It’s time to go back to basics and before I show you anymore interior ideas or drool-worthy designer furniture, here are some tips for the very beginning of the decorating process and I promise it is an easy way to lean into the decorating process.
The first thing I want you to do is sit back, take a moment and plan. Shopping for your home can be an overwhelming task, so before you start thinking about what to shop for, figure out what you already have. Doing an inventory check of your stuff seems like a simple way to start and it is!
LOOK AT YOUR BELONGINGS FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE
Overhauls are great, don’t get me wrong. I love nothing more than a client who has a blank canvas for me to work my designer magic. It isn’t always necessary (aesthetically or budget wise) to replace everything you have though. Your sofa might be perfectly ok and just need some new furniture and accessories to give it a new look. You might have an artwork in your hallway that could be moved to the bedroom of which you can use this to create a new bedroom scheme. Perhaps your dining room table is a great but it just needs the dining chairs replaced. Have a look at what you have, what you like and what you can’t wait to get rid of.
Also consider swapping things around and re-jigging the floor space. Just because you put your furniture in a certain place when you moved in, it doesn’t mean it has to stay there. Play around with the positioning of your furniture. This is also a good way to get the creative juices flowing when planning your new and improved man space.
WRITE IT DOWN
Depending on how many rooms you want to tackle in your man space makeover, start writing down a plan of attack. This will come in handy when you start hitting the ground or cyber stores running. It’s a fact that most men dislike shopping, so to prevent you going back and forth, know what pieces you want buy before you go to buy them. In many cases, you can ‘kill a few birds with one stone’ (a horrible saying, but it best describes what I’m trying to say!). The point is, you will find it is a better use of time to go shopping with an entire list to tackle.
Unless you have an expert (like moi) to measure and do the spatial planning for you, this is an especially important step for you to do when prepping for your shopping.
– Draw a floor plan of the whole room and write down all the measurements
– Include doorways and windows
– It’s also handy to have an idea of what size your existing furniture pieces are so you can use them as a reference point. Perhaps you want a sofa that isn’t as long, or dining table that is bigger.
So there you go. Step one of planning is so easy you don’t have to leave your house!
Get yourself a notebook, pen and tape measure and start wandering around your home. To get ready for the next step of online researching furniture options, I also recommend setting up a “Man Space Makeover” folder in the bookmarks of your web browser.