Cupcakes and Cashmere blogger Emily Schuman has teamed up with Shutterfly to curate a special collection of personalized home décor. Since her start in March 2008, Emily has encouraged others to live a more enjoyable life through the attainable side of fashion, food, beauty, and interior design. Now through this collection available only through Shutterfly, you can accent your home with only a few clicks and a credit card.
In the meantime, as you wait for those orders to arrive, here are some decorating tips from Emily:
Take Advantage of Free Online Layout Resources
If your space doesn’t come with plans, there are some good resources for drawing your own before you start designing your home. As you’re measuring the space, be sure to take into account moldings along the floor, outlet placement, the width of doorways, which way the door opens, and where windows sit, as these factors can dramatically affect the workability of the space. (You also want to be sure that you’ll be able to get your furniture pieces through your door!). Some resources I love: floorplanner.com and roomle.com
Little Moments Can Go a Long Way
You don’t necessarily need to do a full-on remodel or furniture overhaul to make a room feel substantially different. Here are some quick fixes:
- Paint the trim or the ceiling a different color. A simple paint update can make a big difference.
- Organize cords. This is a tedious task, but it’s worth it. A visible tangle of cords can undo all your work in making a room look pulled together.
- Upgrade outlet covers. If your outlet covers are yellowing, cracked, or covered with old paint, it’s time to upgrade.
- Install dimmers. Flattering lighting is everything.
- Swap lampshades. A standard lamp can get a big makeover by swapping out the shade.
Bookshelves Aren’t Just for Books
I like to hang small pieces of art between stacks of books and then add in unexpected objects like a little dinosaur toy to make it more fun. We have a wooden wave that’s actually a kid’s toy, along with various vacation memories, like a Dia de los Muertos diorama from our anniversary trip to Mexico.
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