If you have a Sunrise Home then you most likely have seen our Model Home. This is a beautiful home that looks good almost all the time. Wouldn't it be nice if that was real life? Well, life has a way of happening and our homes are rarely as beautiful magazines. Yet we can strive. Here is my process and a few tips to help get some of that style well still having the comforts of home.
What vibe do you want to have at home? This is the most important part of the entire process. Without a general direction for your home, you will get lost and have mixed styles that will clash with the overall feel of your home. This clashing makes your home feel crowded and less comfortable. Pinterest and Houzz can be a huge help here but remember your house isn't getting stagged and has people living in it. Always add a level of mess and comfort to the photos you see and know that it's ok to have toys out.
Most important step! This can be a Pinterest board or a collection of photos that you really like. This will be a huge help when decorating your house and helping you pick out furniture as well as accessories. On that board make sure to include a couple of personal items that you love and represent you because they are a part of who you are and should inform your style. This will be the first thing you look at when picking out new furniture, art, or accessories for your home. Think of it as a brand image guide. What is your personal brand style and how will your selections impact it.
Pick one bookshelf, or one closet and start there. Trying to do an entire house or even an entire room can be such a large project and will often drain you before you can complete them. Focus on one area first. Take a quick inventory of what is part of the project, what the goal is for the project, and how you can tackle it. Make sure to grab any containers you might need to hide items that won't stack well or look great when visible. Start with decluttering and getting rid of anything that you aren't using. Sometimes this can be an almost tube of toothpaste you forgot about or sometimes it can be a gift from a family member you never got around to using. Don't be too hard on yourself if you want to keep it but remember that each item is more cleaning and storage down the road.
It's likely gonna be a big pile of stuff. That's ok. Take it all out for now. Taking it all out gives you an idea of what kind of space you have. After taking it out. Wipe it all down or wash it. Those pillowcases you never use but want to keep may have sat in there for a year or more. Give them a good wash before you put them back. Then start organizing into groups. This can be in several styles. If this is an area that is visible focus on styles, sizes, and colors. Remember that your going to be using these items so don't stick your favorite book on the back of the self.
Walk away from the project for a moment. Get some water, stretch, and come back to it. This gives you a moment to look at your progress, take how it is looking so far, and change directions if needed. Now is also a great time to start working on the style points. Are there spots where you can add a great accessory? Add a few here and there. Test out moving things around a bit. How would those books look if they were stacked on their sides? This can make a huge impact on the overall look and gives you a small shelf to put a framed photo of your family.
You got this! You're almost done! Time to power through. Finish up the rest and pack up anything that couldn't find a place. Sometimes things won't fit and will need to be stored. That's ok. Take a step back again, hydrate, and review. This moment is like a punch list for your home. Take inventory of anything that still needs to get done and anything you might want to adjust. Dive in for the final bit and make sure it's perfect. After it's all done, take a photo. This can be to show off your work but it is also so you can look back and remember what it looks like if it gets messed up. Remember your living in this house and it's ok for things to get messed up. Bringing them back to that stylish display is what makes the difference in the end. CONGRATS you're done! Good job!