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Old 01-10-2012, 01:53 AM   #1
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I know there's no home decorators here..

But, I'm sure some of you guys can relate and maybe help me out. I have recently moved into a house, and have all my furniture set up, but the house is really boring. A few friends have commented on it actually. I have zero decor. I mean, the house looks good, but just no personality, no character. I would like to get a few plants maybe, something to dress up the walls, and a few cool little pieces to put around. My only problem is, I have no idea what to get, or even where to look. I don't want to just buy art for the sake of buying art, I would like something with some meaning behind it. Same with any decor. Does anyone have any ideas? Any good stores to check out? I'm stupmed.

BTW, I am single and live with a roomate who basically couldn't care less if we used cardboard boxes for furniture, i.e he's uselss.
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My mom is an interior designer so I grew up around this stuff. Do you have a Garden Ridge near you? They have a lot of stuff. Target is also good for that stuff. Just get some pictures (various sizes) and Try to create some focal points with them. Just find stuff that you like, don't try to buy stuff for other people. It's hard to explain but just buy a bunch of random chotchkes that "fill up" the space but don't look cluttered.
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Old 01-10-2012, 05:39 AM   #5
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Hire an interior design student who'll do it for the cheap ?It'd make for a good portfolio job for them and save you $$$$$$
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Old 01-10-2012, 05:50 AM   #6
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Couple of questions is do you have carpeting or wood floors?
How is the natural light?
Some accent rugs really add to a room
New paint - if you go to Home Depot or Lowes there are little cards that can help add some color.
Window Treatments ie curtains you do not have to pay a lot of money for these! Christmas Tree Shop has great curtains & wall art very inexpensive.
Walk around Ashley Furniture or a furniture store that has rooms layed out so you can see different styles.
Plants certainly add color especially if you get some nice pots for them & easy way to add color.
Definitely work up a plan, make it fun, it's your castle!!!
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Make it your own. Throw a few mirrors on the wall. A few family pictures. a few candles. Some striped curtains ( manly) no flowers.. and a rug, big ass tv. and put some speakers in the wall. Your all set.
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Old 01-10-2012, 06:27 AM   #8
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Check out your local GOOD WILL store or SALVATION ARMY store.....

I personally suck at decorating also, and I hate paying big bucks for paintings & such. I found a really cool painting (3' x 4') of a beach scene for $45. I snatched that up in a heartbeat!!

When you visit other homes (family, friends, etc), take a look around in their homes. Take notice to what you like.....and ask them 'where did you get that'

What types of things do you like? What hobbies are you into? You could pick a theme for each room..... Beach theme, golf theme, mexican theme, offroading theme... whatever you like.

It doesn't have to be 'girlish' (as most people would think). You could dress up every room to be somewhat man-cavish. That's up to you. You've gotta live in it...so make sure you're happy with it!
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Old 01-10-2012, 06:29 AM   #9
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New paint - if you go to Home Depot or Lowes there are little cards that can help add some color.
New paint indeed! And the sample jars are well worth the money. You can't go by the small swatches as it seems all paint dries darker on the wall than what shows on those.
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:11 PM   #10
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Couple of questions is do you have carpeting or wood floors?
How is the natural light?
Some accent rugs really add to a room
New paint - if you go to Home Depot or Lowes there are little cards that can help add some color.
Window Treatments ie curtains you do not have to pay a lot of money for these! Christmas Tree Shop has great curtains & wall art very inexpensive.
Walk around Ashley Furniture or a furniture store that has rooms layed out so you can see different styles.
Plants certainly add color especially if you get some nice pots for them & easy way to add color.
Definitely work up a plan, make it fun, it's your castle!!!
I have hardwood, and the lighting, we always have the blinds closed but open, its's awesome. there's windows all over. I did the walk through thing, but all the stores look like my house, as in they showcase the furniture but just add simple little trinkets that don't make much sense. Thanks for the replies Everyone. Where can I go about hiring a design student? I like that idea.
And Kango, I actually tried that a few times, all the girls wanted to start adding way too feminine junk.
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If shes hot thats prolly all shes good at. but prolly better at anal
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Make it your own. Throw a few mirrors on the wall. A few family pictures. a few candles. Some striped curtains ( manly) no flowers.. and a rug, big ass tv. and put some speakers in the wall. Your all set.
Cant forget the bigass tv
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hmmm....single, ..male... ...what's w/ this decor crap ?




all you need is the following:

- couch
- coffee table
- tv/media/speakers
- refrigerator
- microwave
- oven
- washer/dryer

...yep, that about does it..

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hmmm....single, ..male... ...what's w/ this decor crap ?




all you need is the following:

- couch
- coffee table
- tv/media/speakers
- refrigerator
- microwave
- oven
- washer/dryer

...yep, that about does it..

That's exactly what I think too, but lot of people, guys and girls, keep telling me I need to add some "character". I don't know about any of that shit.
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That's exactly what I think too, but lot of people, guys and girls, keep telling me I need to add some "character". I don't know about any of that shit.
hehe,..i was just giving ya a hard time over it...

.. i guess you have to start w/ something of interest to you.. i like "western/country" artifacts, ..for example over my mantle i have a "bear" made of some kinda kiln dried horse hair i picked up from some indians selling it by a bridge west of Taos, NM... i've also got a replica Colt Peacemaker revolver i picked up in Telluride, Co,.. that's my "centerpiece"...
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I've always just had a knack for this kind of crap. Don't know why. I'm good at making a room flow together or being able to figure out how to arrange furniture n' such.

Around here, we have string of "gently used goods" line of stores. One of them is called "New Uses". They have all kinds of used home decor on the cheap. See if there is a place similiar around you.

-Pictures/painting always help, espeically if you can find something a litte off beat, conversation starter. I have some great "one of a kind" artwork in my house, IMO. I should take some pics.

-Read a lot of books? Make a bookcase part of your decor. Get them cheap for like $20 new, you can then fill with books and add some things to the top like a couple candles, maybe a change/key basket. Also a place to store movies.

-Area rugs, espeically on the Hardwood floor. Check craigslist and places like that.

-Painting the room can help, but don't make it the only thing you do.

Post up some pics of the room you are trying to decorate...it would help a lot.
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