One of the reasons Ashley and I started this blog was so that I could share my explorations and experiments in interior design with all of you. I know so far it seems like I’m just the music half of this blog, but I promise, there’s more to me than the bands I like! (Or is there?) Yes, there definitely is. Don’t listen to the creepy parenthetical voice.
I have been dabbling in interiors since signing the lease on my first I’m-all-grown-up-and-moving-back-to-LA apartment 4 years ago, and my love for all things interior has grown by leaps and bounds since then. In my last apartment, I painted a salmon/rose/pinkish/orangeish colored stripe down the middle of the living/dining area. It went up one wall, across the ceiling, and down the other wall. And it turned out to be my favorite part about that apartment (I am now obsessed with painting stripes). I took a chance and it paid off, and lemme tell ya, that stripe got more compliments than any other thing I’ve ever done in interior design land.
Someday I’ll post pictures of the stripe, but for now I’m just using it as an example of why NOT to play it safe when it comes to decorating the place that we call home. When we take chances and branch out, taking the time to find elements that we really love, our homes become so much more than just a place to relax and watch TV and do laundry and cook and clean. They become a gathering place, a haven, a welcome destination after being out in the world all day.
As an introvert, my home is my sanctuary, a place where no one demands anything of me and I can recharge and delight in my solitude. And as a lover of pretty places, my home is a chance to express myself and put a little bit of me into my surroundings. The more I’ve had people over, the more I’ve been told that I have a knack for interior design, and the more I’ve been interested in pursuing it as a hobby / side business of sorts. Thus, when a friend asked me to help her decorate her new place, I of course jumped at the chance! Since she’s not moving until the end of summer, I have been amusing myself by dreaming about her future living room and making inspiration boards to help her envision what I’m chattering on about.
Right now she’s digging the second one, especially the grey geometric temp wallpaper from Sherwin Williams’ Easy Change line.
What about you? Would you go with the bold green wallpaper (which is actually fabric – Waverly Lovely Lattice in Jungle), or do you gravitate more towards neutrals like my friend?
P.S. Please forgive my inspiration boards… I don’t have Photoshop, so I used Powerpoint to make them. Not the most conducive program for putting together rooms.
P.P.S. After proofreading my post for me, Ashley decided to buy the watercolor map in the second picture. I might have to do the same.