Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Take Care of You!



Good Morning all, let's touch a bit more on mental and physical health this morning. Mind and body are so connected. If your not healthy mentally it will eventually break you down physically. Just like if you are not physically healthy it will surely effect you mentally in a more less than positive way.


We need rest.

We need sleep.

We need exercise.

We need hydration.

There are only but so many viable hours in a day for us and we have got to learn management and balance. We all have goals, dreams and things we want to accomplish but we have to find a healthy medium in order to stay stable in mind, body, and pursuit.

Water, oh my goodness I had to learn and cant stress how important it is to fill your body with water. Over 50% of the human adult body is water. Drinking adequate amounts of water filters out your kidneys and flushes out impurities. In essence water replenishes your body. It helps the maintenance of your body. What we ingest in this day and age is so unlike what people ingested decades back before us. There are so many additives and preservatives involved in the packaging and preserving of food before they hit the market. It is nothing like picking fruits and vegetables on the farm that never hit the processing plants before it get to our tables. We have to watch the sugars, the sodium and the fats. We have to make better choices for our bodies in order to keep them functioning in a healthy state. It can be hard and we will fail sometimes but we have to keep trying and be more consistent and dedicated to keeping our bodies right so we can have the strength and stamina to do the things we need and want to do.

If we don't rest and get sleep we will get burned out quicker and earlier in life. The early we make the decision to live a more healthier lifestyle and discontinue the bad habits we are engaging in the sooner we save our bodies from potential hard consequences as we get up in age. So let's remember a few things. It's never too late to make a change. If you start now you are already a day ahead versus if you were wait til tomorrow or the next day or next month.

We always say about certain things I will get around to it and the next thing you know months and sometimes even years pass before we get it around to it and believe me that time you loose before addressing something squarely makes a big difference and can even be the difference in saving your life in the long run. I am learning more to take to heart the same advice I share with others for the betterment of my health over all mentally and physically. Remember you can't pour from an empty cup.

Peace and Blessings all and have a beautiful day! <3

Saturday, March 26, 2022

CLOSET TO ALCOVE: CREATING A BOOK AND MUSIC NOOK.

  What happens when you run out of space in your home but the ideas keep coming? Well, you find some space and be as creative as you can. I wanted a music corner and a mini reading library. I have a five shelf bookcase in my dinning room but I am using it to display home decor not necessarily books. Every corner of both my downstairs spaces are occupied so I would have to remove something to replace it with whatever structure I would come up with to bring that idea to light. I didn't really want to do that. Idea: Could I assemble one inside of the coat closet in the corner of my living room? Let me think!








I pondered the idea for a whole 5 minutes at the least and then the project began. Three trash bags later full of stuff I did not need, relocating the coats, removing the shelf and sweeping I was ready to paint. The door was removed and I went with black paint inside to marry it with the black accent wall right beside it. I had a 4 tier shelf unit in my hall upstairs. I measured it and it was a perfect fit. I brought it downstairs and slide the unit inside the closet and began decorating. I created a basket wall behind the unit and hung three wicker sunburst mirrors on the side wall next to it. I added some plants in baskets, a few books, accents and albums and my space was complete just like that. I think its the cutest, quaint alcove. Sometimes you have to think inside the box as well as outside. One passing thought and the end results was enough small square footage to accomplish what I set out to create within my home.

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Surround Yourself With What Comforts You!

I was always taught to take pride in my surroundings. "No matter what you have or where you live, keep it clean" my mom would say. I always carried the attitude of taking care of what I had, things don't always come easy, waste not, want not. I still carry this way of thinking being an empty nester. Perhaps that is why I am so particular about and careful with my things. There is nothing wrong with taking a healthy level of pride in your accomplishments but never to the point to where you look down on others or mock them in comparison to yourself. You can create a beautiful space. Remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I always say, "it's not necessarily the size or place where you live, it's what you make of it". You can't always control what is going on outside your door to a large degree but you can on the inside. It is your safe space, your place of personal, private comfort. It is amazing how what you surround yourself with weighs a lot on how you feel mentally and physically. I personally try to fill my spaces with things that make me smile and relax my mind and body being in it. We each have different things that take us to a place of relaxation and tranquility so start there. If plants do this for you fill your space with plants. If its a certain type of music, let it play. If pictures of rivers and oceans do this for you then fill your space with that, etc. I accept that I will more than likely never be a minimalist. Lol... I have learned to stage my spaces as clutter free as I can master it. When my space is in order and clean my mind seems to flow better. I accept that I might have just a tad bit of OCD, lol. I like to keep things in order for the most part and everything in it's place. I might not always pass this test but I try my hardest to. LOL... I like the feeling when I look around the room and everything flows in an artistic way, kind of like looking at a still picture. I know it's more difficult to do this with little ones among you and even pets that are like toddlers in a sense. I have been blessed to come to the part in my life where I have neither, the kids are all grown and out of the house. My fur baby is no longer with me so I just keep the memories of him. I  wont be replacing him. I repeat in saying,  "You don't have to break the bank to style your home. Take your time and build and add as you can. You will have fun in working toward the goal of completely making your space a special place of comfort mentally and physically. The prize is the end results and enjoying the fruit of your labor for days, months and years ahead, Lord willing. Weekends are my favorite, I just sit back, relax, breath in and out grateful for the week behind me and in hope of a new week ahead of me coming to fruition, and also the moments I am in at the present. My comfort zone is here by the Grace and Peace of God and my joy comes from Him in conjunction with the surroundings he has provided and allowing me to exist in, it what it is and I am truly grateful. 

Peace and Blessings,

Sherri

Saturday, March 5, 2022

Many Decorators, Many Styles

 

My decorating styles have changed through the years with Country decor being my first love. I realize that there are a lot of decorators out there with different design styles. In my group "Decorators who Love Interior Design". All are welcome to share their design style be it Country, Farmhouse, Boho, AfroBoho, Primitive, Mid Century Modern, Eclectic, etc. We share and inspire each other. Your home is your happy place and your peace away from the outside world. However you feel comfortable styling it, do it. You don't have to do what everybody else is doing. Create your own style. If you choose to mix styles or stick with one design style do what makes you happy. It is the zone that you will have to look at and live in daily so make it your own and have fun decorating. If you take great joy interior design and are looking for ideas and inspiration in doing so this group is the one for you.

I invite you to join us. Come on in and lets compare and share with one another. I guarantee you it will be fun and full of tips, pictures and ideas on how to enhance or add to your decorating style.

Happy Decorating!

Decorators Who Love Interior Design

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Why Paint? Let me tell you Why.

 Good Morning decorating buddies!!!! Happy Saturday!! As I sit here watching the Winter Olympics eating my breakfast I am giddy about the two furniture transformations that took place this week. I almost can't believe I repainted two large pieces of furniture in one week at my age. Yes, I took breaks in between the drying of coasts but I accomplished it. My mind is recollecting it's thoughts on how I am going to move forward with this decorating journey of mine. I have decided that not only is it too much for me to decorate for every single holiday and event throughout year it it is also too costly. It was fun while it lasted these past five years but I find that it adds up too much in terms of storage. Depending on what type space you have determines how much you can collect in terms of decorating from season to season. I find that it is not even more or less a storage issue as it is in keeping up with all the new styles and trends each year presents. If a line is not drawn somewhere your basement and garage begins to look more like a warehouse. I have chosen a style which I am going to stick to. I am in love with the Afro/Boho look and I am sticking with this the entire year. Now during the reflection of the Resurrection of Christ mid Spring if I want to make a small vignette pertaining to this observance I will but I will not be transforming my entire first floor spaces with nothing but stuff pertaining to certain seasons and events that come up from month to month. For Spring I may add florals in my vases pertaining to this season and put away my pinecones and winter greens. You can add subtle touches without largely transforming your space and you will still know what time of the year it is or what is being celebrated at that particular time. The only holiday you will see a little more than usual is at Christmastime. This will be the only time I transform my space a little more pronounced then the rest of the year. 



AFTER (AFRO/BOHO) (NOW)



BEFORE (FARMHOUSE)


AFTER (NOW)

Now, lets talk about why should we paint. Cost effectively you make out better to just revamp. Long story short, I have to large pieces of furniture in my dinning room. They both originally started out as a cherry/mahogany color. When I was going for more of a farmhouse look in my home in 2019-2021 I painted them white and they fit perfectly that color for the look I was going for. There was no need to trash that piece and search for one in white when I could just put a coat of white paint on the existing pieces. Now in 2022 I am going for a more Afro/Boho look so I painted the two existing pieces black. FYI the color is Tricorn Black and I absolutely love that I invested in this particular shade of black because its beautiful. Now, the same two furniture pieces again fit in perfectly for the chosen theme presently in my home. I am sticking with this style. It is comfortable and pleasing to the eye. I love the colors of black and gold with pops of green from all the foliage I have in both my living and dinning rooms. I have also added wood and iron elements as well. I have a DIY dream catcher that I made last year hanging in my upstairs hallway. Today I am going to attempt to hang my Bamboo Roll up shade that will cover my double windows in the dinning room.


AFTER (AFRO/BOHO) (NOW)



BEFORE (FARMHOUSE)

My motto is, before you go to the stores and spend a bunch of money, shop your house. Check your inventory and find ways to use what you already have. It will save you money that can be put away for other usage. Never confuse your wants with your needs because after all how could we survive if we didn't take care of our basic needs for survival. Material things don't come under the list of things needed to survive. I am not saying there is anything wrong with buying things we want. I am only saying we all have to be good stewards and prioritize when it comes to certain things in life knowing what is more important at the time when using our financial resources. If we budget right we can in conjunction with covering all of our basics be able to afford a want or two every now and then. All things in moderation. You don't have to necessarily have everything you want all at once. Be patient and comparison shop, look for markdowns and throw-ways.

You can thrift store shop with a vision and transform some items you find into items you find in these high end stores. Search YouTube for DIY tutorials. Don't be afraid of trial and error, work at it long enough and you will master it. Remember nothing is perfect. It is what you make it and it doesn't have to be exactly like what somebody else has our makes. Make it your own. I love rare, unique one of a kinds. I like the no two are exactly alike item. Be a trend setter and not necessarily a follower of what everyone else is doing. Even if there are some similarities in comparison to both of your homes there will always be those traces of you that is not found in anybody else's space but yours. Enjoy your weekend, blessings!

Happy Decorating!

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Just For Me

I never take anything for granted. I am truly grateful for the blessings of God. Each morning He wakes me up I am grateful to behold a new day. When many speak of blessings they often refer to monetary and possessions not that to be gifted with things or money is not in some form a blessing. To me the biggest blessings are time, health, and the protection of God. He is our provider so provision is another blessing. God is great and I always say what is for me is for me and what is for somebody else is for them. There is nothing like having a place to come home to or to just live in if you work from home or are retired, etc. Your home is your sanctuary, your haven and your happy place. Home is what you make it. In time with a little planning and elbow grease you can customize your living space just for you.




I like mixing things up in my home and creating an atmosphere that suits my taste and comfort. It's like the eye candy when you go in a corner store trying to make a choice of what  goodies you will be taking home with you to snack on. I love having choices as to how I want to customize my space. I like putting my own special stamp on it that reflects my personality to some degree. Some people stick to one specific design style and some mix and match. As for me no matter which style I choose I want my space to feel as comfortable as possible and be easy on the eyes, my eyes that is. I never decorated to look just like somebody else's space I decorate for it to look like a space I like living in. It may be similar to other spaces you may see in other peoples homes and it may not but it will always have that different edge where you can look at it and say that looks like a Sherri design, lol. It's Wintertime, the weather is cold and we are spending more time indoors where it is warm and safe with all that is going on in the world. Our homes have now become the theater, the concert hall, the diner and the recreational hangout. Bottom line there is no place like home so I say fill it with the things you love and make it a space just for you (and your family if you have one).



I always say work with what you got and find a way to divide it up into multiple areas if you are living in a smaller space. Bookcases, buffets, hutches and area rugs are used in sectioning off spaces in smaller homes. Area rugs are great room anchors. During the winter season its less light because days are shorter so lighting is key in cozying up a space and giving it that warm feel. If you have a home without a built in working fireplace you can purchase a faux fireplace, most of them have heating elements attached to them so you get the ambiance of the fire glowing and the warmth from the heat feature. You can even go as far as having a basket of wood next to it as an extra design element. They sell faux birch logs in the store and online if you don't want a basket of real wood. Pillows and chunky blankets draped on your sofa or on a blanket ladder gives a nice cozy feel to your space. Storage ottomans can house your extra blankets and pillows if you don't want them out all the time but keeps them handy when you want to pull them out and lounge on and under them while watching a movie.


When making a space just for you choose your favorite colors and textures and began searching for the things you wish to see on a daily basis in your living space. Don't forget it's cheaper to buy stuff out of season then in season. It is a true budget friendly way to shop. Check those clearance sections in the stores as well, slightly damaged items are often able to  fix where nobody would have ever known it was flawed to begin with. A cost effective way to shop is to buy pieces in colors that you can use for multiple holidays, seasons and or occasions, like white, black, red, green and gold. It may take some time to get all the elements you need in pulling your entire look together, just be patient, take your time and have fun. Good things come to those who wait, don't rush the process because then you will make mistakes and end up not totally satisfied with the outcome and might have to end up starting all over again which causes frustration and disappointed so just take your time and in the end enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Happy Decorating!

Sherri