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// Pinterest - do you love it or hate it? Learn how to pin with purpose so you can turn the home you’re dreaming of into reality!

// Pinterest - do you love it or hate it? Learn how to pin with purpose so you can turn the home you’re dreaming of into reality!

May 19, 2022

Pinterest can be:

* fun

* a nice distraction

* a source for inspiration

* a waste of time

Yes...I said it. Pinterest can be all of those things, but did you know...

Pinterest can be purposeful!

When used with purpose, Pinterest can be:

* resourceful

* inspirational

* educational

* the key to finally unlocking your design aesthetic

SO YOU CAN...

* get unstuck

* remove the overwhelm

* stop buying and returning

* finally invite your friends over because you're proud of your home!

 

In today's episode, I share five ways you can use Pinterest with purpose in order to turn your dream of a home you love into reality. 

 

// Links mentioned in show: //

Email: figandfarmathome@gmail.com

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

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

 

Happy styling!

xo,

dani

 

// Working with a $200 budget to refresh your living room? Where to spend your money when you have a small budget (part 2)!

// Working with a $200 budget to refresh your living room? Where to spend your money when you have a small budget (part 2)!

May 17, 2022

Continuing last week's conversation: if I only have $100 but want to do a living room re-fresh, is it better to save and wait or are there things I can change now within this budget? Part 2...what if my budget was $200?

$200...not much more than last week's $100, but definitely an improvement!

But when you're wanting BIG CHANGE in your living room and you have a tiny budget to start with, even with an extra $100 to spend it's not going to bring about big change...right? WRONG!

In today's episode I share two options for re-freshing your living room with a $200 budget. Option 1: a continuation of what we did for Sarah, last week. If you missed that episode, listen here: 

Option 2: spending $200 at once. What are good options for a living room re-fresh when you're working with that budget?

* Paint: but you need to start with a color palette (listen here for how to create one)

* Lighting: enhance the mood with some ambient lighting and ditch the builder grade overhead light fixtures to bring in lighting with your personality

* Small Anchor Pieces: not sure what those are? Go back and listen to the episode where I flip BUDGET on its head, making it not only imaginable but fully possible for you to create a home you love with the budget you have. Listen here.

// Links mentioned in show: //

* Feeling BRAVE? Post a picture of YOUR living room in the Facebook Community with the caption $200 and I'll suggest budget-friendly change specific to you (*I will do this for the first 5 people who comment with a picture. Offer expires 6/1/2022). https://bit.ly/design101group

* Work with me: www.figandfarmathome.com

* Email: figandfarmathome@gmail.com

 

Happy Styling!

xo,

dani

 

 

// Want to make BIG change in your home with a limited budget? Starting with these 5 things will help

// Want to make BIG change in your home with a limited budget? Starting with these 5 things will help

May 12, 2022

What happens when you are wanting to re-fresh a room in your house, but you are starting with a smaller than small budget?

 

* Do you wait and save?

* Do you throw in the towel because you think it's not worth it?

OR

* Do you start with these 5 things because they are bound to start you off on the right foot?

 

In today's episode we're talking about how you can make significant change in re-freshing a room in your home even when you budget is small. Start with these 5 things:

1. Setting the intention for the room and identifying why you want a re-fresh is a critical first step. 

2. Choosing an inspiration piece for your room will help you choose a color palette for your room.

3. Using what you have is critical for keeping costs low. Be creative, think outside the box and try to see a different use for the items you want to bring into the design.

4. Pick up the paintbrush and don't be afraid to paint. Painting is transformational and it doesn't always have to be paint on the walls. If you can't paint the walls, how about painting the furniture? 

5. Repetition is the key to a cohesive design. Look for design elements (colors, patterns, wood tones, metals) that are repeating throughout your room. Even better - make sure these design elements aren't clumped together in one area. Spread them out throughout your room to create balance. 

 

// Links mentioned in show: //

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

* Follow my $500 school office re-fresh journey: https://www.instagram.com/figandfarm/

* How to paint furniture: https://bit.ly/paintingfurniture101

 

Happy Styling!

xo,

dani

 

// If I only had $100 to spend in my living room, what would I do?! A specific guide to shopping for BIG impact change when you have a small budget!

// If I only had $100 to spend in my living room, what would I do?! A specific guide to shopping for BIG impact change when you have a small budget!

May 10, 2022

"I only have $100 to spend on my living room upgrade. Is it worth it? Should I make any changes at all or save it for later?"

Those were the questions I received from Sara when she approached me with questions about using her small budget. Sara was in for a BIG surprise when I mentioned how I would spend every penny in order to make mighty change in her living room. 

          Step 1: ditch the pillows that came with the couch

          Step 2: purchase new pillows

          Step 3: use left over money to buy plants because plants go with   

          everything

 

When listening to this episode, you may want to grab a notebook and pen because I not only tell Sara how I would make BIG impact change in her living room, I tell her where I would source the products in order to honor her $100 budget. 

 

// Links mentioned in show: //

Website: www.figandfarmathome.com

Ask your question: figandfarmathome@gmail.com

Join the FREE community (this month we're taking a deep dive into how you can create a cohesive home): www.bit.ly/design101group

Follow along on Instagram as I work with a client to re-fresh an entire room for just $500: https://www.instagram.com/figandfarm/

Want to be design besties? Subscribe to the newsletter: www.figandfarmathome.com

 

Happy styling!

xo,

Dani

Want to make a great FIRST IMPRESSION in your home’s design? Don’t forget the front porch! 5 ways you can refresh your front porch this weekend!

Want to make a great FIRST IMPRESSION in your home’s design? Don’t forget the front porch! 5 ways you can refresh your front porch this weekend!

May 5, 2022

Your front porch is the first impression someone gets when they visit your home and we learned waaaaaay back in middle school that first impressions matter...a lot! Often times your front porch acts as a preview for what your guests will find inside and now that winter's over, it's time to pay a little more attention to the first impression. 

When you design outside with the same attention to detail and intention as you do inside, you can create the atmosphere that you want. Playful, cozy, inviting, whimsical. Whatever you want your home's design to say, you can allude to it by giving your guests a peek-a-boo as to what's to come once they open the front door. 

5 ways to refresh your front porch this weekend:

1. Start with a blank slate: clearing everything off the front porch so you can start with a blank slate allows you to do two things - deep clean and think creatively.

2. Choose a color formula: YES, even outside - choose a color formula you want to work with in your outdoor area. Sometimes it can be a replica of what's happening inside. Other times you may want to treat it as its own mini-design habitat. Choosing a color formula helps you make intentional choices when you begin gathering your items.

3. Work from bottom to top: think in layers starting at the foundation - your porch's floor. Layer, add height, texture and depth. And be sure to check for repetition...are design elements (colors, woods, metals, etc.) repeating themselves throughout the front porch design in an effort to create a cohesive look?

4. Design with your senses: Look around at your from porch's design...do you see elements that add to the overall experience? Do you have a variety of textures you can touch, smells you can smell, elements you can hear, like wind chimes. Leaving out the sense of taste but replacing it with feeling - ask yourself how your front porch feels

5. Add whimsical touches: In this small area, don't be afraid to play! Experiment with design and have fun. Think vertically as well as in layers. Can you hang things on the siding or from the eaves? Think about ambience - do you have lighting other than the overhead porch light? Think 'out of the box' ideas - like teacups as planters, birdcages as vestibules for holding plants. Take risks and have fun!

 

// Links mentioned in show: //

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

Website: www.figandfarmathome.com

Work with me: www.figandfarmathome.com/book-a-call

 

Happy styling!

xo,

dani

 

 

 

 

Before you ask ALL your friends on social media for advice on how to decorate your home, you need to consider these three things!

Before you ask ALL your friends on social media for advice on how to decorate your home, you need to consider these three things!

May 3, 2022

Cousin Larry will say he has the same problem decorating his house.

Susan down the street will give you advice about using traditional design elements like Tiffany lamps and doilies.

Rhonda across town will tell you everything looks better in purple and lime green. 

 

Asking your 500 friends on social media for design advice is basically inviting:

* a headache

* confusion

* indecision

* frustration

* overwhelm

 

Not only that, making a public declaration that you are accepting the opinion of 500 people will likely mean that you'll be receiving the opinion of 500 people! If you don't already have a grasp of your design aesthetic before placing your all-call, imagine the work you'll need to do to comb through 500 opinions just to try to BEGIN to see your own. 

IT'S JUST NOT WORTH IT! 

In today's episode I share three reasons why casting a wide net of design advice is a BAD idea and what you could do instead. The number ONE thing you can do? Learn your aesthetic. Becoming a student of design allows you the freedom to learn your aesthetic, and sister friend, your aesthetic is as unique to you as your fingerprints. Learning your aesthetic allows you to:

* make design decisions with confidence

* get out of the overwhelm in home design

* stop the cycle of buying and returning because you're not sure once you get it home

* appreciate different styles in the store without making the mistake of buying them and bringing them home

 

// Links mentioned in show: //

Email your questions: figandfarmathome@gmail.com

Join the waitlist (Learning your aesthetic using Pinterest course): 

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

 

Happy styling!

xo,

dani

 

 

Spring into home series (pt. 3): // Cleaning // Is it REALLY possible to clean your home in one hour a week? This four part system teaches you how!

Spring into home series (pt. 3): // Cleaning // Is it REALLY possible to clean your home in one hour a week? This four part system teaches you how!

April 28, 2022

Cleaning...LOVE it or HATE it? 

 

Before I started using this FOUR part system for home cleaning, I only believed a clean house could happen one of these four ways (I always fell into category 1):

1. Company's coming...ALL the frenzied cleaning action needs to happen NOW!

2. Hire out...not worth your time or effort!

3. Cleaning...what's that and why bother?

4. Whistle while you mop because you LOVE cleaning!

 

THIS FOUR PART SYSTEM

is a game changer! 

Cleaning in:

     * Manageable steps

     * An hour or less each week

     * Partnership with those you share your home with

     * Preparation for enjoying your home, rather than obligation 

 

Cleaning is part three of our spring into home series - a foundational and systematic part that is essential before we begin to make our homes beautiful. 

Missed Part 2 (Organizing)? Listen here

Missed Part 1 (Editing)? Listen here

 

// Links mentioned in show: //

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

A Mother's Day Design Package Just for You!: www.figandfarmathome.com 

(scroll all the way to the bottom)

 

 

 

 

Is it time to get off the hamster wheel of indecision and step into home design action?! What to tell your partner you want this year for Mother’s Day!

Is it time to get off the hamster wheel of indecision and step into home design action?! What to tell your partner you want this year for Mother’s Day!

April 26, 2022

When it comes to Mother's Day, do you have traditions? Does your day look the same year to year? The same gift? The same activity? The same take out dinner?

 

Your husbands can thank me later for doing their shopping for them this Mother's Day!

Send them this link: www.figandfarmathome.com and have them scroll all the way to the bottom. It's right there ready for them, like the gift wrapping station at the mall! 

 

If you are constantly stuck in indecision, design overwhelm or comparison-itis, you don't know where to start you just know you want a change...Happy Mother's Day! These packages were put together to help get you out of design overwhelm and into action so you can finally have a home that you love coming home to!

 

Package 1: planning call with me, 1 mood board and 1 revision, plus access to my Bookshelf Style Guide 

Package 2: planning call with me, 2 mood boards and 1 revision each, plus access to my Bookshelf Style Guide

*Prices discounted for bundle purchase only and available until May 1, 2022

 

// Links Mentioned in Show: //

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

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

Work with me: figandfarmathome@gmail.com

Mother's Day Package: https://www.figandfarmathome.com

 

Happy styling!

xo,

Dani

 

 

Spring into home series (pt.2): // Organizing // Creating a home that serves you starts with these three simple steps.

Spring into home series (pt.2): // Organizing // Creating a home that serves you starts with these three simple steps.

April 21, 2022

Organizing...you either love it or you hate it. Why is so important when really what you want is a beautiful home? No matter how pretty your home is, if your home isn't working FOR you, it will be making you work for it which ultimately robs you of the time and energy to enjoy this beautiful space you just created! 

 

7 other reasons why organizing is important:

1. Creates efficiency in your home

2. Makes spaces easier to use

3. Makes enlisting help from small hands (or hubby hands) easier because they know where to find things

4. Saves you money because you don't go out and buy the thing that you 'just know you have' but can't find anywhere

5. Allows you the space to see your things which means - continual editing (or decluttering)

6. Sets the stage for keeping things tidy in the future

7. It can be pretty

 

HOW do you organize? Following these three steps makes it easier than you think:

1. Edit your space 

Listen to last week's episode: Spring design series (pt. 1): Editing// The progression to decorating doesn't ACTUALLY start with all the pretty things...we're taking it WAY back to the beginning

 

2. Start with a broad space you'd like to organize (i.e. Pantry)...plan sub-categories within that space (i.e. breakfast shelf, dinner shelf, snack shelf)...plan micro-niche categories within that (i.e. pasta basket, jars for grains, canned goods area). Assigning an appropriate amount of space for your belongings will help you successfully create boundaries for your things to stay within.

 

3. Think vertically. Use forgotten spaces by going UP not just out. But remember, going up doesn't mean you have space for more...it means you are being more efficient with the space you have!

 

// Links mentioned in show: //

Quiz: Does your home serve you or are you serving your home? 

Join the newsletter: figandfarmathome@gmail.com

 

 

It wasn’t always roses…or maybe it was…my decorator’s journey started long before the nap time stripes on the walls.

It wasn’t always roses…or maybe it was…my decorator’s journey started long before the nap time stripes on the walls.

April 19, 2022

Full disclosure: this episode is teary. As today marks the fourth anniversary of my mom's passing, I share a bit more history about her role in helping to shape me into a creative, and ultimately, a decorator. The story, however, is not all roses and could be triggering for some to listen to. The story is also honoring as I share some of the creative talents that I was witness to and learned first hand from. 

You'll hear that one of my mom's many talents was as a seamstress and in honor of her today, and in light of today being a quick tip Tuesday, I'm sharing a tutorial for how to sew pillow covers. It's easier than you think and if you can sew a straight line, you'll be brilliant in creating a pillow cover!

How to sew a pillow cover: https://youtu.be/VYpgUWpx-ZM

 

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