Freshen Up Your Home

January 7, 2012


Interior Design Magazine

The new year has arrived and, each year, my husband and I clean-up Christmas decorations and, get in a major (huge!) clean out clutter mode.  This year has been no different!  Beginning last Friday, he started ‘tackling’ the yard and, I proceeded to ‘go to war’ with everything from drawers, to closets, to the play room.  I am telling you, large black trash bags have been flying around here!  Feels SO good!   What about you?  How is the “clutter meter” in your house?  Besides cleaning out and, re-organizing my home, I have been on a quest (for many months) to make the look of our home much “lighter and brighter”.   I thank Memphis interior designer, Shelley Miller, for coming here in early 2011 and, giving me a wonderful lesson on how to get started.  Shelley and I visited for over 2 hours on the new look I was trying to achieve in our home.  I SO love to decorate our house, but, every now and again, it is a huge help to get a fresh pair of eyes on your space.

What do I mean by “lighter and brighter”?  Take a look at the above January 2012 Architectural Digest cover.

Do you see the light walls, draperies, furniture and accessories?  This room is very “right now” as far as design goes.  I love it!  Most of us can’t afford to buy all new light furniture, draperies, etc., in order to achieve this look.  I have become a student of this light and fresh clean look the past year.   I have carefully bargain shopped for lighter accessories to layer on darker pieces of furniture.  I have completely cleaned off the bookshelves in our living room and family room and, started over with a cleaner and simplified look.  I selected a lighter wallpaper for our entry hall and guest bathroom.  What a difference!  Cleaner lines, simpler design, and  lighter and brighter rooms.  I am hooked!   My house feels more restful and peaceful now.  I love being here more than ever!

Clear glass containers are a super easy way to accessorize your home.  Kitchen:  I filled this apothecary jar from Pottery Barn, with mini-marshmallows.

Apothecary Jar

Marshmallows in an apothecary jar








LOOK at this pretty piece of white coral.  I have this set out in our family room.  I simply Googled “white coral” and, found a store that sells it.  This piece was only $35.00 and, I have displayed it in several different places, including the living room mantel.

White Coral

 Easy trick to update a side table tablecloth in a space.  Simply reverse it!  The cream color lining fabric shows now and, is much lighter than the reverse sage green fabric.   Love it!

Light Table Cloth

 I purchased two ghost chair from Overstock last July.  These chairs were $150 each and, they are very lightweight and, comfortable.

Ghost Chair

 Bookshelf makeover in our family room.  Here is how you do it:  1) Simply remove every item from the shelves.  2) Select a few items that are either white or clear glass.  3) LIMIT the number of items and, always group the items in odd numbers.   Easy, right?

Clutter Free Bookshelf

 Here is an example of layering a pillow on a darker chair.  The cream pillow gives this chair a whole fresh new look.  The pillow is from Target.

Cream Pillow Happily Linking To:

Tidy MomSundae Scoop Party, The Tablescaper, Between Naps on The Porch,

A Turtles Life For me 

  • Holly Dennis

    i love it beth! And so brave of you to have so much white in a house with young ones!

  • Laurel@Ducks in a Row

    Love love love it – especially those ghost chairs!

  • http://http// Vickie

    I am in a decluttering mood too. I am loving your brighter accents. Can’t wait to see all of the finished projects.

  • Elizabeth

    I adore those ghost chairs!

  • Nan

    Love the new site and loge. Way to go!!

  • Maggie

    What great ideas – would have never thought of reversing the tablecloth! With all that in mind, you’ve inspired me to go through the house. Your home is perfect and it feels so clean and bright.

  • Natalie @ A Turtle’s Life for Me

    You have some gorgeous pieces! Love those chairs! Thanks so much for sharing at my party!

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