Decorate the One Krieger Chick way…

Happy Monday!  Seriously…it has been absolutely beautiful the past couple days and I am loving it!  I don’t think I realized just how much I needed warm sunshining weather until I was able to wear flip flops and pull out the Summer clothes.  

We had a semi-busy, but fun weekend involving…A family trip to Home Depot (always fun) where a couple who I thought was annoyed with how my boys were not sitting still in or around the cart, walked past us and said “Looks like a whole lotta oneryness there.” I just laughed and then she followed with “Enjoy them…You’re going to miss this…We sure do.”  Kind of knocked me down a peg.

My oldest and I had a movie and lunch date, which was just what we needed since we don’t get to spend as much time together now that he’s in full-day school.  My Middle son refused to participate at his first T-Ball practice…let’s hope this week goes better.  And I had the opportunity to meet and have dinner with the Ahalogy team at the Kansas City Meet-Up…If you are a blogger and have not signed up for Ahalogy- Do it Now!  The stuff they are coming up with and will be sharing soon is pretty cool…to say the least.

So…You may have seen this over on Sugar Bee Crafts, but just in case you missed it…I’m sharing how I decorate…The One Krieger Chick way.

Wanna know my secret…Decorate With What You Love.  

Yep. That’s it.

I have a very signature style…ask anyone who has been to my home.  It’s a little country with pops of  color, antiques mixed with current pieces…and a whole lotta ME! Decorating-the-One-Krieger-Chick-way-sharing-my-tips-for-making-your-house-a-home

How do I mix and match and make it work?  Here are a few of my secrets…

If you LOVE it, it will work…

Just because it is in style or in the latest magazine, doesn’t mean YOU have to use it. You live in the space and have to be comfortable.  Show off a collection or antique.  If you love it, it will fit in your home…somewhere.  Your home should be a reflection of who you are.  When people come to my home, they often tell me it is “So Me…”  or “Just how they imagined my house would look…”  I take that as a compliment.  

Your Home should be a reflection of YOU…

Don’t Match.  Don’t buy a matching set for a Bedroom…or Living Room.  1- It’s typically more expensive. and 2- It’s Boring.  Mismatched pieces are more interesting and typically less expensive.  Paint a piece or combine an antique with some new pieces.  Why not? My Dining Room Chairs were bound for the trash until I gave them a unified look… One Chair Two Looks {1} Laugh Out Loud

Add something in each room that makes you smile, giggle, laugh when you see it.  A sign with a quote, picture of your kids, a vacation moment, a random thrift store treasure or item given as a white elephant gift…We need more to smile about!  Plus, how fun to laugh or giggle or remember a special moment in each room of your home.  It doesn’t have to make sense or have meaning to anyone but YOU. Each of the photos on my Gallery Style Photo Board has a special meaning…I love that I can remember the story behind each photo whenever I look at them…Also works as an instant pick-me-up! Striped Gallery Style Photo Board

Expanding on what I just said…Add a conversation piece.  An item that gets attention, raises eyebrows, or brings on questions from guests.  This big metal “K” does all three…As does the wall of doors… Spring mantle{Onekriegerchick.com}

Color, Color, Color…

Don’t be afraid of some color.  Most new homes are a sea of beige.  If you’re afraid to paint the walls (or can’t due to lease agreements)…Add bright throw pillows on the sofa tea towel in the kitchen or paint a couple pieces of furniture.  Not only will it make the room feel more cheerful, but it will make you smile.  Simply covering my bar stools made a huge impact in my kitchen. Laminated barstool cushions I Onekriegerchick.com

Bring the Outdoors In…

Add live plants or fresh flowers if possible.  Plants feel fresh and cheerful and make for a healthier living environment.  They will help to lift a mood…even if you’re not aware of it.  Succulents are super popular right now and are super easy to take care of…I’ve only had one die on me and I always forget to water them.  So far so good on the Indoor Tabletop Garden I planted, although it is now in my kitchen window not on the table… Indoor Garden with ombre polka dot pots

Think FREE…

Decorating your home and making it a place you love doesn’t have to be expensive!  So many of my furniture pieces were FREE…or close to it.  No kidding!  Paint does wonders.  When I bought my first home as young single teacher, I barely made enough to cover my house payment, bills and student loans.  I also had very expensive taste…still do.  You can have an expensive look without spending much.  I shopped thrift stores and the Curb (aka other people’s trash) and had a very cute home!  I still use many of those pieces in my home decor.  We’ve used many old doors in our current home…Partially we love the weathered look and character, but they were also inexpensive or FREE…

His and Hers pillow covers made with a Sharpie!

Always a Plan B…

Don’t be afraid to try something.  I cannot tell you how many decorating ideas I’ve tried that looked amazing in my head, but looked awful in real life. I know you’ve heard this before, but think outside the box.  There’s always Plan B, right!

 Now that my decorating secrets are out…What are yours?

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      onekriegerchick says

      Thanks Rachel…You are so sweet! I used to question my style, but now I just go with it! Hope you have a Happy Mother’s Day!
      ~Ariean

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      onekriegerchick says

      You’re too cute…I love your style! Loved meeting you too…It was sooo nice to put faces to names! Your recap post was spot-on!
      Have a Happy Day!
      ~Ariean

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    says

    Thanks for all of the tips! I love your style and the way you put stuff together. You really have a knack for it!

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    Jenny says

    You always have the most adorable ideas! Jason and I have a BIG list to accomplish this summer. We want to pretty much one by one re organize and decorate rooms and the yard (with the guidance of your husband) I’m so excited to get started and see what Jason and I can create! SOOO many ideas, not enough space!

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      onekriegerchick says

      Thanks so much Jenny! You’re pretty darn creative too…I bet your home is already adorable! My problem is too many ideas, not enough time. Love to see what you do…I’ll stop by during your yard makeover. :)
      Happy Mother’s Day!
      ~Ariean

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      onekriegerchick says

      Thanks so much, Shannah! I used to doubt my style, but now I just embrace it. Loved meeting you in real life…Google Hangouts are going to be just that more fun now! Have a Happy Mother’s Day!
      ~Ariean

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