Wednesday, November 11, 2009

What I Have Learned Thus Far

Since I started blogging I have learned a tremendous amount more about design, and creating a fabulous space. I always look to be different from the next in some way, and I see that it is paying off in my own home. We had a gathering the other day, and we received some wonderful compliments on my design.  The lessons that I have learned, now merge with spaces for potential clients that want that TamStyles effect on a doable budget.

So here are my design lessons:


1.) Long gone are the day of buying "living room sets" and "bedroom sets".... BYE BYE, it's been nice

2.) Buying in pieces gives the room more character. Like friends meeting up. Start with a sofa and build from there

3.) Patterns such as IKAT are timeless and look great on a small sofa, chair, and of course on a pillow


4.) If you don't have built in bookcases, buy one and adorn it with fabulous books and things of interest


5.) Stripes on a rug add some jazz where ever it's placed


6.) You cant go wrong with a chandelier as a light source. Instant glam where ever it is added. Kitchen, bathroom, bedroom...no rules

7.) Vintage redone is totally IN. Thrifting is a must

8.) Gray is the new beige. The right Gray though


9.) Black on the wall says your not afraid to take risks. I am working on that now

10.) Having a "milk" piece is essential. They are easy to find, and easy on the wallet if you look in the right place


11.) Trellis is a yes

12.) Chalkboard creations say: "I CAN DO THIS." It's easy to do. The hard part is trying to decide what to paint it on


XOXOX,

Tamara Styles

GET IT GIRL STYLE

24 comments:

Frau said...

All great lessons...for me it's hard to get away from the sets, but as soon as I replace no more matchy.

Lynett said...

Great lessons!!!!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Totally agree with the chandeliers and trellis comments - instant vintage glam!

Dayka said...

Love number 1 and number 6. When I first moved out I made the mistake of buying a bedroom set and dining table with matching chairs, and I hate both now. I just bought 4 chairs for $2.50 to replace at my table and I'm so much happier. It's always better to mix and match!

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Great lessons! Thanks for sharing!

L.Duncan@home23duncanboys said...

I try to tell people this!

Scientific Housewife said...

It has gotten too expensive to buy furniture sets these days. In our bedroom, we bought each piece at separate stores and made sure they matched in color of wood. They look like they belong together :)

Coree said...

Good post! I have commited the crime of matchy sets though. I have no decorating sense, so that is why if they match, I buy it. I just moved into a new house and I am trying to find my style still, so your post has some good ideas!

Sarah - La Jeune Marie said...

I agree with all of these except the trellis print, I think I am over it. You are dead on about the chandeliers though!

Kay* said...

i have a VERY similar post coming up. your lessons learned are great :)

Deanna Jackson said...

Sort of like fashion, where matchy matchy is a no no!!

Moni @ CL Journal said...

Furniture sets are BORING. It says that you want to look like everybody else.

Bedroom sets are the least sexiest things on the planet.

I say the more eclectic the better!

Erika @ BluLabel Bungalow said...

I can't imagine buying a furniture set anymore! I think the only way I would is if I distributed the pieces among different rooms. Great lessons!

micah @ the yellow front door said...

Great post! I am also over the matchy-matchy look. It's a little more work to mix it up (for me), but so worth it!

court. said...

"Like friend meeting up."

You put that perfectly. :)

my favorite and my best said...

indeed.

1x1000 said...

I WISH I could get my BFF to read this post!! She still INSIST on matching her shoes and purse!! LOL!! She says shes "Old Skool" and her red purse WILL match her red pumps!! I'm just happy she'll wear RED pumps!!! O-KAY!

Joi said...

Love this. I agree with all of these!

Raru said...

Great Lessons.
Thanks for sharing.

Raru
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Vanessa said...

Loved your tips on design and home decor. Thanks for following my blog btw!

Kwana said...

Perfect post!

Kara said...

What a great post! Totally agree!

Marissa said...

Number 1, just totally made me rethink my plans. You are so right. Now I've got to go find a good couch because I am too in love with the chairs. Thanks!

Freckles Chick said...

I could not agree w/ you more. Wholeheartedly 100% agree.

I love what you said about piecing togethe furniture -- like "friends meeting up". Love it!