The SLOW Method: Why I Love to Decorate

There are many ways to decorate a home. Both homeowners and designers have different methods. The slow decorating method allowed me to create the desired room while staying within my budget.

Do you recall this photo of a bed with the bedding that I loved and shared last year?

The photo was taken at a local furniture shop, and I used it as inspiration for my bedroom remodel. The duvet, quilt, and shams were out of my price range, so I had to let them go and find something within my budget.

It did not matter how stressful it was, as I knew that time would allow me to find the right bedding for me. I was right, I found the bedding I wanted.

My years of experience in decorating and my mother’s advice long ago taught me that I would love every item in a room if I took the slow route when decorating it.

It is a wise investment to let the decor evolve so that it suits my style, comfort, and functional needs.

It may be that you remember me telling you that I took 9 months to locate 6 baskets to fill the kitchen shelves of my previous house, and more than a year to finish my studioffice.

The only time I made a quick room makeover was for a sponsored post that a group of bloggers took part in, Colour Lovers. I had been planning the room since we moved in and had been using Pinterest and a clipping board of inspiration.

Decorating is not something I do in a rush. I have plenty of time to decorate my bedroom and other rooms the way I like.

A month ago, while out and about looking for something in particular, I came upon these large square flange pillows that were made in the same pattern as my inspiration bed photo.

I laughed and was reminded of the power of the universe to bring things to you, if you just take the time to see and allow it to happen… spiritually and in the material world

Although the pillows might be different from what inspired my bed’s styling and colors, they are a great addition to the overall design.

A few weeks back, I found California Design Den online while looking for something utterly unrelated to decor. When up appeared an image that caught my attention enough to make me want go to their website

The Everyday Comfort Navy Polka dot sheets they sell is what made my decorating heart go pitter patter.

You’ve probably been following my blog for a while and know that I love classic polka dots.

Although I was still determining if the sheets were within my budget, I clicked on the link to see the $60 price for a set quality, 100% cotton, deep-pocket, silky satin weave King size sheets with a 400thread count. I knew these sheets were what I needed to complete my bed makeover.

I love the subtle pattern of the Polka Dots. It adds a touch more style and interest to my bedding.

I learned a lot about maintaining the softness of cotton sheets by reading the information included with my sheet set. It explained how skilled artisans make ethically-made sheets.

How to keep sheets soft after every wash

You’ve probably heard that quality cotton sheets become softer the more you wash them. Did you know that sheets can become rough if dried in the dryer? I did not.

After getting new sheets, I discovered that I enjoy ironing my pillow cases.

Keep sheets dry for a short time. Wash them on a long cycle with no detergent and then dry quickly.

My bedroom transformation took 8 months. I found affordable options by staying focused and taking things slow.

My Slow Decorating Tips

  • Before you buy anything, take the time to experience the space. You will be able to see the flow of light in the space and what you need to make it more comfortable.
  • Only buy something to make your room look better. It is possible to regret the purchase later or find something better.
  • Keep the receipts from all purchases you make for your room. Even if you are sure you love something, you might bring it home and find it isn’t right or it doesn’t fit. You can return it without any hassle if you have the receipt.
  • You can always keep inspiration close at hand – a Pinterest board, or notebook, for all your ideas. It is a great resource to keep track of your ideas and to help you decide what style works best for your space.