Month: August 2017

Following Decorating Trends: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Decorating trends.  We’ve all been sucked into following them at some point or another.  Is that a bad thing?  No, not necessarily!  And let’s be honest, when we’re bombarded with images showing a particular decorating style or design, over time, it’s hard not to be sucked in…even just a little bit!  So, should you follow the trends?  Should you skip them altogether?  How can you follow a trend in an affordable way?  To get these answers, let’s take a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of following trends.

How to affordably follow decorating trends



What is a Trend?

Essentially, a trend is anything that is popular at the time.  This could be a particular color or color palette, a decorating style, a wall treatment {i.e. wallpaper, sponge paint, shiplap}, a stone {i.e. granite, travertine, marble}, a metal, a pattern, and many other things!

At the time of this post, some of the current home decorating trends include:

  • Farmhouse decor
  • Shiplap walls
  • White or off-white walls
  • Marble {and also faux marble substitutes}
  • Wallpaper
  • Gold and copper accents
  • Open shelving



The Good

One of the benefits to following decorating trends is that because they’re popular, these items are readily available at stores, both brick-and-mortar and online.  Right now, it seems everywhere I turn, I see Farmhouse finds.  Shopping for trendy items is easy because you can find them everywhere and as a bonus, the style becomes so popular that less expensive alternatives are made, making these items more affordable to the masses.

Another benefit is that following the trends keeps your home looking up-to-date and fashionable.  In this respect, following decorating trends is really the same as following fashion trends.  If you want your home to feel fresh and stylish, keep up with the trends.

Also, following trends gives you exposure to things you might not have otherwise considered.  {Be honest.  Did you ever consider tobacco baskets before Farmhouse style became popular?}  As you bring these items into your home, you start to create an eclectic, curated look, as your trendy items mix with your old favorites.

{via Rachel Whyte for HGTV}


The Bad

A trend is exactly as its name implies and what is trendy now, will eventually look outdated when another trend takes its place.  This is in the Bad category because you’ll have to update your decor as trends change if you want to keep up with the times, and that costs money.

I have a Tuscan kitchen which was very popular in the early 2000’s, but is now starting to look a bit dated.  {Boo hoo for me!  I wish that meant there was a remodel in my future! Lol! But truthfully, as long as I still like the look, I’m not too concerned about whether this trend is in or out.}

Farmhouse kitchen white cabinets, travertine and granite.


Also, trends don’t always jive with the style of a house, and if you choose to follow a decorating trend that is incongruous with your home, it can sometimes just look “wrong” or feel a bit “off”.

All trends start to look outdated over time, but only the special few become what is known as The Ugly…


The Ugly

Every trend brings with it as least one thing that years later, we all look back and wonder, “WHAT WERE WE THINKING?”  I think this every time I see photos of avocado shag carpet and harvest gold and orange accents.   That color combination just screams ’70s, doesn’t it?!

Avocado green and harvest gold bedroom
{via Elle Decor}


And does anyone remember this look?

1950s Pink tile bathroom
{via Lindsay and Drew. And FYI she PAINTED this tile and it looks like a whole new bathroom! Click to see!}


Pink bathrooms were so IN in the ’50s!  While these styles might look outdated to us now, at the time, they looked great, right?!

Not all trends end up in this category, this is really reserved for the few that end up representing an era, and therefore, automatically look outdated.  And as an aside, I find myself in this category a lot when it comes to my hair styles, especially the ones I wore in the late ’80s and early ’90s!  Anyone else look back at photos of themselves and wonder, “What was I thinking?!”


So what does all of this mean?

As always, you should decorate with things you love, so if that means following the trends, then go for it!  If it means skipping a few or even all of them, that’s okay, too! Your home should be a reflection of you and your family, so embrace whatever style of decorating best suits you, even if that means sticking with something that looks outdated to others {yes, even if it falls into the above category}.


How to Follow Trends on a Budget

Most of us can’t remodel entire rooms once they start looking outdated, so here are a couple of tips if you want to follow trends in an affordable way.

To extend the longevity of a trend, try to pick elements of the trend that historically, have shown they have some staying power.  Examples of these elements include natural materials {i.e. wood, stone}, natural textures, and millwork.  With the Farmhouse trend, for example, maybe you skip the shiplap walls but add baskets and natural wooden objects to your decor that you can incorporate into a different style as trends change.  If painting your walls isn’t in your budget but you want to add more white to your home, consider decorative pillows, area rugs and throws to add a bit of Farmhouse white without painting.  And as for the current wallpaper trend, there are also great options for removable wallpaper {you can see how I used it HERE}, which would allow you to follow the trend without damaging your walls should you want to remove it later.

Lastly, as a general rule, walls, floors and furnishings are often big-ticket items, so you might want to skip color trends in these areas and opt for a neutral palette.  Then, as the color-du-jour changes from year to year, you can incorporate it through the use of smaller items that are less expensive to change out.

Remember, you don’t have to follow a trend 100% in order to incorporate it into your home.  Instead, consider choosing the items and elements that you love and that fit within your budget.




What current trends are you following?








DIY Ribbon Memo Board

*Disclaimer: Always use tools with caution and always make sure that items are securely attached to wall to avoid injury.  Post may contain affiliate links*

Ribbon memo boards are a nice, decorative way to display photos, notes, lists, etc.  While these boards aren’t difficult to find in stores, finding one in the color you want AND the size you need can be challenging.  To get exactly what you want, why not make it?!

As part of my daughter’s bedroom makeover, I had an almost 4′ x 5′ area that I wanted to fill and decided that a custom, DIY ribbon memo board was the perfect display solution!

How to make an oversized ribbon memo board - DIY! Teen girl bedroom decorating ideas


This tutorial shows how to make an oversized memo board, but the exact same steps apply no matter what size you choose.



  • Plywood {I had it cut to size at the store}
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Batting
  • Fabric
  • Ribbon
  • Tacks {I used Decorative Nails from the upholstery section of a fabric store}
  • Staple Gun
  • Plastic Mirror Holder Clips


Step 1: Cut the Batting to Size

Simply lay {or unroll} the batting onto the plywood and cut to an exact fit.  For me, I felt two layers of batting were necessary and so doubled it over on itself, but depending on the type of batting you use, a single layer might be enough


Step 2: Adhere

This step is optional, but particularly for an oversized board, lightly spraying the plywood with adhesive and securing the batting just helps to ensure that it stays in place during the next step.  It also allows you to move and/or flip the board over without worrying about whether the batting has slipped, so I highly recommend this step.

DIY Ribbon Memo Board - Spray Adhesive to Attach Batting to Board


Step 3: Attach Fabric

You can use any type of fabric you choose, but ideally, it should be one that isn’t too transparent so that you can’t see the batting and/or board.  Also, be sure to iron BEFORE you attach!

Cut your fabric about 1 1/2 “- 2” larger than the board on all sides to give you ample material to work with.  Center your board and batting on the WRONG side of your fabric {if it has one} so that the right side will face out.  Then, using your staple gun, start stapling on one side of the board, working from the center out toward the corners {this way you can stretch out any lumps}.  Once one side is done, staple the opposite side, making sure to pull the fabric tight.  Then finish the other two sides.

To get crisp corners, fold the fabric into a triangle and then fold over and staple – like wrapping a package!


Step 4: Measure

You can add as many ribbons as you like, of any thickness, so long as you determine the measurements in advance.  Yes, it’s time for a little math!

First you’ll need to decide how many ribbons you want on any given side of your board.  Personally, I like the look of memo boards that have ribbons crossing over the corners, so I included the corners as one of my measurements.  On my board, I decided that I wanted FOUR ribbons, including the ones on the corners.  To determine equal spacing, I divided the length of each side by 3 and marked the thirds lightly in pencil on the back side of the board.  Remember, because we’re including the corners, dividing the length by 3 will yield 4 ribbons.  Similarly, dividing by 4 will yield 5 ribbons, and so on and so forth.


Step 5: Attach Ribbons

This step is pretty straightforward, as you’ll simply be stapling the ribbons to the board.  The only trick is to remember that your pencil marks from Step 4 represent the CENTER of the ribbon!  This way, your ribbons will be equally spaced AND it doesn’t matter what width of ribbon you’ve chosen for your project.  So when you attach the ribbon to the back of the board, make sure your pencil mark lines up with the center of your ribbon.


Step 6: Add Nails

Secure the ribbons where they overlap using decorative nails or tacks.  I covered each with a cloth and then hammered them down using a rubber mallet.


Step 7: Hang

For a smaller memo board, you might be able to use Command hooks or even velcro strips.  In my case, the board was heavy but thin, so standard picture frame hooks wouldn’t stay in the board and hold the weight.  Instead, I used mirror clips!  A benefit of mirror clips for a project this large is that by securing the edges, you can flatten the board and smooth out any warps or bends that the plywood might have.



Easy, peasey, right?!  My daughter has already started displaying her fashion designs on her board. :)


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Tween Girl’s Bedroom Makeover – REVEAL

It’s time for the big reveal!  My daughter’s little girl bedroom got a makeover perfect for a fun-loving tween and I can’t wait to share with you how it turned out!

{via Ink361}

Last week, I posted about how to create an easy, 4-step plan for approaching a makeover for a girl’s bedroom, or any room {you can read that post HERE}.  From the picture above that my daughter gave me, I knew:

  1. She likes contemporary designs
  2. She’s not afraid of bold patterns
  3. She likes a little sparkle
  4. She likes a bold look that is also glamorous
  5. She’s not afraid to have a lot going on in a small space!
  6. She likes turquoise, white, and gold {I’m putting this one last since color doesn’t convey anything about style}

We also had some functional requirements in order to ensure that the new design was actually useful:

  • Bigger bed
  • Lots of drawers for storage
  • Display areas for items as well as her artwork
  • Full-length mirror to admire outfits
  • Large work space for drawing, coloring, and sewing
  • Able to function as she grows and as her tastes change, without having to redo the entire room


Here’s a look at her room BEFORE {and obviously also before I learned how to use my camera!}:

French Pink Girls Room


And here’s the AFTER!

Tween Girls Room with White and Turquoise


I don’t think it looks like the same space because it looks so much bigger and brighter, but it is also so much more functional.

Gold Vinyl Polka Dot Wall Decals Tween Girl Bedroom


She picked out all of these pillows and I must admit, I’m a bit obsessed with the sequin one.  It’s fun to write little notes to her on the pillow.  We also picked out some fun, polka-dot sheets in hot pink to add another layer of color.

Pink and White Sequin Pillow in Tween Girl Bedroom


My daughter is an aspiring fashion designer, so we incorporated her designs into a gallery wall that surrounds her bed.


The images are simple croquis that I printed off the internet and then she draws outfits on them. {You can find a link to the images HERE.}

Fashion Sketch Croquis Gallery Wall Around Bed with Gold Frames


To visually connect her bed and gallery wall to her “built-ins”, we used gold, vinyl decals.  Originally, the plan was to cover the entire wall, but they took away from the gallery wall so instead, we created a random pattern that looked as if they were falling down onto her bed.  Actually, my daughter says that her piggy bank is blowing kisses on her as she sleeps.


Opposite her bed, we left the trim that was originally on the wall, as well as the two full-length mirrors, but I added a 4′ x 5′ ribbon memo board so that she can showcase her artwork and photos.  {I literally finished it the night before taking the photos so it’s empty in these pictures, but she’s already started to fill it!}

Oversized DIY Ribbon Memo Board in Tween Girl Bedroom


Her work surface is extra long so that she has plenty of space for homework, art projects and sewing.  And because I love items that can be used for more than one purpose, here an owl vase is being used as a pencil cup!

White Owl Vase as Pencil Cup in Teen Girl Bedroom


The original plan was to add trim to the tops of the bookcases to create a true built-in look, but in true form, we’ll never really finish the project 100%.  Instead, I used these turquoise and white pom poms to fill the space and add a bit of whimsy.

Teen Girl Bedroom with Turquoise and White Pom Poms and Ribbon Valance


For me, the bonus for her having white walls is that if she ever decides turquoise isn’t her favorite color, we don’t have to repaint!  {FYI the walls are Kelly Moore Swiss Coffee and so is the trim!}  And with the pops of color and gold metallic accents, her room is anything but boring and cold!  White gets a bad rap sometimes….

Teen Girl Bedroom Decorating Ideas - Contemporary with IKEA Furniture in Turquoise and White and Gold


So that’s it!  It will probably never be this clean again, unfortunately.  Actually, we mostly completed her room months ago but I was waiting until she spent the week at her grandma’s so that I could clean it enough to photograph!  I try not to think of her as messy, but rather creative and she always has some project or another going on in her room.

Teen Girl Bedroom Makeover in Turquoise and White and Gold


Below are links to sources for her room.  One of the benefits to working on this project over the course of several months is that I had the time to wait until things went on sale, and I’m always a fan of saving money!  You can scroll through the affiliate images below and click on them to be taken directly to the online retail source.



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Teen Girl Bedroom Makeover Modern Style with Built-ins Around Window in Turquoise and White

I hope you enjoyed the tour!