Quick Tips To Makeover Your Family Room

Here are a few quick tips to makeover your family room!

We all get tired of the same look year after year and we hesitate to redecorate because of time and money. What if you could transform the look of your space without spending thousands of dollars and wasting lots of time?

Here are a few quick and inexpensive tips to get your makeover started and it only took one week and $600 in new purchases.

  • First declutter the space. You’d be surprised how quickly your space opens up once unnecessary items have been removed. Once you can breathe again move on to the next step.
  • Figure out what you want your accent color to be. What piece of furniture or art will be your inspiration for the makeover?
  • Add a pop of color by incorporating new pillows and a throw blanket.
  • Decorate with candles, flowers and make your space feel homey and warm by adding new picture frames with current family photos.
  • Organize and redecorate your bookshelf or console table with cute little knickknacks.
  • Decorate your table with a cute inexpensive center piece or a decorated serving tray.

Here are a few pictures from a Los Angeles family room makeover. What space in your home needs a space-lift? Please let me know how I can help you and if you have any questions.

God bless,

Shalena Smith

Add extra color and texture to your room by lining a bookcase.

Add extra color and texture to your room by lining a bookcase.

Declutter and organize. The add a few new accessories.

Declutter and organize. Then add a few new accessories.

Add a simple table center piece and runner.

Add a simple center piece and table runner.

Purchase a serving tray and decorate it for your coffee table or ottoman.

Purchase a serving tray and decorate it for your coffee table or ottoman.

So simple and easy to do. This picture frame added some height to the side table and tied in our color.

So simple and easy to do. This picture frame added some height to the side table and tied in our color.

Spurs up your old sofa with a few new pillow and a throw blanket. Also incorporating your new color.

Spurs up your old sofa with a few new pillow and a throw blanket. Also incorporating your new color.

Organize and declutter giving the space a fresh new look. Plus add a few new frames and photos to update the space.

Organize and declutter giving the space a fresh new look. Plus add a few new frames and photos to update the space.

4 Ways to Take Your Nursery Walls from “Blah” to “Ahh!”

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This is a guest blog post I wrote for Pish Posh Baby Blog that I think you will enjoy. You can apply these same tips to your master bedroom, family room or any space in your home that you want to quickly transform.

Is your nursery or kids space feeling unfinished or boring? Is it lacking warmth and personality? As a celebrity designer, I’m often hired—after someone has already spent thousands of dollars—to come in and makeover a space. If you feel that your nursery or kids room is missing that little something special and you want to turn it from “blah” to “ahh,” the best place to begin is with the walls. Many people feel intimidated by the thought of tackling the walls of any room, but there’s no need to fear. With the right products, tools, and a little know-how, you can make a big difference in your little one’s room no matter what your budget or skill level might be. Here are a few tips that will make you go gaga!

 

  1. 1. Color: Why not add a pop of color to your bare walls? When you walk into your nursery or kids room, what’s the one color that stands out the most? It may be a little blanket that inspires you, a colorful picture frame, or a cute pillow. Pick that one color that will tie in with your favorite nursery accessory and paint your walls to match. Be sure to take that item into the paint store, and they can match it for you. Easy peasy!
  2. 2. Stripes: If your space already has painted walls and you’re still not happy, then go with a striped wall. Pick the most prominent wall in the room that will get the most attention and paint stripes. Use a darker or lighter version of the color that already exists on the wall to create a tone-on-one striped wall. Or find a metallic color paint to fancy it up even more, as seen here. IMG_1034You can hire an experienced designer or painter to do this for you, or there are many great online tutorials that will show you exactly how to paint stripes using a level and high quality painter’s tape.
  3. 3. Decals: Placing an inexpensive personalized decal on the wall can add a custom feel to the nursery. Oftentimes my clients have no idea what to put on the wall above the crib. Decals are fantastic because they are lightweight and do not pose a safety hazard. They’re affordable and removable too. Here is one of my favorite decals: https://gagadesigns-com.3dcartstores.com/Princess-Personalized-Wall-Decal_p_3352.html
  4. 4. Wallpaper: I love that wallpaper has made a fierce comeback over the last few years and has made its way back into nurseries. Depending on your budget, you can wallpaper the entire room or just a single wall. Here is an example: (To purchase wallpaper visit Tempaper.) nursery wallpaper

Transforming the walls of your nursery or kids room takes just a little TLC from you. It’s truly the first step in turning the room from “blah” to “ahh!” In some cases it may also require patience as you shop around and find the perfect pieces that are within your budget. It may be a project that you have to do a little at a time or, if you’re lucky, all at once. Either way, just be patient, you’ll eventually get there. And whatever you do, be sure you enjoy the process!

Have fun!

Shalena Smith

 

Macy’s Distinct Decor with a Purpose!

I love turning the look of a space around or making a moment that much more special with simple decor and accents. It’s even more amazing when you know that what you’re purchasing is making a difference and changing lives. With that being said, I was thrilled when I was asked to collaborate with Macy’s to design a space using their exclusive Heart of Haiti and Rwanda Path to Peace collections. I love that both of these collections are Gifts That Give Hope!

Whether you need a room makeover or hosting an afternoon or evening tea with a friend, this collection has a unique and distinctive look that will definitely turn any space from Blah to AHHHH!!!

Like all my projects, I started off with a design board to select all the pieces that I needed to transform the space.

 

Is there a room in your house that needs a “space-lift”? Here’s an example of a living room that needed my help!

This living room needed more color, texture and more dimension. I knew immediately that I would build the design around the Heart of Haiti Vase with Neutral Floral.

Be creative with this unique collection, I was!!! I used their Tobacco Leaf Placemat as a center piece to add texture to the table and I used their Metal Bowls as candle holders because every space could use candles to create a soothing and peaceful environment. My favorite item in the photo below is the picture frame, which can also be a great Christmas gift this year!

I used the fireplace mantle to display their candle holders and the Heart of Haiti Nesting Trays. The trays made more of a statement to me when I used them as artwork verses flat trays, so think outside the box when purchasing your pieces from the collection.

You can also select inexpensive pieces from this collection to make your afternoon or evening tea more festive, while changing the look of the space at the same time. Below you’ll see how this simple, yet distinctive decor changes both an outdoor and indoor space.

I had so much fun collaborating with Macy’s to transforms these spaces, now it’s your turn! What space do you need to transform in your home and what are some of your favorite pieces from this collection?

I can’t wait to hear from you, contact me and lets decorate!!

Shalena xo

I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with product for this post about Macy’s Heart of Haiti and Rwanda Path to Peace. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.