I was extremely excited to decorate our new house but I’m also not a particularly patient person, so I really didn’t take my time with it.
I couldn’t bear living in an unfinished space for months and months on end, so I was determined to get it all done as quickly as possible. When spaces are unfinished or I know there’s things about them I will want to change sooner than later, I find it difficult to really enjoy them until it’s complete! We’ve been in this house for three months now and there’s only a couple final details that need sorting out. We still have a few changes, additions and final touches to go, but we’ve made a lot of progress, all things considered! Three months in a house over twice the size of our last one with no family or childcare to help keep our toddler occupied while we sort it all out? I’m proud of us and this place is now really feeling like home!
One of my biggest tips for decorating a room efficiently is creating vision boards.
I always start with one that pulls inspo images of a general vibe I’m drawn to. Then, I hone in on individual inspiration pieces, start sourcing similar furniture options and populate what I find on a new vision board. This helps me see how different pieces will come together to achieve the look I’m after before I buy anything.
I’m going to be doing room by room tours on my YouTube channel over the next couple of months as different spaces of the house get worked on or completed, but before you see it all come to life, I thought it’d be fun to share my inspiration for this house. I had a few different influences for the space and each room really does have its own little personality, so it’s quite an eclectic mashup of our tastes, but we love how it’s coming together. It’s very us!
The living room, kitchen, and dining room is all one big open concept space with views of open fields and our neighbor’s horses, so we wanted to keep it super Joanna Gaines-y modern country farmhouse. The details in the kitchen and fireplace were beautiful that we kinda rolled with what we were working with. We had a fair amount of rich wood pieces in our last house that never really suited our previous space, but fit perfectly in here. When working with dark wood pieces, it’s important to soften them up with cozier pieces and softer textures/fabrications. We also wanted to ensure we maintained enough dark/light balance with the furniture, so we accentuated the incredible natural light the space got. Overall, we just feel so inspired by the rustic environment outside our windows that we wanted to pay homage to that and keep the rustic, cozy vibe going indoors. We also carried this farmhouse inspiration into the guest bedroom, because we felt it’d make for a nice change of pace for our guests, as most would be visiting from major cities!
For my home office, I wanted it to look similar to how I envision I’d like an office to look outside of my home. Because I now work from home full-time, creating separation between my home environment and my work-from-home environment is important to me. I wanted a space that felt both creative and clean. Too much clutter makes it hard to focus, so I was looking for a slightly Scandinavian-inspired minimalistic approach to decor in this space. Something that was modern and feminine, but still slightly industrial and edgy. I knew I was putting our pink velvet couch in the room and wanted to create some depth to the space because all the walls were white and the hardwood was the same basic flooring as throughout the rest of the house. I was super inspired by east coast unfinished/exposed walls and knew I’d have to get creative to recreate something like that!
I love me some midcentury modern style. It really is just the coolest. I find it super inspiring and mesmerizing, because it instantly transports you to another time and place. With that said, I like to be cozy and I like my living space to feels lived in so I don’t love mid-century modern enough to have it all over my home. I find it a bit too uncomfy for a main living space, but when it came time to decorate Bowie’s playroom, I knew that was going to be the perfect style for that space. I’ve always loved midcentury modern playrooms because I find the shapes from that era really lend to a kid-friendly energy. It also allows you to keep things neutral enough in your color palette that the space can age up with your kids but also the freedom to add fun pops of contrast.
If you’ve seen my past blog post or watched my YouTube video, you know we’ve already revealed the home offices that both Josh and I decorated. Make sure you’re subscribed to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss any more of the room reveal and house tour videos I have coming up!!
Shenae Grimes-Beech is an actor and YouTuber with a highly engaged community of like-minded women who are here to stand up for what they believe in and lean into discomfort, especially when it means doing the right thing.