and encouragement that some of my new followers would find helpful.( and if I am honest, to save myself some time :)
Get creative in your home decorating.
Mix things up a bit. Just because you have always had that item in that room, doesn't mean it needs to stay there. Often times when I have moved a chair from the living room to the family room for instance it looks new again. Same thing goes for a picture or other wall art. I recently moved a pair of wrought iron sconces out of the family room into the living room. When my girlfriends came over (who had been here many many times) they all thought I had gotten something new. It really can make a difference and revive the way you feel about your home. Don't be afraid to get creative and just mix it up a bit. Paint that wall, recover that chair, change the furniture around. Do not let your fear limit you or your creativity.
Another great idea would be to use an ottoman for a coffee table in front of your sofa. It can soften the feel in the room just by making that one change. For great looking ottoman or other items that might work for you, check out
Ottoman and footstools are great additions to any room. They often fill a dual purpose, they are pretty as well as useful by providing extra seating or filling an empty corner. Use a screen to divide an area or hide clutter Get creative and just loose that fear!


  1. I need you to come show me how to perk up my home! I move a few things around, and it still looks...well, the same! I think having a friend (with a great eye for hidden treasures in your home) is a fun twist to perking things up. My sis-in-law and I have done it a couple times for each other. No expense...just someone else's point of view!

  2. You are writing what I am thinking today. Walking around the house and deciding what to move!!!

    Thanks for the post and love the ottoman.

  3. Wonderful inspiration that I'll definately be putting to use in my rental :-) Thanks for stopping by my blog & leaving your sweet comment.

  4. I agree with you 100%...I have always done this and it does really work...thanks soooo much for the post! Hope you have a great weekend Debbie.


  5. I need to do just that...shake things up a bit. Move things from room to room! Thanks for the insight!

  6. Terrific tips, it really is all together too easy to fall into a (drab) decor rut. I know my cat would love it if we got some ottomans - more places for her to lounge! :D

    Hope your have a gorgeous weekend, my friend - big hugs!
    ♥ Jessica

  7. Hi! I just found you over at Melissa's Heart and Home. Very good ideas you share on this post.

    I'm going to sign up as a follower and I'll be back! :)


  8. Always something new! Moving things around can give just that it~

  9. Great post with a lot of helpful information! I'm all for trying new things out in the home. Thanks for stopping by today.
    pk @ room remix

  10. I think it is a great idea to move things around to get a fresh new feel!

  11. Debbie: Thank you for your sweet comment and for visiting my blog! It led me to yours and I love these tips!

    I will be back and I am a follower!!

    Lou Cinda :)

  12. That's great advice, Debbie! Mixing things up and changing things a bit is a good thing.

    Congrats on getting two new clients!


  13. Hi Debbie -- thanks for stopping by That Old House and visiting in my parlor for a bit -- and for your kind comment!

    I smiled at your suggestion for an ottoman in front of a sofa --- that's just what a decorator friend of mine has suggested for our parlor, in front of the exaggerated camelback sofa in front of the fireplace. I'm not sure -- I've been looking for a nice tea table, but an ottoman has its charms. My current coffee table cost $3 at a yard sale in the Hamptons 30 years ago!

    All the best ... Cass
    ps...signing on as a follower

  14. Great ideas!
    Thanks for stopping by to visit me.
    You blessed my day!

  15. I am so glad you re-posted this post!!! you just gave me that little nudge that I needed!

  16. You always have such great advice!

  17. Enjoyed this. Shake things up!

    Happy Fall.