A Sprinkle of Joanna Gaines
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I am finishing up this post this morning from my hotel room while HGTV plays on the TV in the background. Always the soccer mom, I am in this awesome Hampton Inn and Suites room while my son, Owen, is at a college soccer tryout this weekend. Did I mention I’m in heaven…alone in my hotel room blogging and half watching sad dumpy houses being turned into beautiful remodeled homes. I love the concept of redemption even for a house! 🙂
Home Decor Inspiration
I love taking ideas and inspiration from other places and using that to make my own home a place that is welcoming. I have also realized that my creative process seems to work best in a clean and comfortable space. So for me, that is the goal. I try to avoid a lot of clutter (we seem to bring enough of that on our own, keys, books, shoes, backpacks….ugg). When I am thinking about designing things in my home my goal is becoming: less is more. I am drawn to decorating ideas that have simple clean lines but are inviting and cozy all at the same time.
One of my favorite go to’s for design ideas is HGTV’s hit show, Fixer Upper, maybe I need to say…”was,” since it has now ended. Chip and Joanna Gaines are hilarious, well, mostly Chip is hilarious. Not only do I love their playful back and forth banter but, most of all, I love Joanna’s ability to transform a space into a beautiful environment that makes you want to curl up and stay a while. She often uses a modern farmhouse style with simple clean lines mixed with airy color palettes. Ahhh, feels like home to me.
I am actually not full on farmhouse crazed but do like to mix it in here and there throughout my home. However, do not be overly surprised when you find me living in an ultra modern home in San Diego one day (’cause this happens to be on my dream list). But… for now I am feel’n a touch of farmhouse mixed in with some traditional design. It may have something to do with the fact that I am currently living on a farm. Maybe?
So how excited was I when I saw Joanna Gaines published a new book, Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave. PERFECT and so awesome that this book comes shortly after her Cookbook, Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering. A person can get double inspiration for food and decorating! You just can’t go wrong here people!
I have to also mention how easy it is to pick up a few cute items to add to your home when you shop Hearth & Hand with Magnolia at Target or Amazon. Maybe a little too easy… Shhhh, don’t tell Eric! wink. (like this salt and Pepper shaker and Sugar bowl)
When I have my home clean, organized, and what I think is “pretty” (to each his own in home décor ;)) my creative juices flow. ( I just have to mention, my husband finds that last sentence about creative juices flowing both hilarious and gross, HA HA.) And when my home is clean and organized I feel like I can manage whatever life is throwing at me a little better too.
In her book Joanna talks about “telling your own story” within your home. I absolutely love this. The homes that I have been in that are full of unique items and family pictures that speak about life and love are the homes that are the most inviting.
Joanna’s introductory advice: “…I want you to approach the design of your home with intention, to surround yourself with items that mean something to you, and choose furnishings and details that make you happy or inspired or contented.”
She goes on to say…”Small details resonate with us for a reason, and I encourage you not to ignore them. They are how I learned to create a home that I genuinely loved. One that looked and felt distinct from any other because it looked and felt like us.”
But my favorite part of all is right from the start Joanna states, “Sure, some people have a knack for decorating and design, but here’s the thing: it’s not rocket science. Just like in all of life, you try and fail and then you try again, and eventually you figure out what works for you. So allow yourself the freedom to mess up, or simply change your mind. Go ahead and paint the room a color other then beige. Even if you decide you were too bold and you don’t actually love how it looks, you can repaint it later. It is not the end of the world. You tried, you risked, you learned-and hopefully you had fun with it…Let’s not take ourselves so seriously.”
I have to say this isn’t just good design advice but also good life advice. Take some risks, try something new. It’s okay to not get it perfect the first time- and hopefully you learned something and had some fun. Don’t take yourself so seriously.
How I Implemented What I Learned
So here are some areas of my own home where I added sprinkles of Joanna Gaines inspired decorating. One of those places is a small wall that sits between our little living room and kitchen island. This wall is also the main focal point when you open our front door.
Our whole family often congregates in this open space and it is where I can often be found reading or blogging. So I really wanted this space to be something I found pretty and welcoming all at the same time. Taking Joanna’s advice about making a space that reflects my story I added pictures of the boys when they were young. I hung a sign that reminds me even when I think things aren’t going my way, I have a lot to be thankful for. The glass cake stand holding the pumpkin was a gift from my sweet mom. And wanting to be a little festive the sign and the pumpkin add a few Thanksgiving touches. (The crazy black wreath is a left over from Fall- soon to be switched out for Christmas decor :0 )
Another place I changed up recently was our front door. It was feeling a little drab and I wanted to find a way to “dress it up” but not spend tons of money. I decided on a bench and coat wrack for our guests to hang their coats when entering. I made a little bench by re-purposing a wooden bookshelf that used to be in the boys room and took some antique hooks off an old coat stand that had been my grandparents. I mounted the hooks on a wood board, added some gray stain, and attached it to the wall. It’s relatively simple but helps make our entrance a bit more inviting.
Totally Worth the Purchase
Like Joanna talks about in her book, the goal is to create spaces that tell your story and welcome people in and make them want to stay a while. I would highly recommend her book. It is full of beautiful design concepts and photos of every room in the house. I found the book to be a helpful guide no matter what your preferred decorating style. You will find tips and inspiration for new design elements that you may want to incorporate into your own home to create spaces that will make you want to be a homebody too!
Do you like Joanna Gaines Style? You may want to add these books to your Christmas wish list.
I have also read Chip and Joanna’s Story of how they built their business and their lives in their book, Magnolia Story.
Leave a comment: I would love to hear what design style you prefer or any recent decorating projects you have tackled.