I love gallery walls and have made that a large part of the e-design part of my business.  Sometimes you just need little fillers for your gallery wall, so I have been collecting free printables on a board on Pinterest.  I thought it would be nice to design my own printables to give away!  Creativity Takes Courage quote printable

Because I have never done this before, I don’t know how to get you a printable version of this other than to send you an e-mail!  If you’ll comment on this post (your e-mail will not be published!), I’ll send you a PDF version of this quote that you can print out.  I’m going to try to make a new printable to give away every Friday.  Do you have a quote or something you’d like to see?  Let me know!  Thanks for visiting Calm and Collected- The Blog!  Please click the “Follow” button in the bottom right corner of your screen for more like this and check out my website, too!

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So this cry for help was put before me today:  “I am moving to a smaller place… 30 years of stuff. I need practical ways to get rid of stuff! HELP!”

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I’ll post my thoughts here, as I’m sure there are lots of people in a similar situation.

First of all, you need to have a plan. If you know where you are going and can get the room measurements you can be a step ahead!  Draw out your new rooms on a piece of graph paper.  You want to try to draw it to scale and make the drawing as big as your room size/graph paper will allow- maybe 4 squares= 1 foot, or 6 squares = 1 foot.  Then draw  out your existing furniture on a seperate piece of graph paper (also to scale) and cut them out.  Then just think of this as a jigsaw puzzle.  Is there a piece of furniture you absolutely must keep?  Put that in first, then try placing the things you’d like to keep and last try to place the items you could keep, but it wouldn’t kill you to part with them.  Arrange and rearrange until you are happy with the arrangement.  Be sure to keep in mind that these pieces of paper represent 3 dimensioanl objects, your bookcase may fit between the sofa and the TV on paper, but it won’t work in your room! LOL!  Not everyone can think in three 3D, if the thought of doing this overwhelms you or gives you a headache consider hiring a Move Management specialist.  Now you know what furniture you are keeping (and you have a map to show your furniture movers!) sell or donate the rest of your furniture.

floor plan

With the “stuff”, it is probably best to ask yourself “What do I really want to keep?” and only keep those things. If you look at each item one at a time and ask yourself, “Do I want to keep this?” too often, the answer will be “yes.” If you can have a level-headed friend help you, that would be good. They can keep you on track by asking you questions like:
–Do you REALLY need that? When is the last time you used it? When will you use it again?
–You don’t NEED that, but do you love it? Will you display it in your new place? If it’s just going to be in a closet, then you don’t need to take it.

I’ve heard it said, that you are more likely to keep an item if you are touching it when asking yourself if you should keep it.  I don’t know if that is actually true, but speaking from my own experience, I think it might be!  If you are doing this with a friend, you might want to let them be the one to touch the items, just in case!

Go through one room at a time; one cabinet, drawer, shelf at a time.

The Characteristics of 6 Popular Design Styles & Where to Buy ThemOften when I am working with clients, they say they like a certain design style.  I always like to make sure that their idea or definition of that style matches up with my idea.  I thought it would be fun to nail down my own definition of some of today’s popular styles and show examples of what I think are some of the defining characteristics.  I’ll also put some links to good places to shop for each style!

1. Bohemian
Bohemian design style examples

To me, Bohemian style is characterized by an eclectic mix of rich textiles with vibrant patterns that might be described as “Southwestern”, “Tribal” or “Moroccan”; flowy fabrics; bold colors.  In Bohemian design or Bohemian Chic, as some say, you’ll see tie dye living with macrame and animal hides.  This is a free spirited, mismatched design style.

Look for Bohemian design elements online at Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters Apartment and World Market.

2. Coastal

Coastal Design Style examples

The characteristics of Coastal style are warm, weathered woods; natural neutral fibers like jute, seagrass and sisal and lots of natural light.  The color palette is mostly grays, blues and beiges, but may include a pop of color (usually just one per room).  This is a casual design style with clean lines. Coastal, to me, is beachy, but a little moodier.

Some great places to find Coastal design elements are Pottery Barn and Pier 1 Imports.

3. Farmhouse

Farmhouse design style examples

I think Farmhouse is the evolution of what was once “country” or “French country”.  It is less kitschy and cluttered.  The base of this design is beige and white.  It’s close to “coastal” if you take the rope and sand of it and put in metal and repurposed old items like baskets, mason jars and old farm tools.  Farmhouse is painted kitchen cabinets (mostly white), Shiplap walls (Hello, Joanna Gaines!) distressed woods and barn doors.

Good places to look for Farmhouse Decor are Birch Lane, Pottery Barn, and the slightly more pricey Arhaus.

4. Industrial/Urban

Industrial Design Style examples

Industrial/Urban design is probably my favorite!  Think high ceilings and open floor plans since this design style is often found in city lofts and converted warehouses and manufacturing plants.  It is bare bones (exposed brick, concrete, steel) often with a hit of something softer or more elegant.  It is both organic and utilitarian.  The basic palette is gray and metal with salvaged accents.

Look for Industrial/ Urban design elements at West Elm, CB2, and the higher priced Restoration Hardware.

5. Mid-Century Modern

Mid-Century Modern design examples

Mid-Century Modern design is a call-back to the designs of the middle of the 20th century, roughly the mid 40’s to the mid 70’s. Think Brady Bunch or Mad Men. Mid-Century is when we really began to see mass produced furniture made from plywood, molded plastic and aluminum with straight , clean lines and no ornamentation.  The Mid-Century palette was pretty much natural woods paired with bright bold colors: orange, avocado, turquoise, gold and strong, graphic patterns. Mid-Century Modern is a combination of any of these Mid-Century elements mixed with some elements from today- any elements from any of these other design styles.  Without the addition of current elements you just have Mid-Century and that can look dated.

Great places to find Mid-Century Modern pieces would, of course, be flea markets and vintage stores or online at West Elm, DWR, Design Public.

6. Scandinavian

Scandinavian design style examples

Scandinavian design is extremely close to Mid-Century Modern since this minimalist, simple style that focused on functionality emerged in the mid 20th century.  I think of white and gray as the basis for this style layered with natural elements and maybe some pops of color.  This style is cozy and has lots of natural light with white or light window treatments (a necessity for long Nordic winters with short days).

It will not surprise you to hear that the best source for Scandinavian design is Ikea.

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