My sister-in-law, Clare celebrated her birthday recently and I wanted to find a birthday present for her that was a little quirky and a ton of fun. Not unlike her! When we get together, we chat all things interiors, which, of course, is my jam, so I wanted to find something fun for her restored tobacco factory loft (yep, she's that cool). Then there's my brother-in-law. He's more of a "this-serves-which-purpose??" realist. So I wanted to find something that Clare could enjoy with minimal eye-rolling from Mike (we both endure enough of that as it is). Read through to the end and I'll share with you what I decided on. In the mean time, here are some super easy tips for ways to celebrate you in your décor!
Celebrate You in Decor #1: Single piece of dinnerware (plate, mug, bowl)
This one goes back to broke college student days. I've always been a shopper. I just love touching and looking and choosing. It makes my heart beat a little faster and finding the perfect treasure makes me oh so happy. But then, I hit college. And I was lucky to find enough quarters for laundry, much less trinkets for my home. Did I give up the thrill of the hunt for the four (okay, who are we kidding, five) years I called the University of Kansas home? No way! One way I would treat myself was to buy one item of dinnerware. A mug, a bowl, a plate. Of a pattern that just spoke to me. Did it match anything else in my home? Not necessarily! But it didn't need to! I wasn't pulling these out to serve guests. I reached for them when I needed a little pick me up, a little celebration of things that made me happy.
Celebrate You in Decor #2: Crazy Bedsheets
I've mentioned before that I've rarely met a pattern I didn't go gaga for. But, using patterns in large doses can be somewhat limiting to the design of the rest of the room. So, over time, I learned that a largely solid/neutral foundation with pops of color and pattern was the way to go. But, I've got a secret. Your sheets (if you make your bed, which we'll assume you do) are not seen by any but the very closest. So go wild! Have fun! Crawl into your bed knowing that you are a flannel-sheets-with-mittens-on-them kind of gal, loud and proud!
Celebrate You in Decor #3: Return to Your Roots
Let's face it. I've never really completely grown up. And I love love love to put little nods to my childhood into my rooms, whether it's my kiddos' (yes, they sleep with my Care Bears) or my kitchen (ahem, Kermit the Frog glasses that I DON'T share with my tinies). It's the ultimate in "you". A souvenir along the road of becoming who you are now. And, chances are, guests who see these retro treasures will smile along with fond memories of their own.
See? Wasn't that easy? There you have three tips for adding instant personality into your room (without giving a damn if others like it). And I know you're wondering what I got Clare! Well, wait no longer….here's what I sent her.
She loves the artist Donna Wilson (if you haven't seen her stuff yet, go! It's so fun!) Her products are perfect examples of whimsical, quirky items that are just plain fun to look at. Will Clare use these plates at fancy dinner parties? Probably not. Do they even match her current dinnerware? Who knows? The point is this: it doesn't have to! These are perfect little "inside jokes" to her from me that celebrate our friendship. A perfect little pick me up.
Alright readers, now that you've read these tips, I want to hear from you! Have you used any of these in your home? Or do you have others that you'd add? I want to see them in the comments below. Start the conversation, people!