A lot of weddings and home purchases happen at the same time. After move in, we all feel the need to create the perfect space! Designing your first home can be an exciting and overwhelming experience. I’m such a fan of not only having a beautiful space but also creating an environment that is functional and unique to each family.
WORK WITH WHAT YOU HAVE
Furnishing your first home is a big investment and it may not be your perfect vision all at once. It’s all a learning experience and your talent will develop. I can remember painting the entire interior of my first home a very cheerful shade of yellow (which I probably wouldn’t do again) so even my own style and talent has developed over the years. Embrace hand-me-down furniture (and even paint!) and reupholster the items to fit your style. I know a few people who have furnished the majority of their homes with Facebook Marketplace finds. The process can feel somewhat overwhelming, so I always find it easier to work on one room at a time for the best results. Resources like Pinterest and Instagram are so wonderful for providing inspiration!
EMBRACE YOUR STYLE
Trends will come and go so I say embrace your style and “do you”! Experiment with color or stick with neutrals. Today, I love a warm white interior so much that I paint my walls and trim the same shade of white. You know what? It’s all white and yes; it’s going to get dirty, but that won’t stop me! What I’m saying is don’t count your favorite things out because of functionality. If your heart desires it, make it happen! Don’t be afraid to take a risk but instead figure out your style and build on it from there!
Slowly build a collection of quality furniture pieces that will transition with you over the years. Good textiles such as window treatments are a must and can do a lot for a space! When you can invest in custom window treatments and I typically would say hang them as high and wide as possible!
IT TAKES TIME
I feel like the waiting is the hardest part! It takes time to get everything right and now and then you really have to live in the space to know what you need. Now and then the furniture from the old space just doesn’t seem quite right. A new layout often requires new furniture! A fresh coat of paint can do a lot for a space! Paint, hardware and light fixtures are fairly easy upgrades that can create a big difference for a space! Enjoy the experience and know getting your space just right is a process; don’t overthink it and trust everything will look amazing in the end! With time comes experience; appreciate how far you have come!