Do you love your home but have a few things you would like to update?
Want to add some color and comfort to your home but don’t know where to start?
Are you afraid of colors and tones?
Not sure what your overall style is?
Then this is for you!
This week on the podcast, Kathleen and special guest, Brandi Panson talk about having a peaceful atmosphere and lessons learned from a remodel. Below are just a few of the points discussed on the podcast, which you can listen here.
Once you start one project, it’s a domino effect.
Brandi started her home remodel with the intention of “just” redoing the floors. That led to a whole house remodel. One house project almost always leads to another, and once you start, it’s a domino effect. That’s part of why every project takes four times the amount of time you think it will.
There will always be trends.
It’s important to find out what your style is before you move forward with any project. Joanna Gaines ushered in a farmhouse style, but she is also quick to point out that there are many other styles. Trends will come and go, but style lasts forever. Just because something is on-trend doesn’t mean you need to have it in your house.
Figure out what your style is first. Then you will be able to pick out items for your home.
When you find something, you will know immediately whether it will fit in with your style or not.
For more info, check out Joanna Gaine’s book, Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave.
“Gaines sets out six core design styles — farmhouse, modern, rustic, industrial, traditional and boho — then delivers detailed definitions and keywords to help you hone in on the one that best represents you.” – housechronicle.com
Keep true to you! Your home should reflect you and not an HGTV celebrity.
Think with the end in mind.
If you don’t think with the end in mind, you will just end up with chaos. Don’t go on Pinterest until already have a pretty firm idea of what you want. Otherwise, you will begin to experience decision fatigue. If you have the end idea in mind and your style all set, then these decisions will fall into place. It will still take energy, but not as much as it would if you had no end goal.
That’s what Brandi was doing for four or five years — just buying a new couch or picture and contributing to the chaos.
And remember that just because you built it that way doesn’t mean it has to stay that way.
It’s okay to ask for help!
Find someone who is good at design.
Brandi found Karen Jobe, who paints cabinets and has a flair for design. She helped Brandi find her style.
Be okay with thinking outside the box.
- Don’t be afraid to try something new. It’s okay to recycle and reuse something old to have a new look.
- Kathleen painted her old oak floors with Annie Sloan Chalk paint and polyacrylic on top (read more here).
- If your budget is tight, you can do some projects at home.
- Go to vintage shops, antique stores, flea markets, and yard sales. Keep your style and end in mind while you shop.
- Make home decor yourself. If you are afraid to go it alone, find a friend and do them together.
Color Tones matter
I say on the podcast that some friends ask me for advice on colors. We’ve all been in those homes that had different color tones in every room. That used to be me. Even though I laugh about it now, tones were something that scared me. I played around with color a lot. It was bright in my home and not light bright. I messed up a lot, but that’s okay — I learned.
Hundreds of gallons of paint later, I have a feel for what works (most of the time). I’m not the only one who felt this way.
“When Chip and I started taking on projects around Waco, I was new to the world of interior design. At the time choosing the right paint colors seemed to be the scariest decision of an entire renovation.” – Joanna Gaines
“Understanding how colors interact is crucial when you set out to decorate your home. How colors interact, or color harmony will make any room look like it’s posing for a magazine. No matter how tolerant we are, some colors are just not meant to be used together, and they will literally feel like an eye-sore. On the other hand, there are groups of colors that make particularly appealing combinations, and luckily, there are some strict rules governing their selection. It all boils down to a color wheel and the basic color theory.” – visualhunt.com
The right tones create an atmosphere of peace. When your kids have more peace, you’ve hit the mark. We want our home to be beautiful and feel homey at the same time. Paint is a good — and relatively inexpensive — expensive place to start. You may not be able to do a remodel, but you can do something that makes you feel as if you have put your style into your home.
If you need a place to start – Declutter!
Clutter makes me feel anxious. How about you? Fortunately, decluttering is free! It brings peace with only a little sweat equity.
Sometimes we don’t need to do an extensive remodel or even paint. Some days we just need to find the floor. Decluttering is the least expensive (although still labor-intensive) fix. Some of us find that our home becomes beautiful, welcoming, and homey after we simply declutter!
I am Brandi Panson, 40-year-old wife to Paul, Mom to Luke and Maggie, business owner, chaos coordinator, animal lover, aerial enthusiast, and farmhouse fanatic!!
The best way to wrap all those titles up in a fancy bow? I am Brandi Panson… Mom-preneur. Being a mom is my most valued position and comes first in everything I do. 😉
We live in Morgantown, West Virginia in our newly renovated twelve-year-old home. Although we are incredibly busy, we still try to enjoy every moment as much as possible. You can follow me on several platforms: