I remember walking into our newly built “cookie cutter” house for the first time four years ago (if you want a fun trip down memory lane, here’s my first blog post ever), taking a big whiff of that “new construction” smell, gazing around at all of the blank white walls. And that feeling hit. Overwhelm.
It was exciting! It was a clean slate! It had so many possibilities! And yet, I couldn’t shake those thoughts that came swarming into my head, “Where do I even start? How do I even know what my style is? What if I mess up? What if other people don’t like it?” (I learned later that last question is totally irrelevant. You do you, ‘kay?)
Little by little, room by room, Robert and I figured it out. But it had its share of mess ups, do overs, and costly mistakes that made me wish there was an instruction manual for making our house a home.
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So a couple of weeks ago my suuuuper sweet, talented friend KariAnne Wood from Thistlewood Farms (I could seriously gush for days about her) emailed me telling me about a book she had just published called The DIY Home Planner. And I was all, “Gimme! I want one!”
As soon as it arrived on my doorstep and I skimmed through the pages, I wished so much that this baby had been around back when I felt totally lost, before I ever chose that hideous wall color I had to live with for 3 years, before we ever bought a pricey couch that ended up being a terrible decision, before I ever decorated and undecorated and redecorated a room because it didn’t feel “right”.
There are so many rules and tricks and brilliant ideas in the decorating/design world that I had to learn the hard way time and time again, and I’m still figuring things out even in this new-to-us fixer upper house.
If you aren’t familiar with KariAnne’s home decorating skills, her style is impeccable, and she has the most fun way of writing that makes you feel like you’re just chatting with your best friend over coffee.
So she bundled all of that up in her book.
She teaches about the best ways to lay out a room, how to create a plan so you stick to a budget, how to incorporate a color palette, mix and match fabric patterns, incorporate creative wall treatments, what sizes of chandeliers to put over your tables, what sizes of rugs to put in each type of room, how to style a vignette on your coffee table, every single thing you could ever possibly need to make your home a show stopper is covered.
Four-years-ago-me is jealous.
Every page has beautiful illustrations with diagrams to explain every detail (which I love because I’m very much a visual learner).
There are sections where you can cut out furniture pieces and move them around on a grid to create the best layouts for your rooms. (I feel like all of those years of playing with dollhouses as little girls prepared us for this moment.) And as you read and work through the planner, you can see the vision of your home come to life, the one you always hoped for but could never quite get there.
Right now, The DIY Home Planner is on pre-order on Amazon and will be officially released on March 6th.
If you’ve struggled with finding your stride in decorating your home, I really hope it helps you and gives you as much direction as it gave me. This one’s worth it.
Now that I have a little girl bedroom AND a nursery to decorate, I’m in full-on crazy planning mode. So my pages are already scribbled up. I can’t wait to show you the ideas that are swirling around in my head already. So. much. cuteness!