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5 Lessons We Can Learn From Chip and Joanna Gaines

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When it comes to home decorating shows, HGTV’s show, Fixer Upper, is one of my favorites. If you aren’t familiar with it, the show stars a funny and talented husband and wife team, Chip and Joanna Gaines, who go around Waco, Texas, turning the most rundown houses into beautiful dream homes. In addition to the show, the Gaines duo has created Magnolia, a multifaceted company that includes Magnolia Homes and the insanely popular Magnolia Market.

Every time I watch an episodeIt seems like I take away something new each time I watch an episode. Between Chip’s skillful handiwork and Joanna’s creative insight, there’s always something to learn. Here are 5 of those lessons I think are familiar to anyone who regularly follows the work of this adorable pair.

1. Your design skills may take some time to develop.

Did you know that Joanna’s degree is in Communications and not Interior Design? It wasn’t until she was interning in New York that design caught her attention. Chip already had experience in flipping houses but Joanna just sort of “fell into” the design side of it. She has admitted that those early days involved a lot of experimenting–but over time, her design style and technique became more refined. Her passion, paired with Chip’s experience, gave birth to a team that produces beautiful results with ease. The bottom line: keep working at it. Eventually, you’ll get the hang of it.

2. If your passion for design runs deep, take the leap!

Everyone has their own personal list of priorities–and sometimes, those priorities may seem to have such a firm grip on us that we’re scared to try something new. I’m not saying to quit your day job or shirk your responsibilities, but if you have the creativity and the passion for design, don’t be afraid to act on it. Even Joanna started struggled with finding her purpose. Her idea for Magnolia Market happened right around the time she and Chip started a family. After a hiatus to spend time embracing motherhood, she reopened the shop. With hard work, she was able to create balance in her life, so she could reap the rewards of both business and family. You probably can, too.

3. Look for the diamond in the rough.

I don’t know about you, but I struggle with this one. While watching an episode of Fixer Upper, I shake my head in disbelief, thinking they’re crazy for taking certain projects on. And as always, I find myself shaking my head in disbelief once again, because I was proven wrong. Chip and Joanna have proven time and time again that even the most dilapidated houses can be transformed into a thing of beauty. It takes vision, that’s for sure. Use your imagination and look for the potential. You’d be amazed what results you can turn out.

4. Personal creative passions and family life can be bridged.

Joanna wears a lot of hats. In addition to being a mom, she is constantly busy with projects–but she’s mastered the balance between the two. That has to be your ultimate goal. Don’t choose between the things you love, work hard to bridge the two. When you get the hang of it, you and your family will find happiness.

5. Getting your spouse (or someone close to you) involved can be a great thing.

Chip and Joanna have beautiful chemistry even though they are complete opposites. You can see that they feed off of each other’s strengths to produce beautiful results. Get your spouse (a family member, your kids, or a close friend) involved in your project. It’s almost a guarantee that the end result will be more rewarding because you did the job together. Not only can it be a fun time with your significant other, you’ll end up with a home you can both truly enjoy.

Get started on your modern farmhouse by adding some of Joanna’s pillows and rugs to your home.

5 Secrets for Decorating A Kid’s Room Fit for All Ages and Stages

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It’s no secret that kids grow up fast–and at times, it feels almost impossible to keep up. While you can’t control every aspect of their growth, you can have a hand in designing a room that will easily transition each time they reach a new stage in life. Just as stages come and go, so do trends–and kids are notorious for changing their interests on a whim. While these ever-changing tastes can be fun, when it comes to decorating, they can be exhausting, not to mention expensive. Here we’ll cover some ways you can keep their room flexible for growth without taking away their self-expression.

Invest in Timeless Furniture

There’s no simple way of putting this: baby stores suck you in. Just walk into a store like Babies R Us and you’ll find yourself oohing and aahing over all the baby-sized furniture. There’s no denying that it’s cute, but most of what they carry lacks a very important thing: longevity. Instead of getting something specifically designed for a nursery, opt for a piece that can be used for several years to come. For example, skip the child-sized dresser and buy one that can carry them at least into their teen, if not young adult, years. If your child is moving into a twin bed, consider a double bed instead, if there’s room. Not only will it give your child more room, it will accommodate more sleeping arrangements for visiting guests.

When Possible, Choose Multifunctional Furniture

Multifunctional furniture can be your friend–especially if you have young children. Instead of a standard changing table, consider putting a changing pad on top of a desk or dresser. Once they’re out of diapers, they have a ready-made workspace or a place with ample clothes storage. If you’re bed shopping, consider one that comes with built-in storage underneath. This will come in handy for toys, books, clothes, or anything else that threatens to take up much-needed space within the room.

Go Neutral With Items that Cost More

There are certain areas that need to withstand the test of time–no matter what part of the house you’re decorating. Floor coverings, furniture, and paint colors are three biggies to focus on. While there’s nothing wrong with color, tread carefully. If you’re incorporating color based on a trend, you may consider it a mistake sooner than you’d like. If your child claims a particular color as their favorite, that’s great–just opt for a subdued version of it if it verges on too bold or bright.

Use Accessories for Self-Expression

This is a child’s room, so it’s highly important that it looks as though a child inhabits the space. An easy way to do this is with accessories. This is where their personality can really shine through. Rugs, throw pillows, knickknacks, wall art–this is their time to express who they are. Accessories are a much easier, and less expensive way, to keep up with their ever-changing interests.

Get Your Child Involved

Your child will be in this space for a very long time, so it’s critical that he or she feel completely at home in the space. Ask for their input and assure them that their opinion is valued–even when it comes to other areas of the house (within reason, of course). The more they are involved, the more likely they are to care for their room throughout the years. Keep an open mind but remind them that big changes aren’t necessarily in the budget. Hopefully, these tips will help save your family time, money, and frustration, so you can have a lot more fun.

 

Decorating 101: Choosing Your Colors

 

Color. We see it every day at every turn we take. We know what we like and what we don’t like, yet choosing colors for our home seems nearly impossible at times. Understandably so, considering there are a number of factors to keep in mind when making a decision. Let’s take a look at what some of those factors are and try to simplify the process of choosing your colors.

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Keep in mind that the colors you love aren’t necessarily ideal for your decorating project. Ultimately, your goal is to create a certain mood. If your favorite colors don’t convey that mood you should save them for another space or use them in small doses.

Find inspiration in everything around you

For inspiration, look around you. Does the landscape outside your window inspire you? How about the colors on the clothes in your closet? Do you have a favorite vacation spot you really enjoy the beauty of? Is there something you already own, such as a rug, that can serve as a jumping off point? If you have a binder of magazine clippings or a Pinterest board of decorating ideas, is there a common color scheme? Observe your surroundings and take note of what speaks to you most.

Use trends wisely

Once you have chosen some colors, it’s time to start thinking about where to use them. In this stage of the process, you need to take your comfort level, as well as your budget, into consideration. Beware of trends.  If you really like the color and have no qualms about it going out of style, go for it. Or if you don’t care for a trendy color, it’s okay to go with something classic because it won’t go out of style (and there are plenty of classic color options).  A safe move is keeping those trendy colors reserved for small items like accent pillows, throws, and other accessories that are less costly to replace when a new trendy color comes along.

Be creative but smart with your color selection

Don’t limit yourself to a single color palette for the whole house. There’s no harm in changing colors from room to room as long as you maintain a consistent feeling throughout the home.

When it comes to paint, save it for last. It is much easier to mix up some paint to match your fabrics and rugs than it is to decorate around a paint color.

If all else fails, ask for help.  Picking colors can be an exciting and invigorating experience.  There are so many “right” ways to pick colors.  As long as you start with a plan and find a fabric store near you, like Cutting Corners (shameless plug!), you’ll find what you’re looking for.