Hey, everyone! As promised, today I’m going to share a few decorating takeaways from the completed mudroom, which I shared last week as part of Casa Watkin’s New Year New Room Challenge. The process of getting a room from my head to completion gets more and more streamlined each time I do it. Along the way, I’ve figured out a few things that can help you become more decorating-proficient in your own home.
Takeaway #1–Have a Plan
You’ve probably noticed by now that I like to create a mood board for each room I work on. This is helpful for a couple of reasons. First, you can see how everything that’s in your head is going to work together. Second, you won’t lose focus on what the end result is supposed to look like. This keeps the budget on track by curbing the urge to add in unnecessary items. (I’m looking at you, HomeGoods and Target.)
You can either use Polyvore (I explained that in more detail here) or clip and paste your items using photo editing software. I prefer PicMonkey, because I’m basic like that. Speaking of photo editing…
Takeaway #2–A Bad Room Mock-up is Better Than No Bad Room Mock-up
I was scared silly about painting the doors black, but I knew this wasn’t going to work. It looked like the arctic tundra in here.
Good thing I had a poorly edited mock-up I could reference!
The black doors were necessary to balance everything out and break up the vast expanse of white. And in case you’re wondering, “What if the walls were a different color?”, it still would’ve been too much white, since the door and locker would’ve looked nearly identical. Not good. What is good? Bad room mock-ups.
Takeaway #3–Check Your Work
Remember that from math class? The same holds true for projects as you’re working on them. Just because I’ve made a plan doesn’t mean I won’t change course a bit, like flipping around the location of the plant and dog bowls. The rug would’ve been off center had I kept the original plan in place, and you know how that makes me unhinged. (Scroll quickly past this picture if any of this is hitting too close to home.)
Takeaway #4–Be Flexible
There are certain things I had to modify in the room, and being flexible helped me get the finished look I was after even with those changes. The light fixture I originally selected was on back order, the locker had shuttered drawers (nope), and the snake plant I wanted to show you in the room didn’t photograph well–it was way too short in the non-chinoiserie planter (which was scrapped for budget issues).
The good news is, unless you’re a blogger, some of these little hiccups won’t matter to you. You can wait for the light fixture and you can wait for your plants to grow. As for the locker unit, it ticked all of my boxes except for a small cosmetic detail that was easily changed, and I think we all have to be mindful of budget. Being flexible kept me from throwing up my hands and waiting for custom built-ins that aren’t in the near or distant future, and my family now has a mudroom that we all use and enjoy.
Takeaway #5–A Beautiful Space isn’t Effortless
It’s important to keep in mind that having a finished room you can be proud of does require planning and effort. Don’t be fooled when people use the term “effortless style” to describe something–you can bet it’s been thought out on many levels to look like that. #harshtruth I happily admit that I put time and effort into the rooms I create for our home. Do it right the first time and you’ll save time and money in the long run!
Now it’s time to see what the rest of the ladies did for their final post of the New Year New Room Challenge. (You probably thought you’d never get to this part.) Again, much appreciation to both Minted and Lamps Plus for their generous contributions to this project. Thanks for reading and have fun seeing the rest of the finished rooms!
New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge Participants: