My dear friend Rory Gruler is an uber stylish and fabulous home decorator. I first met Rory when we were living in Key West in our twenties- being young and carefree and it was a beautiful time to be living in paradise! We became friends almost immediately and I have always admired her amazing style. Over a decade and many moves later, we have come to a very different stage in both of our lives! Since she just launched her own blog which chronicles her relocation from Charleston, SC, to Augusta, GA, I asked her to guest blog about her 10 house rules that she styles by! Check it out.....
""In less than a year, I have built a house, sold a house, bought a house and moved to Augusta, GA from Charleston, SC. While I have always loved to decorate (in fact, I used to rearrange my play room as a child so it “flowed” better), the past year has made me more of a house expert and has catapulted my love for design and space into something bigger. In my quest to create the perfect home for myself and my husband, I have acquired certain rules that I follow. Below are 10 of them.
1. Color is your friend
When you enter my house, the first thing you notice is color. I prefer brights oranges and yellows, deep blues and rich reds. You will also notice that all of these colors are mostly accent pieces, this is explained in rule number 2.
2. Spend money on your couch
This is where you sit, where you watch tv, where you entertain, where you accidentally nap. Spend money on it. Also, in regards to rule number 1, buy a neutral couch. You might be obsessed with turquoise today, but hate in a year, so this is why you use your pops of color with accent pieces that can be changed easily.
3. Cohesive details
In our new house, that was actually built in 1929 - so not really new, all of the light fixtures, switch plates, and knobs where different. Take a trip to Lowes/HD/Etc, go to the decorative aisle and make it all match. It will make a huge difference.
4. Dried Flowers
After reading a book about Feng Shui over a decade ago, I have followed many of the rules. One of them is that dried flowers are bad luck. I do not follow this rule. How could I ever NOT have my dried wedding bouquet on display. I don’t care if brings my home bad Chi, marrying my husband was one of the best moments of my life, I enjoy that daily reminder of the dried bouquet that lives in the sun room.
Speaking of husbands… We have lived in 3 homes together in the 5 plus years that we have been together. He has always let me take the lead on decorating, even though he sometimes has strong opinions. Here is my trick… When decorating, don’t ask you significant other what he loves, ask him what he HATES. I took my husband to Lowes before I bought new lighting fixtures. With our heads facing up glaring at the hundreds of lights and fans, I sweetly said, “Honey, which one these do you hate?” He started pointing and I made mental notes. If I had asked him what he liked, he would have become flustered and/or too opinionated. But he was easily able to articulate to me exactly what he hated. I firmly believe that people know what they don’t like, more than what they like.
6. Buy a Roomba
Having a dog that sheds is no bueno. Get in your car, drive to your local hardware store and purchase one immediately. Set it to run daily and your life will be changed. It is the best purchase I have ever made. Also, once we bought our roomba, we made sure that all other furniture purchases were once that were elevated or had legs so that roomba could easily vacuum under these items.
7. Do not store anything under your bed
When the husband and I moved from our rental to our first home, I was utterly and completely embarrassed when the movers lifted our bed. I had tupperware boxes of clothes and piles of magazines and enough dog hair to make at least 5 new dogs. Even though we had a roomba in that house, because of all of the clutter under the bed it never got vacuumed, meaning we had been sleeping over pounds of dog hair for 2 years. It was disgusting. Remember your bed is where you sleep and hopefully have sex with your significant other. Do you really want these activities to take place over a mound of dog hair and filth?
Do not spend a ton of money on trends. When chevron started showing up everywhere, I was obsessed, but I remembered that this trend could be overused and it is. Instead, I sewed chevron pillows and curtains. I didn’t buy any major pieces with chevron. I still love my chevron and use it sparingly now, but I am so glad I didn’t buy a chevron couch or paint a chevron wall.
After I decorated our first home, the husband said, “We sure do have a lot of photos of ourselves, don’t we look vain?” The answer is no, we do not look vain. My house is filled with framed photos of memories of our wedding, friend’s weddings, our family, our dog, basically our life. It is nice to walk through my home and see moments of happiness.
10. Build a space for a life you want, maybe not the life you currently have
My husband and I do not have children, but we want to have them one day. We have a room that is already the nursery. It’s not a crazy, scary, designed nursery with a fake baby doll that I pretend is real… It’s just a room that we know we will use as a nursery one day.
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