Is That A Rug Or A Rat? – When It’s Time To Re-Do Your Decor

By Phly Jambor | Posted: June 21, 2010

black rodent-lockstockbHave you ever had some one say the following, or anything similar to it?

“EEEEK!…..Oh….Sorry! I thought your rug was trying to eat my purse.”

If so, it’s probably time for a stylistic update for the homestead. Instead of burying the offensive decor item that so offended your guest, set it free (or at least chuck it in the trash) and get a new design outlook that will brighten your life considerably.

Evaluating your style – Is it really all that bad?

You love your home! It is comfortable, cozy and stylish. . . or is it? Like anything else your home needs to be stylistically re-evaluated every so often and it may be crying for a make over, or even make under for that matter! So lets get started in evaluating your home and helping you on your way to having an amazing abode that is perfect for you, and anyone else who happens to drop by! This decision may have been brought on by one of many factors, such as a new baby, you maturing stylistically, someone (spouse, children etc.) taking issue with your style or moving to a new place. Whatever the reason, even idle curiosity at what might be out there, let’s get started with the process.  First and foremost: Does your home actually need a total overhaul? Or just a few design touches here and there? Most people have a couple of fantastic pieces of furniture that they love, but usually no idea what they want to do with them. Others love what they think are total opposites design wise and just give up. The good news, having your home decorated does not mean looking like a page from Elle Decor. If you like that kind of style, awesome! If not, no sweat! Your home is about you, it’s about having a place that is your comfort zone that relaxes you after dealing with the rest of the world. So on the the evaluation!

Signs it’s time to Redecorate:

1.    Are you constantly tripping over things/furniture?
2.    Do you loath/fear/resent coming home at the end of the day?
3.    Have you ever had someone refuse to come inside your home after looking inside the front door?
4.    Does your couch “eat” things?
5.    Have you ever had someone mistake one of your rugs for a dead animal?
6.    Is one of your rugs actually a dead animal?
7.    Do your children and/or spouse go to great lengths to avoid having their friends come over?
8.    Does your flower child aunt, the one who actually attended Woodstock, completely love the decor?
9.    Have you ever had your spouse try to get one of those surprise design shows to come help out with a re-design?
10.  Does your home look like a set from Dracula?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, honey, it’s time! If the answer to several of these questions is yes, then shame on you for waiting so long!

Redecorating and Renewing your home – What do I do now?

First thing on your re-do list, take care of the damaged goods. If anything is broken, worn out or even just plain old ugly, take care of it first. If it is something you love or a family heirloom see if it can be repaired or refurbished, if not then sell it, give it away or cart it to the nearest dumpster. Hanging on to broken or damaged decor items causes clutter and disorder, Keeping broken furniture around is a hazard both to your family and to unsuspecting guests. The second item on your list is to determine your budget. Having a huge budget for a redesign is fantastic, but usually not realistic, and you will find that sometimes even a little budget can go a long way. Consider cleaning, painting and rearranging what you have before you go running to the nearest home decor stores and let a slick talking salesman talk you into a mountain of unnecessary debt. The third and final item on your list is deciding the actual design. Remember that while it may be fun for the first few days to have a full blown tiki lounge in your living room, complete with pool and fake palm trees, that it is neither practical nor easy to keep clean.

As for deciding the actual design process, if your budges allows for a professional decorator then feel free to hire one, just remember that it’s your house and you have to live there. If they are not listening to your wants and needs then fire them, remember that they work for you and not the other way around. If you are like most people and don’t have to means to hire someone to help you and afford the redesign, or if you just want to have the satisfaction of doing this yourself, then there is still a huge array of options open to you. You can check out books from your local library and websites online for design ideas. There are a million and one design shows on television today and watching a few might give you a sense of what design direction you would like to pursue. Just remember not to go overboard and add in everything including a kitchen sink to the room you choose to redo, unless it actually is the kitchen!

Photo courtesy of Microstock Photography

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