Monique Valeris is the founder of Decor Musings, which houses roundups of the most stylish home products out now, highlights of her flea market shopping adventures, interviews with interior design experts, and tons more. Happy decorating!
I've voiced my disappointment over domino's folding way too many times on this blog (read my last post), so when I learned months ago that the magazine's then-editor in chief, Deborah Needleman, who now heads up WSJ. Magazine, was releasing a decorating book, I couldn't contain my excitement. Well, the moment is finally here and Deborah's book, The Perfectly Imperfect Home, will be in stores on November 1.
I was lucky enough to snag a preview copy and let me tell you it's MAJOR (yes, caps are needed here). It's been a while since I've been so fully satisfied with a design book. The concept behind the book is simply that a home works best and is most attractive when it contains elements that speak to the people who reside in it. It's meant to be lived in, and should always be an honest display of its owner's personality. I couldn't agree more.
Deborah covers all the basics in the book (think choosing the right lighting and seating), and delves into some of my favorite aspects of decorating like how to display collections, art and photos, working with accessories from throws to log baskets, and simple ways to make a home feel as cozy and comfortable as possible.
There's no doubt that this book will have a permanent spot on my bookshelf. It really is that good.
Mirrors are one of those items that can sometimes be overlooked when decorating a home and that shouldn't be the case. They're not only functional--they can open up small spaces, especially when we're talking about those with very little natural light.
One of the best deals I snagged to-date was on a standing mirror with a wood frame that I purchased as a teenager. Even now, there isn't a day that goes by without me at least taking a glance in it before rushing out the house for work. It's just that useful, even after all these years. So whether it's a full-length mirror for your closet area (I've had my eye on this Ikea number) or a vintage one mounted on the wall over a living room sofa, think about where you might be able to use one. I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
There have been so many theories on whether or not a television is fit for a bedroom and I doubt I'll ever change my stance that this is the one room in your house where it just doesn't belong. Nothing about a TV screams relaxation, which is the sole purpose of your bedroom, right? And if you're like me, you can never just watch TV for just a few minutes. You kind of get sucked into it, and before you know it, you've watched how many shows, wasted valuable time and have been cheated out of your much-needed rest.
I personally opt for a TV only in my living room and lately, I've been getting frustrated with the look of it as silly as that sounds. It just seems to eat up any space. I'm trying to figure out if there's a more attractive way to keep it on display, whether it's as simple as hiding it behind a cute armoire or just mounting it to a wall in a way that makes sense for my space. I'll figure it out somehow.
Between a string of annoying laptop issues and just life getting in the way, it's been a little while since I've blogged here. Instead of jumping right back into my decorating musings, I thought it would be fun to share some lessons I've learned since I started blogging. Here goes.
Passion is everything. I started my blog simply because I wanted to share my personal take on home decor as an ordinary consumer--just like many of you. Reading magazines and the like full of well-styled photos of expensive homes and tips from the same crew of design experts seemed to be out of reach and quite frankly became frustrating. So I decided to take matters into my own hands to offer my thoughts on decorating, which is a topic I enjoy following personally. It really is a passion.
Be yourself. Although I follow all of the popular design blogs (coco + kelley and Apartment Therapy are just a few of my favorites), I still stay in my lane. And by staying in my lane I mean that I write exactly what I want to write about even if it means that at times it's not the most popular topic or trend to cover. I follow my gut and am always honest in all that I write.
Karma is no joke. You've all heard the line, "If you don't have anything good to say, don't say anything at all." I'm a firm believer in this. If there's a home product or interior designer's approach, for instance, that I dislike, I won't ever spend my time here writing lengthy posts about why they're all wrong. I just won't write about them. From the beginning, I've always intended for this to be a positive outlet and it'll continue on that path because there's no doubt that negative energy breeds negativity in one way or another. And that's one thing I don't want anywhere near me.
Have some fun. Blogging, even for your personal enjoyment, can be stressful sometimes but I've found some ways to keep it exciting. I've attended my share of design industry events and even co-hosted an intimate mixer for bloggers (it was called "Bloggers' Delight") just to keep the fun going. Find ways to connect with others who are passionate about what you cover and I'm sure you'll find it rewarding.