Richard and I spent Saturday night at our friend's apartment. His building is the the oldest apartment building in Dallas and is chock full of quaint nooks and crannies. My favorite was the 16" book ledge that trimmed the entire dining room. Steve had the shelf filled with interesting books about art, antique decanters, eclectic book ends, and all sorts of other notable curiosities.
In short... Steve was born with the decorating gene.
I was not.
I aspire to live in a cozy home that is well appointed. I dream of nicely displayed art on my walls, well placed furniture, window treatments more imaginative than vertical blinds, and just-right accessories (but not too many. I don't like clutter). They say Libras appreciate aesthetically pleasing things and of me it is true. My problem is my skill set doesn't match my aspirations and rather than do something about it I am paralyzed by my own sense of perfectionism.
Then I met Andrea.
Andrea is an unpretentious, no-nonsense interior decorator who tells it like it is. She spoke at a mom's luncheon I attended about a year ago. The topic had something to do with organizational tips and with every minute she spoke I liked her more. The icing on the cake was at the very end, when in 90 seconds she demystified every life-ling, grandiose belief I had about interior designers.
Frankly, I thought interior designers were only for rich people and we're not rich. I imagined that by calling an interior designer I was entering a covenant from which I could never escape. I thought by letting an interior designer in my house all sorts of expensive products would be thrust upon me and thousands of dollars later I'd be searching for new and creative ways to dodge her phone calls until finally she'd get the hint and cut me loose.
Knowledge is power. Here's what I know now. Andrea charges $85.00 per consultation. She's been to my house twice since last year. Both times I met her at the door with a legal pad full of specific questions and three hours later pictures are hung, furniture is rearranged, wall colors have been selected and suggestions (not high pressure edicts) have been made about future improvements.
Andrea is my friend and maybe by the end of this week she will be yours too. This week - the first full week of April - I thought we would delve into some home improvements. Andrea has supplied me with a short list of decorating tips which I intend to pass along to you this week. Each day we'll tackle a suggestion and see what we have by Friday.
Are you ready for some spring cleaning and home improvements? Have you already started or do you consider guilt-free clutter the silver lining to winter months? Tell us!
Fun announcement: Spring cleaning doesn't, by the way, have to be reserved exclusively for our homes. Sometimes the most rewarding spring cleaning we can do is on our own person. Check out some spring cleaning Katie did this past weekend! Newcomers will be interested in knowing Katie (co-author and loyal reader) has the greatest, curliest, thickest hair. Now it's just 9 inches shorter!!!!!!! It looks great, Katie!
Check back for the next five days when, in a clean sweep, I will present an decorating idea a day!
Signing off until tomorrow...