Even if your house or apartment is already furnished, as you think about these secrets to finding your personal decorating style, you may experience your surroundings with a raised awareness. As I have said in prior posts, rooms are not still lifes; and the best of them, like life itself, continue to grow and change as we do. You will always be working and reworking, adding, adapting, rearranging, until a room is transformed.
You don’t have to do an entire makeover in order to bring some new creative energy and vitality into your living spaces. Little touches as you go along will bring you great satisfaction. A writer friend once told me, “You can’t write Chapter two until you’ve lived and written Chapter one. I like this image of living your lives in chapters. It reminds us that change, as well as continuity, is natural to our lives.
Embrace all opportunities to upgrade your rooms as you go along, and don’t be afraid to recognize that you want to, and can, make things better. Throughout your life, as family dynamics change, your rooms can, too. A new beginning could be when a child goes off to college or when you invest in a new home. Perhaps you’re planning an addition, a renovation, or you’re moving to a new home. Whether its re-painting, or redecorating, everything you do to your home will improve it, fine-tune it, and bring you into closer harmony with the person you are now.
Rearranging objects, moving furniture around, hanging new artwork, replacing a piece of furniture, having a party, moving out, upgrading your furnishings, packing, unpacking, putting things up, making space for new beginnings are all part of the empowering process of life. You will feel exhilaration and joy in continuing to dream—and in the replenishment that is the essence and satisfaction of making your dreams real.