May 9, 2011



Hope you all had a good weekend! There is perhaps no better way to start out the week than finding ways to let your creativity flow.  It’s so easy in life to get stuck in a rut! Not only when it comes to designing our homes, but in so many areas of our life!  We do the same thing over and over, although we long for new things, it’s easier to do what we know then trying the unknown. So we end up feeling unfulfilled and unchallenged and perhaps bored.  So not only for interiors and design is it good to sometimes shake things up, get out of the comfort zone and really feel life! A new take on something, even the smallest thing, can do wonders….

1. FORGET EVERYTHING YOU LEARNED OR READ ABOUT DESIGN

To be able to expand your views or find your innermost creativity you need to sometimes forget everything you have learned, practiced and studied!   After you thoroughly have allowed yourself to let go of beliefs, think about what you could do. Can the room really be your canvas? You bet! The reason that it’s not, is probably you.

2. BE THE ETERNAL CHILD

Growing up is way over rated!! The imagination we had as kids will never  return, we have to work at it.  How would you create your space if you were just a big kid? A cozy corner? Perhaps something fun just for you?

And the colors…they would probably not be so restricted.

3. MAKE THE ROOM YOU DREAD THE MOST A CHIC HAVEN

How many hours of our lives do we spend doing boring chores? WAY TOO MANY in my opinion! So don’t overlook the laundry room.

Make it a room you enjoy!

4. GIVE THE FLOOR THE STRONGEST VOICE

Allow spaces that we are used to seeing in one way, be something extraordinary. For some reason I think it would be really hard to feel creatively stuck in here.

Still haven’t got enough of Chevron? Paint it on the floor.

5. DON’T LIMIT WHAT YOU LOVE TO IT’S ORIGINAL STATE

Have a fabric or pattern that you love? Paint it on the wall. Talented designer and painter Danika Herrick of Gorgeous Shiny Things painted Shumacher’s Chaing dragon on a clients wall. Genius!!!

Here is is in all it’s glory!

6. SOMETIMES EMPTY SPACES ARE THE BEST

Never underestimate the power of an almost empty white room. You don’t need color or lots of things to create the perfect space. Perhaps this is the kind room that let’s your creativity soar.

7. BEAUTY IS NOT ALWAYS BEAUTIFUL?

Dare to go where no one else has gone, because what is ugly today you’ll probably find extraordinarily beautiful down the road. beauty is an emotional reaction. Expand your own comfort zone for beauty.

Interpret it in your own way.

7. THIS IS YOUR LIFE STARRING YOU -FEEL FREE TO EXPRESS YOUR WEIRD SELF!!

Find what makes you unique. Forget what others think. Create all that is you in to a beautiful space. It’s your home.

Live life as you – not somebody else!

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12 Comments

  • Comment by sherry — May 9, 2011 @ 7:39 am

    I keep seeing pictures of cool laundry rooms…might be time. ugh…..mine sucks.

  • Comment by @DanikaHerrick — May 9, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

    Great words of wisdom Jill, and thats so much for including me!
    xo
    Danika

  • Comment by Stacey — May 9, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

    I love how you always encourage one to express oneself in your advice. One's home should reflect one's personality… Beautiful "outside of the boxes" spaces. Hope you had a superb Mother's Day too! XX

  • Comment by Gretchen O. — May 10, 2011 @ 4:36 am

    The Chaing Mai on the wall is amazing! Hope you had a wonderful Mother's day weekend.

  • Comment by The Decorologist — May 10, 2011 @ 5:04 am

    Fabulous post, Jill! They are OUR homes, afterall – what are we so afraid of???

  • Comment by Danielle@freshquince — May 10, 2011 @ 5:57 am

    So true…love it!!! As my father-in-law always says in thick French accent "You're a bit of weirdo". He says that when I paint something a little crazy and he says it in sweetest way too.

  • Comment by Splendid Willow — May 10, 2011 @ 6:26 am

    That's it! My laundry room needs a makeover – you just convinced me!!! It is the room I dread the most for sure. A happy orange – wouldn't that be something!!!!

    Hej gumman, är stressad som en utter…. Hej och hå… Önskar att du bodde närmare!

    Mon

  • Comment by Gloria — May 10, 2011 @ 7:24 am

    This post is so empowering! There are so many good nuggets in here. I just posted my painted ceiling that I debated for awhile if it would be too bold or "out there". I finally painted it and love how it turned out. Sometimes it pays to take a chance!

  • Comment by Suzanne — May 10, 2011 @ 7:02 pm

    I just love what you have said…plus I love your love for color! I adding it to my home all the time.

  • Comment by A Creative Interor — May 10, 2011 @ 8:49 pm

    I love this post! And, I adore the third picture down from the top. I own a chrome mushroom base coffee table very similar to the one in the picture. I bought while in college (it was a TOTAL splurge in those days!:) Over the years that coffee table was replace and currently resides in the attic. It needs a little TLC. I forgot just how much I loved it and cool that table really is!

    Yes, “A new take on something, even the smallest thing, can do wonders!"

    Thanks so much for the inspiration and and a little "light bulb moment"!

    Katie Flynn

    Acreativeinterior.com

  • Comment by cassie {hi sugarplum — May 13, 2011 @ 7:17 am

    This is incredible advice…as usual!
    and the purple velvet bench is out of control fabulous!!!

  • Comment by bricks-and-cents — May 10, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

    I love the green and yellow floors! By the way, you said you're from Sweden originally – whereabouts? I live in the Skane region myself at the moment!!

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