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Decorating with a Story

Have you ever had a mental block decorating a room? There are so many options out there and it can be very expensive. What if you decorated around a special event that happened in your life? Or decorated around the memory of someone you loved or missed? Using objects around your life, that bring nostalgia, has sentimental value and can be an inexpensive option; because, you already have those treasures in your home. Just put them out on display!

For me, it was easy to combine pieces and pictures from our destination wedding, my favorite place-the beach, and add in pops of my favorite color-turquoise. I don't follow any strict guidelines when it comes to decorating. If I want to combine coastal with boho and add in some farmhouse finds, I will. My personal aesthetic view of combining everything I love makes me happy. You should decorate a room in a way that makes you happy. Combine textures, colors, themes; whatever you want, as long as you're happy with it. It's your space. Make it YOURS.

Honoring loved ones who are still here or have passed on is always a lovely idea, especially for a collage wall. Do you have a memento for a shadow box? Or maybe a pair of their old glasses to display? As for the hometown love, I was able to get the map coordinates sign from Fancy Flamingo Boutique and the small Paris, KY sign from FarmHouse Finds by shopping locally. Sometimes, the best pieces are right downtown or an advertised small business in your own community!

Lastly, one of the most inexpensive ways to decorate a wall and one of my favorites is a vintage style that I can remember my own mother even doing with a few baskets, when I was a kid. Finding baskets, at Goodwill or Thrift Stores for $2 or $3 and up, is a great way to add character, style, texture, and shape to a boring canvas. Another trick, when on vacation, flip your Marketplace over to your vacation area and see what's selling. You may find a very cool piece, like I did with the basket that came from Pakistan! Now go through your home, think about what's special to you, and create your own wall of memories or a special story.

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