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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

5 Decorating Mantras To Live By


all time fav9 living room
I recently saw something on Pinterest that I thought I should share here on my blog.  Personally I think it is great advice and something we can all do for ourselves in our homes….


Lets take a look at each of these suggestions individually…..

1. The closer something is to your body the better it should be.

Sheets, Towels, Throws
I am a firm believer in this mantra. In fact I think I might be a bit of a snob when it comes to sheets and towels.

I don’t pay top dollar for either one. Try to wait until they are on sale. Every couple of years I replenish my towels when Neiman Marcus has their PINK sale.

white towels

Now don’t shut me out, just because you don’t think you can afford Neiman Marcus. 

Would you believe I get good quality, monogrammed towels for $12-15 each? 

If you have ever had anything monogrammed it is at least $6 a piece so this is a great deal.

Neimans towels

Homegoods is also a good resource for finding good quality towels for good prices. I like Ralph Lauren, Charisma and Sferra. 

So keep your eyes open when shopping. I always get all white towels. There is nothing prettier to me than a stack of fluffy white towels.

2. Surround yourself with quality not clutter.

This is near and dear to my heart, and I am a firm believer in not having clutter in my home.

One of my own personal mantras for decorating a home is……
 “Less is more and Big is better!”

I know that there are two camps when it comes to this one, but I have to stress how important it is  to not have clutter in your home, in order to make your home a peaceful place.

Clutter= Chaos

If you have a table full of items that are not of the same type, which one item do you see? 

The answer is, none. What your eye will pick up is visual clutter if there are too many pieces. Try to limit yourself to 3 pieces unless it is a display of a collection of like items.


Remember the eye needs a place to rest in a room or in an area like a table top.

If you see something you really love at the store, stop and think for a moment where do you want to put this, where will it’s beauty be appreciated the most.

Buy one quality piece instead of ten inexpensive pieces that will just add to the visual clutter.

3. Every room needs something living, flowers, 
    goldfish, or a pet, and I would add plants. 

This is such an easy addition to your home as far as plants and flowers go. I purchase flowers weekly at my grocery store for under $10.

vignette striped pitcher

If I have not gone to the store, I will go out in my yard and clip some greenery off of one of my plants. This cost me nothing but a little time and attention to detail.

I have a small vase on my guest bath vanity that I put greenery or a small bouquet of flowers.

vignette yellow freesia
The kitchen window sill is another pleasant little spot to view some life of greenery or flowers.

vignette daffodils 1

Try it, I promise you will like it!!

4. Honor the acts of daily living and make it beautiful.
This one made me think a bit. We all have certain habits in our families, whether good or bad they are habits that never seem to change.

For instance if you find that your family always clutters up an area with backpacks. Make a spot with hooks that will look uncluttered and organized.

Do you have trouble with paperwork/mail? Use a basket to gather it up in.

storage for mail

How about keys and cell phones? Are these a reoccurring problem? Then find a spot and a container to hold them.

storage for cell phone


storage for keys

In other words, instead of trying to change habits and complaining about them, look for beautiful solutions.

5. Life should sparkle, every house should have some ……

Think of elements in your home that can sparkle!

I have faucets on my mind because I just got a new polished nickel faucet for my kitchen. Trust me it sparkles.


Clean glass can sparkle too! Clean those windows until they sparkle!

If you have silver, polish it up until it sparkles.

Crystal vases look so beautiful when they sparkle.

Look around at your home and see what could use some buffing up a bit so it sparkles.

All of the above suggestions can be done by anyone.

It does not take a lot of money, it just takes some caring, attention to detail, and effort on our part.

Instead of looking at your homes problems and dwelling on them, look for….. 


What will you do in your home to make it a place you love living in?



Cheryl said...

This is such a great post!!! I love spring and there are so many great tips here!!

Sue said...

I love this Kathysue! I think for #4 I think back to one of my favorite books, Living a Beautiful Life by Alexandra Stoddard, where she shares her ideas for daily living ~ using nice bath products, drinking your water out of a pretty glass, using your nice things for your everyday life. Something I am always striving to do in my daily life.
{working on that pesky clutter in #2 ~ it's so true}

Barbara said...

Love this post. I am presently de-cluttering & trying to be more mindful of what I buy. I'm going to try & replace all my small items with bigger ones. Like you Kathysue I've been married almost 48 years so I've accumulated a lot of gifts that are meaningful so it's hard not to display them. I welcome your advice.

Barbara said...

Love this post. I have been married a long time (48 yrs) & I have accumulated many meaningful gifts, it's hard not to display them. Any advice on how to display my treasures. I have managed to stop myself buying souvenirs from places we visit. However my china dish from Paris & my Waterford crystal from Ireland do bring back lovely memories. I probably need to dispose of the Homesense (Homegoods USA) stuff & just keep the more personal items. I always have fresh flowers, they complete a room for me.

Barbara said...

Sorry about the double post; I thought I had lost the first one.

stephanie at Stephanie Kraus Designs said...

what great reminders kathysue and a wonderful way to break it all down!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Excellent, great tips. Great!

Preppy Empty Nester said...

Wonderful post, Kathysue. Love these guidelines and so true. Sent your link to 2 of my friends!

Merlin said...

Hah! I'm a HUGE #5...right now I have rainbows...everywhere...just for a "fleeting" moment there is a pot of gold...somewhere over there. franki

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Great post Kathysue...one of my favorite tips is your eye needs a resting place...so true!

Sharon @ mrshinesclass said...

I love this post, Kathysue! It's full of wise, thoughtful, practical and affordable advice.

You told me about buying towels on sale at Neiman Marcus about a year or so ago and i have appreciated that advice ever since.

Thank you for your generosity in sharing your gift and talent in the good life of design. xo