Mops Meeting recap for October 2,2014
Jennifer Burggraaf with Count and Castle Interior Design, www.countandcastle.com, spoke about being brave with decorating your home. Jennifer has been an interior designer for 15 years and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from Baylor University. She has experience in teaching interior design and is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers.
Jennifer reminded us that we are all working hard to replicate HIS design and to remember that HE enjoys beauty….
You are the LORD, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.-Nehemiah 9:6
Jennifer explained the four most important steps to consider when decorating a space.
First, define your style. Do you prefer light & bright or dark & cozy? Are you attempting to create a formal space, a casual space, a traditional space, modern or rustic? Also, keep in mind that you don’t have to follow the trends. Jennifer explained that as mom’s we tend to think our style should be put on “hold” as we raise babies. But remember, home is where you will be spending most of your time.
Second, stop shopping and start planning. Be patient and ask yourself when making home purchases, does this match my style? Do I have somewhere to put this? She advises to leave time for finding unique items with character and avoid making hasty decisions. One BIG mistake that Jennifer warns against is to stop decorating for company that is coming over, this can certainly lead to making quick decisions.
Third, proportion is very important. Consider the size of your decor in relation to other items and ceiling height. This will help to keep things in ‘balance’. For example, balance a table with a lamp, or use a balance of color or textures. Emphasize one thing in each room that you LIKE and make that the focal point of the room.
Fourth, create Harmony using a combination of variety and unity. Try to steer clear from a feeling of “cluttered” and “chaotic.” One example is mixing fabrics on your throw pillows starting with the largest pattern first and working down to a smaller scale print.
Lastly, Jennifer warns to be wary of our cultural pressures that say “things” are important and to go buy MORE. She urges us to make a commitment to “order” over “things.”
Have you ever wondered about your little moppet(s) and what keeps them busy while we are getting to know one another, eating a wonderful breakfast and learning more about motherhood? They are staying very busy too learning about “the fruit of the spirit,” making crafts, singinig songs and playing with friends.