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116 // Does hosting for the holidays have you stressed? 3 things you can do NOW to prepare your home so you are guest ready

116 // Does hosting for the holidays have you stressed? 3 things you can do NOW to prepare your home so you are guest ready

November 3, 2022

Hey friend!

With the holidays right around the corner, our calendars seem to explode with ALL the things to do in preparation of receiving guests into our homes:

* clean the house

* make the house festive

* buy the groceries

* make the meal

* keep everyone happy

And although we know that this date is coming the (almost) same date each year, we sometimes enter into it flustered, overwhelmed, tired and without enough grace left over for those tricky conversations that inevitably arise at the dinner table. 

In today's episode I'm sharing with you three things you can do to prep for the holidays NOW that will alleviate the burden the week of the holiday.

1. Get your house ready

2. Get your table ready

3. Get your heart ready

 

* Join the one hour LIVE workshop on November 13th to learn how to create a holiday tablescape that WOWS! Reserve your spot here: https://bit.ly/figandfarmholidaytable

 

// Links mentioned in show: //

Website: www.figandfarmathome.com

Email: figandfarmathome@gmail.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/figandfarm/

Tablescape workshop: https://bit.ly/figandfarmholidaytable

Facebook Community: https://bit.ly/design101group

 

Happy styling!

xo,

dani

 

115 // LIVE Coaching - Decorating S.O.S. with Tiffany: taking her master bedroom from just ’fine’ to a peaceful, calming retreat

115 // LIVE Coaching - Decorating S.O.S. with Tiffany: taking her master bedroom from just ’fine’ to a peaceful, calming retreat

October 27, 2022

You're a fly on the wall in today's episode as I'm talking with Tiffany in our Decorating S.O.S. coaching call. Tiffany's job keeps her BUSY and she wants a calm, peaceful, relaxing retreat at the end of a long, busy day. She described her master bedroom as just 'meh,' but when you're working as hard as Tiffany, 'meh' isn't good enough. 

 

Our conversation walks through actionable steps that Tiffany can take as she starts taking action to create a room that feeds her soul the way she wants it to. 

 

If, after listening in on today's show, you'd like to book your own call - I encourage you to do that as space each month is limited to five calls. Once they're full, there won't be any others available until the following month. 

Book your Decorating S.O.S. call here: https://www.figandfarmathome.com/book-a-call

 

// Links mentioned in show: //

Email: figandfarmathome.com

Facebook Community: https://bit.ly/design101group

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/figandfarm/

Book a call: https://www.figandfarmathome.com/book-a-call

114 // Choosing an area rug - how do you know if it’s too small? Arm yourself with knowledge so you can choose confidently and with less overwhelm

114 // Choosing an area rug - how do you know if it’s too small? Arm yourself with knowledge so you can choose confidently and with less overwhelm

October 25, 2022

Know BEFORE You Go

A new Quick Tip Tuesday series that addresses ALL the things you need to know about a product before you pull out your credit card.  This week's Know BEFORE You Go...Area Rugs!

 

1. MEASURE: 

This should go without saying, but measuring before selecting an area rug is critical. Not only should you measure the size of rug you're anticipating purchasing, go a step further - place a marker where those measurements will be: socks, scarves, jumprope, blue tape. It doesn't matter what it is, so long as you do it. Laying it down will give you a visual for how big the rug will actually be.

2. ANCHOR: 

An area rug serves as an anchor for the furniture that sits atop it, keeping it from floating. The anchor will help define the sitting area and elevate the look of the room.

3. SEATING AREA:

Look at where your seating area is before purchasing a rug. Are all the pieces pushed back against the wall making it impossible to fit an area rug that won't be too small? Try moving the furniture away from the wall to define the seating area - then anchor it all together with the rug.

4. FRONT LEGS:

General Rule of Thumb: the front legs of all the furniture within the seating area should sit atop the area rug. A little more than the front legs is fine, but a little less is NOT.

5. COLOR:

Be careful that the color of the rug is too similar in tone with the furniture of the room. Too dark and it will be too heavy for the space. Contrast can be a good thing. 

6. INSPIRATION PIECE:

Your rug is an opportunity for not only anchoring the furniture to the room, but anchoring the design to the overall space. Are there colors in the rug that can be repeated throughout the rest of the room allowing for repletion and cohesiveness? 

7. COST:

Are rugs don't have to cost a lot and it's OK if they land on your "I want to spend less on this item list." If you have children, pets or wear shoes in the house, your rug is going to get a lot of wear and tear and will likely need to be replaced more often than you'd like. 

 

// Links mentioned in show: //

Email: figandfarmathome@gmail.com

Facebook Community: https://bit.ly/design101group

Website: www.figandfarmathome.com

 

Happy Styling!

xo,

dani

 

113 // Is there something in your home keeping it from looking cohesive? 3 barriers you may be living with and what to do about them

113 // Is there something in your home keeping it from looking cohesive? 3 barriers you may be living with and what to do about them

October 20, 2022

Did you know there are barriers keeping your home design feeling flat and not cohesive? You may have one or all three in your own home. What are they and what do you do if you have one?

 

1. Bullies: Like any bully, a bully within your home wants to bring everything else around it down. Bullies can stick out like sore thumbs or be as subtle as ca be. The good news: there are ways to Recognize, Remove or Remediate the bully to your home's advantage. 

2. Bondage: Being stuck in home design is no fun, but this stuck isn't from lack of budget, an uncompromising partner or even a lack of ideas. Being stuck because of an anchor piece that is too costly to replace or is built in to your home can sometimes mean the THING that's keeping you stuck is the same thing that is DEMANDING you make all design decisions to appease it. No good. The good news: managing Expectations, Engaging with the thing keeping you stuck and spending Energy toward creating a plan will help you get UNSTUCK and in to action. 

3. Borrow: A better word - plagiarize. Copying an inspiring image item for item means that you recognize a beautiful room, but does a severe injustice to honoring your personal design aesthetic. Becoming a student of design helps you get out of overwhelm and allows you to step into confidence as you make design decisions. 

 

 

// Links mentioned in show: //

Email: figandfarmathome@gmail.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/figandfarm/

Facebook Community: https://bit.ly/design101group

 

Ways to grow in your personal home design:

Decorating S.O.S.: https://www.figandfarmathome.com/book-a-call

Room Edit: https://www.figandfarmathome.com/room-edit

Pinterest 101 - understanding your design aesthetic: https://bit.ly/pinning101

 

Not sure where to start or which path to take on your home design journey? Book a FREE 15 minute Discovery Call.

https://calendly.com/figandfarmathome/15-minute-discovery-call

 

Happy Styling!

xo,

Dani

112 // Can you REALLY bring pumpkin spice into your fall decorating? How decorating your fall home with your five senses makes everything feel more cozy!

112 // Can you REALLY bring pumpkin spice into your fall decorating? How decorating your fall home with your five senses makes everything feel more cozy!

October 13, 2022

Are you a pumpkin spice fan?

The good news is...you don't have to be OR you can be...in order to decorate your fall home. Using your five senses is one of the easiest ways to bring layers, depth and texture into your home decorating. But don't just stop with your five senses, think about MOOD too. 

1. SmellWhat smells make you think of fall? Bringing scents of apple, pear, spices, even tobacco can elicit the smell of fall. 

2. SightWhat do you see outdoors that you can transfer in to your fall decorating? Think of colors, foliage, textures. 

3. SoundWhat sounds do you hear that remind you of fall? Falling rain, rustling leaves in the wind? How about sound tracks? Replacing upbeat music for more soothing instrumentals may elicit feelings of coziness as the days get longer.

4. TouchWhen fall arrives we replace our thin textiles for heavier, more textural linens, blankets and pillows. Do you have different textures available as a reminder that fall is a cozy season?

5. Taste: Our kitchens are full of flavors of fall, but how can we carry those over to our decorating? Bowls of apples, caramels or even pumpkins on display are reminders that are taste buds need representation too.

6. MoodEvery bit as important as our five senes, the mood we want to create in our fall home should not be ignored. How do you want your fall home to feel? Cozy and warm like you're enveloped in a warm hug? Lighting can be instrumental for creating the ambience and setting the mood within your fall home. 

Combining all of these elements together create layers, texture and depth as you decorate your fall home. Repeat design elements for intentional styling. 

 

// Links mentioned in show: //

Facebook Community: https://bit.ly/design101group

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/figandfarm/

Email: figandfarmathome@gmail.com

Decorating S.O.S.: https://www.figandfarmathome.com/book-a-call

 

Happy fall decorating!

xo,

dani

111 // How do you decorate with house plants if you don’t have a green thumb? You shop THESE five places so you can shop for your house plants on a budget

111 // How do you decorate with house plants if you don’t have a green thumb? You shop THESE five places so you can shop for your house plants on a budget

October 11, 2022

Do you have a BLACK thumb and kill every houseplant that you bring into the house? 

 

Decorating with house plants is one of my top 5 secrets for elevating the look of your home in a weekend. Want to know the other four? https://bit.ly/5homesecrets

 

But if you kill every house plant you bring in to the house would it be better to buy fake plants? NO!

Start small with your pocket book so you can take risks and grow in confidence as a plant parent. Starting small means shopping smart. 

Here are FIVE places you can shop for house plants on a budget:

1. IKEA:

Skip the fake plants and head straight toward the LARGE plants. These are beautiful, thrive for long periods of time and cost a fraction of the price at a nursery.

2. Hardware stores (& Walmart) in the 'I'm barely living, highly discounted' plant section:

Skip the full-priced plant retail section and find the plant stand in the back corner of the store that has all of the deeply discounted plants. These ones are barely surviving and look like it. They need some TLC, but their needs means you'll do research. Your research will help them come out of their growth slump. 

3. Local grocery stores:

Sometimes a small offering, but take a look the next time you're shopping. Though the variety is limited the prices are competitive.

4. Mom & Pop nurseries:

Skip the BIG, flashy, fancy nurseries that advertise from all corners of the universe. The fancy buildings, the cafes inside, the billboard directing the way - all of those are indicators that the prices are going to be high. Search out the local, corner mom and pop plant stand. Maybe it's on Facebook Marketplace or maybe it's in the gravel parking lot of your local grocery station. Their variety won't compare to the big-name nurseries but the prices can't be beat. 

5. Your own home

Dividing plants when they get too big for their pot is a great way to get more plants from what you already have. Propagate plant shoots by cutting a small section and placing it in water to let it take root. Once roots form you are ready to plant it in a new pot. 

 

// Links mentioned in show: //

Facebook Community: https://bit.ly/design101group

Email: figandfarmathome@gmail.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/figandfarm/

 

Happy planting!

xo,

dani

 

110 // Mission POSSIBLE…a $400 laundry room makeover is finished!! 5 tips for making your next home decorating project a success!

110 // Mission POSSIBLE…a $400 laundry room makeover is finished!! 5 tips for making your next home decorating project a success!

October 9, 2022

Is it possible to makeover a laundry room from floor to ceiling with only a $400 budget? 

YES!!!

The laundry room is COMPLETE and I have one important question...is it possible to love a laundry room? I think so. 

 

5 tips for making your next home decorating project a success:

1. Have a starting budget, but keep it flexible:

Can you boost your starting budget by skipping the coffee line or the daily take out at lunch? Or can you adjust your timeline so you can save a bit more to get the product you're wanting for your room?

2. Measure twice, cut once:

Slow down, adjust your pace, take your time before cutting, nailing, stenciling. Make sure you read the directions BEFORE you start. 

3. Start with a plan:

Planning saves you time and money. Before you plan...do some price checking so you can set a realistic starting budget.

4. Shop the house:

You'll be amazed at what you find already living in your space. Use it. Those pictures you weren't too fond of in your dining room...you might love them in your new room! 

5. Take a risk

Before taking that risk, ask yourself "WHAT'S THE WORST THAT CAN HAPPEN?" Explore the answer. If the worst that can happens you not liking it, what will the remediation be? Will the risk be worth it if you don't like it?

 

// Links mentioned in show: //

Email: figandfarmathome@gmail.com

Instagram: @figandfarm

Decorating S.O.S. (Step Out of Overwhelm and Start): https://www.figandfarmathome.com/book-a-call

Facebook Community: https://bit.ly/design101group

 

Happy styling!

xo,

dani

109 // ”I’ll decorate my house when the kids leave home!” Is THIS keeping you stuck in home design?

109 // ”I’ll decorate my house when the kids leave home!” Is THIS keeping you stuck in home design?

October 5, 2022

"I'll decorate my house when the kids leave home!"

I don't know how many times I've heard 'the kids' used as the barrier to creating a home that is cohesive, clutter-free and a place the parent's can take pride in. The kids...(sigh)...

The KIDS...as their parents you already do so much for them. 

* You make nourishing meals.

* You make sure they're clothed appropriately.

* You drive them all over Timbuktu and back so they can play sports, dance, create, hang out with friends...

* You provide learning opportunities and experiences for them that broaden their knowledge and world view.

Not to mention...you LOVE those guys more than anything!

 

Investing in your kids' physical environment should land on the above list!

* Creating a home that serves your family means creating a home that serves your KIDS too. 

* Creating a home that you LOVE coming home to means creating a home that your KIDS love coming home to.

Creating a home environment that is a respite from the world outside your front doors means creating an environment that is a respite for your KIDS too. 

 

Waiting for your kids to be grown and gone before you create a home that you love, a home that you're proud of, a home that serves you and your family is, to be quite honest, too late. Your KIDS should be the REASON you are creating the environment that:

* serves your family

* lights you up

* feels cozy and comforting to your family

* you are proud of

 

// Links mentioned in show: //

Email: figandfarmathome@gmail.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/figandfarm/

Facebook Community: https://bit.ly/design101group

 

Happy styling!

xo,

dani

 

108 // ”My home doesn’t feel put together!” 5 ways to create a cohesive look in your home.

108 // ”My home doesn’t feel put together!” 5 ways to create a cohesive look in your home.

September 29, 2022

Does your home look "put together?"

Creating a cohesive look to your home can make your home look AND FEEL more cozy. These five steps will help you to create a look of cohesiveness as you decorate your home.

 

1. Create a color paletteUsing the formula 60 (foundation color) + 30 (primary accent color) + 10 (secondary accent color) will help you navigate the color flow of an open concept space. Play around with the ratios of your accent colors. Do you want three? Great - your formula could be 70 + 10 + 10 + 10. 

2. Use those colors from your palette as accents in decorating: pillows, rugs, frames, books, artwork...the colors you chose for your color palette should be represented throughout your room's design.

3. Look for the outlier (a.k.a. BULLY): standing in one vantage point look around to all areas/rooms. Do you spot something that doesn't quite fit in with the color palette? Something that sticks out like a sore thumb? That's your BULLY and the only thing a bully does is bring down the room's design.

4. Remediate the bully: you can remediate the bully by removing it and letting it live somewhere else where it will play nicely with other design elements within the space OR repeat design elements that the bully has somewhere else within the room so that bully isn't an outlier. 

5. Repeat generalized design elements & specific design elements: repeating design elements like color, metals and woods is just scratching the surface of creating a cohesive looking home. Try taking it a level deeper and repeat design elements that might be a bit more subtle. For example: the succulent artwork you have in the corner of your room. You're not only repeating the colors, but maybe you're repeating the plant itself with a live succulent sitting on the coffee table or the same geometric shape of the plant pot in the art as the candle holder sitting on the mantel. 

 

// Links mentioned in the show: //

Community: https://bit.ly/design101group

Email: figandfarmathome@gmail.com

Work with me: https://www.figandfarmathome.com

 

 

 

107 // There are a million shades of white. How do you choose just ONE when painting your home? Thinking about these four things will help you choose with confidence.

107 // There are a million shades of white. How do you choose just ONE when painting your home? Thinking about these four things will help you choose with confidence.

September 27, 2022

Going to a paint store can be:

 overwhelming, exhausting and just plain frustrating!

Picking a paint color isn't as easy as eeny-meeny-miney-mo, but it CAN be when you know what to think about. Listener, Erica, asked what my favorite shades of white are, but not all whites are created equal and the ones I choose for my home and clients might not work for you. But here's what can...knowing these FOUR things:

1. Each color has an UNDERTONE - either warm or cool. Know which undertone is popping up in the white swatches you selected by testing them against a sheet of paper. Is it a warm or cool white?

2. Know how you tend do DECORATEdo you choose warm colors or cool colors to decorate with? Have any adjacent walls - are they warm or cool colors. Choosing a white with the same undertone can compliment what is already happening in your home.

3. Colors can present themselves lighter or darker with more or less NATURAL LIGHT & ARTIFICIAL LIGHT. Know which is more present in the room you are wanting to paint.

4. It's not only OK to HESITATE when choosing a shade of white, but encouraged. Take your time, buy the sample and paint LARGE swatches of that white on EACH of the walls in the room you're wanting to paint. THEN WAIT at least three days to see how the light is reflecting off of the paint on each wall at different points throughout the day. 

 

// Links mentioned in show: //

* Email: figandfarmathome@gmail.com

* Community: https://bit.ly/design101group

* Example of Alabaster White in a room makeover: https://www.figandfarmathome.com/post/a-surprise-home-makeover-the-power-of-paint

* Example of Bistro White in my home: https://www.figandfarmathome.com/post/bookshelves-a-love-your-home-story

* Do you want help choosing a paint color? Book a call: https://www.figandfarmathome.com/book-a-call

 

Happy Styling!

xo,

dani

 

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