Welcome to the Decorating Dilemmas Party!
PLEASE READ THE RULES BEFORE LINKING UP!!
It's kind of unnerving to admit that you need help AND post photos of your problem online for the whole world (or 20 readers) to see. I hope you're here because you need some fresh ideas or can offer some feedback.
Don't have a Dilemma? Then I bet you have a SOLUTION or two that you can share for those of us who need some help. Please feel free to link those up as well.
Here are a few Rules:
1. When you enter your link, please enter the permalink to your specific party post, not your blog's homepage.
(You can do this by opening your blog, clicking on the title of the post that you want to link to, and then highlighting it to copy and paste here in MckLinky. If readers can't find the correct post on your blog, then you won't receive any feedback.)
2. Please give us a brief description of your post after your blog name.
For example, mine would read: Amanda @ Serenity Now (Accessories Need Updating!)
3. *Please leave me a comment with a link to your post.*
This way, if McLinky hates me, dumps me, and ignores me, we can still all visit each other through the comments! Also, I like comments. And I need help too!
4. Please include a link in your post to this party (again, not my blog's homepage!) when you join.
Just add it in somewhere within your blog's party post before you link up. That way your readers can join in the fun if they want to. If I don't see a link to THIS post, I'll have to delete your link.
5. It won't be a party if we don't mingle!
This is where I jump on my blog party soapbox for a moment:
Please try to visit at least one other link on the list.
This party isn't about promoting your blog by sticking your link up and then waiting for comments and visits to come rolling in. It's about offering genuine, thoughtful feedback to others, and receiving the same in turn.
If you can't get around to visiting right away, that's okay (really!), but please make an effort to stop by a blog or two by the end of the week. I'm not asking you to write an essay-comment for the blogs you visit, but please leave a helpful thought or two. You'd be surprised at how easy it is to see someone else's Dilemma and come up with all sorts of ideas.
If you notice you haven't received any comments, take a few minutes to comment on the other partygoers' posts, and be sure to tell them you are visiting from my party so they know to return the favor. That makes a successful blog party. Otherwise, I'm just hosting a big list of people's links, and that's no fun for anyone.
Okay...got that out of the way....
Okay...got that out of the way....
Have fun, everyone! Link Up Here, and please be sure to scroll down to help me with my Dilemma!
Okay...here's my Dilemma for January (it was hard to choose between them all!)
I need help with updating Accessories in our Family room!
T and I bought our first home (our current home) when we were fresh out of college. At 22, I didn't really have a sense of what decorating style I most identified with. As a result, I think I leaned toward a more country look because that's what I grew up with.
I don't have anything against the country style at all...I just don't think it really reflects who I am. And the trouble is...now my Family room doesn't really reflect me either.
I am on the hunt for some new (thrifty!) end tables and a coffee table with a more updated look. There's a lot that can be changed/updated here, but I'll focus on a few things today:
Should I spray paint the frames on the "Banjo wall" white (or another color)?
All the other frames in the room are white. (The photos are all black and whites of my dad and his little sis as kids, and their parents as kids).
Should I keep a wreath above the banjo (the banjo belonged to my dad, sentimental piece), but just do something updated...maybe with a monogram?
There's not much I can do about the couch and blue chair. There's nothing wrong with them...I just want a new look!
I could slipcover them, but my sewing skills aren't really on par with a project like that, and I just don't have the extra cash to spend on some from the store. Plus, I think slipcovers look great in photos, but the second you sit on one, the whole look is ruined.
So...should I make covers for these pillows and the 4 on the couch?? Maybe out of a neutral painter's dropcloth??
And, finally Problem #4:
Should I spray paint them? What color?
T and I had a *nice* discussion about these lamps last night. I can quote him as saying, "You are not painting those lamps."
He should have known better than to tell me not to do something....
T is a pretty traditional guy. He's fine with me spray painting picture frames, platters, and little stuff until a cloud of mess forms over our backyard. But I think spray painting large pieces like the lamps makes him a little uncomfortable.
Any words of wisdom here?? It should be noted that he rarely spends time in this room other than to iron his shirts in the morning.
Please help me out, friends! Thanks for putting up with this extra long post. I hope you all get some great feedback and ideas this week!