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Are you… (ahead of)… yourself?

Two minds better then one.

Two minds better then one.

Sometimes, I can get ahead of myself. Has that happened to you? Have you been in deep thought about an idea, something you propose and not sure how it will be perceived by others? What you may not understand about Accentuate Home Styling & Consulting is that we are a different type of interior decorating company. We love to explore various levels of decorating with our clients. When they think they’ve got their idea down pat, we challenge them to try something they’ve never tried before. This is a fabulous way to keep learning about oneself. What could be better than to learn something ‘new’ about yourself?

Home decorating and design is  bringing new ideas and processes of change into a house to make it a ‘home’. Our purpose is to meet with people like yourselves (our clients or would-be clients) to determine where their thinking is regarding what they want and anticipate for any space changes in their home. It is a great time to dig deep into your thoughts, use  as many resources as you have and come up with great ideas. There are many ideas out in the marketplace, and it doesn’t mean they all fit your space as you expect.

  • Here’s where we come in. I have a couple of analogies to share with you. How many times have you decided to try something different for a meal at home? You may have even had it before, but you want a different variation. If you don’t go to a cookbook or ask someone who has cooked it before how they prepared it, you will most likely end up preparing it the same way you always have.
  • Here’s another example for you. What if you have a rash on your hand (or other parts of your body)? You may try to put some sort of salve on it, or at the very least, try to find someone else who has experienced this same malady. But instead, you decide to seek professional help from a doctor to tend to your issue. This is best, because you may spend time applying all sorts of remedies to your problem only to waste time and money in the process. This applies also to the decorating process of your space. There is so much out there in the decorating marketplace. If you’re seeking ‘different’, we may even look into wholesale to expand your variety of products for use in your home.

In addition, not only do we care about you, but about some other folks you may personally know or are acquainted with. They may be elderly and/or in poor health, having to leave their home. We need to talk immediately. Contact us today, and we’ll talk.  Also note, we are excited to work with DIY clients. We want to know what your perception is  for your space. We can add to it, and just think what will come out of this collaboration. Come on, let’s get started.

Two minds better then one.

The point I’m trying to make is defining when you are wasting time and money, rather then working with a professional decorating company such as Accentuate Home Styling & Consulting. We’ll help you step outside of your comfort zone and find other ways of styling your home. 

How much did you pay for your home? I don’t really want to know. It’s just a rhetorical question. My point is don’t deny yourself from making your home what you really want it to be  by not examining the fundamentals of the reason for the changes. Searching magazines,  going to furniture stores and getting many opinions can cause confusion. Keep thinking about who lives in this space is the crux of the matter; it’s the determination of everyone having a piece of their personality included in  your plan.  When a friend, neighbor or relative has their home decorated a certain way, it only means it works for them, but not necessarily for you. Personality is a key ingredient and essential in decorating. Give your imagination a chance to be opened up to the possibilities for your space. For as many people that occupy a common space, it’s important to get input from as many occupants as possible. Let’s try it..together. Please fill in contact sheet and return to us.

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RE-UP (re-decorate. re-model, re-emphasize, re-focus): THE ELEGANCE AND CREATIVITY OF YOUR DECORATING IDEAS

Starting project.

RE.- Up and get ready for a change.

I have a question for you. What ideas do you have  in your mind  about change or outlook for the days ahead? You may agree that changes made to your surroundings can make a difference in how you feel and think (especially if you’re having a stressful time). I will find a project that permits me to expand energy by putting on my creative thinking cap and finding a project  to begin. You can do this with a sense of ease!

  • Pick up pad and pencil and begin writing down exactly what you’re feeling. Once completed, read it over; look for the nearest  opportunity you can find which needs attention. This is your beginning.

Often times, our brain isn’t working to bring the ideas we’re looking for. Our head is thinking my way, and our heart is seeking to go in another direction.  As we think about re-decorating or re-focusing of a particular space, we end up getting more stressed. No need to do that when you work it out with pad and pencil. Make a plan and then work your plan. RE-Up your space. It doesn’t have to be a major project. It could be as simple as adding something from one room to another. Look for things  (you already have) to uplift and create a brightness, cheeriness and enjoyment to your present space.  Your imagination and creative flow is now working together again.  I always think a home decorating project is good and soon any stress you’ve had is gone.  The results start to show themselves to your joy (or dismay). If you are unhappy with the current results, at least you have time to make changes. If you feel your project is going downhill ….what should you do?

  • Do not give up or give in (when project moving in wrong direction).
  • It doesn’t have to be a big project; it could mean replacing one item which will make a difference. Just pick a room and get started.
  • Your project is underway. If you feel you have to spend money to complete your project, be certain to add that into your plans (no surprises).

Creativity is something we all have; some more than others. Don’t be afraid to try something different. I challenge my clients to bring  me some ideas, and along with mine,  we combine them for a magnificent outcome.

This blog wants you to concentrate and urge you to RE-UP. When you hear the word elegant do you cringe or run towards it with great expectations? When people speak about elegance in decorating they usually think … formal.  However, when thinking outside of the box “elegant” relates to a relaxed atmosphere requiring things to have a place,  the right colors and furniture.   Think ….Elegance. What picture is coming to mind? Figure out what you like, and what makes you feel content and peaceful.  What is your decorating style? I like a contemporary look,  a mixture of styles and color  for emphasis and POP.  Are you getting a picture in your mind, yet?  I enjoy how excited client’s become  as we explore all the possibilities available for their project(s). It’s time to RE-UP  and put on your creative thinking cap. Stretching and visualizing the unimaginable often surprises.

Two minds better than one.

As the project gets underway, the imagination fills up with ideas and excitement being developed for your project. Today, more than ever before, we all have  the opportunity to explore creativity, whether it be decorating or some other type of design. Let it be your Originality.  What are you good at? What do you enjoy when it comes to decor or decorating? I RE-UP often, and it keeps me in a creative mode and productive spirit. Understand, no two people are going to have the same talents or ideas;  similar, but not the same.

This is what we do as a company. We help you discover your creative self. How much fun is that? How great to have this opportunity to create something  within your home that is different and unique to you. This is all part of Re-up and exploring your talents. If you think you have no creative ideas, then think again. Then…..Let’s talk.  How do you think most television shows start? They figure out a need or want the viewer would enjoy, and they build on that. When we see results it lights up our creativity button, and we are ready for a project. They have appealed to our creative senses. Imagine discovering something that is “so you” for your own space. How exciting and fun that would be!  Collaborating is good, and we would urge you to discover what you’re decorating talents are. This is where DIY (do-it-yourself) begins. I close now and invite you to put on your RE-Up cap and start the creative juices flowing or contact Accentuate to help you get started. Either way, we wish you GREAT  RE-UP!

Is Your Creative Button Turned On? Be original!

Is your creative switch turned on? You ask, where is it? It’s there and all you have to do is get acquainted with it, if you haven’t already.

Here is an idea to get you started. As I contemplated writing this blog, I thought about my clients and would-be-clients. The thrilling part of my job is to see that they use their creative button often. Let’s get personal and talk about you. You have imagination that I would like to see you put to good use. Consider using it to explore a different way to use the wall space in your home.  Even if you’ve never done a project that causes change in your home, this is one that you can do. I wouldn’t necessarily expect that you would attempt to do other decorative projects or processes, if you didn’t feel comfortable, but this I believe you can do.  I’m suggesting this, because it’s fairly easy and fun. Since I’m always thinking about change, improvement and thinking outside the box, I feel this project will not be too costly, time consuming or labor intensive.

 Sometimes my mind’s eye sees something that I know would work in a particular person’s home, and it doesn’t matter if it’s a single family home or apartment dwelling. It’s ALL ABOUT HOME. This is one of those projects. We strive when decorating to pull it together for a WOW factor no matter how big or small the space.

For this blog,  I’ve decided  to pick up on an idea I wrote about a couple of years ago. The idea, itself, is the same; the difference is the finished product being used. To get to this idea, I’m going to number each item for you. You don’t have to follow the numbers exactly, just the idea to make it your own.

1. Today, I’m interested in making changes to wall space.  The walls cannot be forgotten when decorating a room. It sometimes sets the whole room off in a fabulolus direction, other times it ties in with other furnishings, etc. in the room

2. Maybe, you want to leave the furniture as is or change it around a bit. My focus today, is the wall space.

3. Think art for the wall, and what you may want to see on your wall. Is it something with lots of colors, or a particular object infused into the drawing, etc.? It could be many things. After all, art is in the eye of the beholder. It could be a photograph or……  something you hadn’t thought about hanging on your wall. This idea may be used in any room you decide on. It won’t break the bank, and is really easy, not very time consuming at all. Are you ready? Roll up your sleeves, get ready and pick a room to start with.

4. My idea to save you money is the use of fabric. Yes, fabric.  Think about all the great looking fabric you’ve seen on furniture, in bedding, etc. It could have been on a wall, and you just didn’t know it.  Find a piece of fabric that is beautiful, exhibits life with it colors, joy, happiness, shapes, designs within the fabric, and it gives you a spirit of fun.  It could be one color or an assortment of colors, or a design etched into the fabric. This artwork will be a spotlight in your room and something to talk about.  Make it eye-popping.

5. What’s your favorite color(s)? What else is in the room, and what about your furniture? Will it all work together? You have to use your imagination. Go through some of your things and see the colors that you tend to gravitate to. Check your furniture and the colors that are in it or around it (ie. rug on floor, etc.) Pick a dominate color and use that to coordinate with other colors in your room or if you already are using muted tones, then you may want to use a pattern that is bright, cheery and makes you feel good. Check out what colors you often pick for clothing, what colors is your wall painted now (if at all) and anything else that will help you make a decision about how this fabric should look.  Many people are afraid of using color for fear it will not turn out right. This is why buying a piece of fabric that has colors in it, or subtle colors, will be your personal, created piece of art. Something that you, yourself pulled together and placed on the wall. 

6. Color is so complimentary. Select the colors in your room, make a statement and love your decision (and other’s will too). Before you start, pick a room and then a wall where you will place your new creation.  Once the decision is made, you will apply tape (i.e. masking tape or painters tape) that is easily removed and won’t leave a  residue of glue behind. Be sure to check with the store and read the instructions on the tape, so as not to mess up your walls.  The tape is to be used as a guideline on the wall to show how big or small you want the actual frame should be. Sizing will give you a general idea of how the frame should be for the space it will occupy.  Important: take into consideration the size of your room and furniture.  Once this step is accomplished, step back and get a good impression of whether it will work for that area where you want to place it.  No matter what… it will be original. It is your creative skills that has produced this masterpiece with your name on it.  No one will have exactly what you have (unless they just love your work and choice of colors). After all, this will be a compliment to you.

Fabric has the best patterns, colors, lines, etc. There is so much to pick from. There is something for everyone. Be creative and have fun. Do not be afraid of using colors. As you purchase your fabric, have it mounted so that it is pulled tight over the frame. You can hang it like that, although a bigger frame may go over the whole thing and provide a definitive and complete look to the project.  There, you have original art (you picked the pattern, did all the work, etc.) It’s now your focal point in the room. Enjoy!

I wish you well and would love to hear from you. If you have questions or comments, please let me hear that also. Send photos of the before and after.  I’m sure other’s may be encouraged to try their hand at being An Original Artist and turning their creative button on. Be original.

What Would Your Home Say To You……If It Could Talk?

WHAT WOULD YOUR HOME SAY TO YOU……IF IT COULD TALK?

When I thought of this question, I knew it was something to share. What would your home say to you…..if it could talk?

 It’s talking to you right now, and you’re not listening. We all know houses don’t talk, but they sure give off lots of hints. Maybe, they’re hints we give ourselves.

I’m taking some liberties here and using my imagination to address this issue. I believe it’s a fun question that may involve some straight answers. What would you say if you had to answer this question aloud? Fortunately, you will not have to do that. All you’ll have to do is think about it seriously to know how to alleviate any decorating and organizing issues facing you in your home.

Here are some of the things I think anyone’s home might say to them…..if it could talk.

  • I have been feeling pretty neglected for awhile now.
  • I hear you say some not so nice things about the way I look.
  • I’ve noticed you’re gone a lot, working so hard, and what about all the extra things that must get done in one day? You’re not too happy when you come home, and you definitely do not have time for me.
  • You don’t invite friends over to enjoy me anymore. I used to get so many compliments. Now, hmmm…very little.
  • My style and décor seems outdated, plus I am a little bit frazzled due to the disorganization.
  • You have so many things tucked into my space. I recognize there’s no room for people to really walk or move around. It seems very cluttered; sometime claustrophobic.
  • What did I do to make you not like me anymore?
  • Would it be fair to tell you how much I’d appreciate looking more stylish?
  • I would love to try a new color on my exterior and/or interior walls, maybe even a better looking floor and possibly some new furniture and accessories. I heard you talking about a more modern kitchen and/or bath that would show me off. Sometimes, I get annoyed when you are in the bath with the old lighting, not so great looking shower, and by the way, please keep your clothes on. You’re not as young as you used to be, you know. I know, I know I probably will get nothing now for that remark. Anyway, I am seeking rooms that are bright, cherry and inviting.

I would really stand out and be noticed if my walls could have beautiful colors and décor on them. I can imagine people saying how beautiful I am. I would feel so good, not to mention how happy it would be to see you smile. Then, you’d pay me lots of attention.

This is just a few of my thoughts. I could go on and on. Now, I understand you are very busy. Believe me, I hear all the conversations. There are the many hours at work, running the children to their various school activities, evening meetings, weekend activities with  family/friends. There are rare moments when you have a little time to pay me some attention and then it’s pretty sad for me to hear the things you say.

I am asking you to please FIX ME. You have talked about hiring an interior decorator to spruce me up and make me feel like singing (if I could). I’ve heard talk about a company that focuses on homes like me who feel so neglected. They call themselves Accentuate Home Styling and Consulting. They can make me clean, stand out and be noticed, and yes, they will work diligently and help you set up time and a budget. You probably feel like you cannot afford them. They will help you figure all that out.

 Oh, I can’t wait! I’m getting carried away just thinking how different I would look and feel. I would say words like uplifting, sophisticated, glamorous and organized. Wow, just the sound of such words would show the sun beaming in on me more brightly, the brilliance of the new paint, my new flooring and not to mention the cool look of the room with the ‘just right’ furniture and décor.  Thank you, my lady for taking the time to read what I am feeling. I know everything will be fine now, and what I have to say from that point on will be something that not just you should hear, but it shall be a look that I will display for all to see. I can expect lots of people to come and see me. It’ll be like old times. I will be so well dressed. If only I could talk, things could be different. I can only hope that once you’ve read this, you will at least ask. My Lady of the house, help me feel better, and I know you be happy for me too. Thank you. I love you My Lady of the house and look forward to seeing everyone who lives within my walls come home each night.

Now, you know what I would say to you, if I could really talk. All I can hope for is you will see how sad I am with my bland walls, stuff all over my rooms and nothing inviting for you to truly enjoy when you arrive home. Help me feel better, so you can feel better. Thank you, and I love you.

Note: This is how creative the mind is. When you think beyond just a wall, a floor, a room, there is so much more to discover. Today, your home is wishing for something new and different. It’s all about creativity. Hope to hear from you soon.  Accentuate Home Styling and Consulting – 469-261-0675. Our website is: http://www.accentuatehomestyling.com. From there you can reach us on Facebook and Twitter. Allow your imagination to open up and expand your home into a magnificent place of peace, joy and inspiration. Rita

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