Create the Style You Crave on a Budget You Can Afford: The Sweet Spot Guide to Home Decor
Create the Style You Crave is different from most decorating books. While filled with visual eye candy, it also explores how creatively expressing yourself in your home and gardens helps you create the life you really want to live. No matter your budget or style, you’ll be inspired by stories of everyday women with busy lives and limited budgets who have infused personal values, meaning, and style into making their own “sweet spot” homes. Instead of feeling overwhelmed you will feel inspired as you see how other women like you have done it. You will develop your own sense of style by making a mood board and will have access to loads of resources, both online and off, so that you can create an environment that reflects who you are and what you want, so you can draw more of that into your life.
inexpensive local materials. And our home evolved over many years since we could only do things when we could afford them. Some of the features of our home evolved out of mistakes, some of our choices of materials were limited by our financial situation, and the fact that many outside people helped us build the house means that some parts of the house are rustic and roughly done while others are quite careful and finished. Luckily straw bale is a forgiving and organic material that allows for
me being a visual artist, and my husband a musician, we surround ourselves in a community of creative-type folks. Our home is certainly a reflection of that. It is filled with original arts and crafts made by artists whom we know and adore. Jack’s grandfather was a fantastic artist, and we’ve been lucky to be able to include several of his works in our collection. Alongside the art, we often hang musical instruments, some still in use and some retired. And in handmade bowls are fresh fruit and
amount of content on décor related blogs. Blogs come and go, but there a few really great ones that are here to stay. Below are a few of my favorites. FAVORITE BLOGS • Decor8: decor8blog.com • Design Sponge: designsponge.com • Young House Love: younghouselove.com • A Beautiful Mess: abeautifulmess.com • Apartment Therapy: apartmenttherapy.com • Dreamy Whites: dreamywhites.blogspot.com • Happy Interior Blog: happyinteriorblog.com • Dwell: dwell.com • The Selby:
the same time. Which do you choose? A. You were once told you needed a new motor, but you drove the car for five more years. You’ll deal with the heating system when, or if, it really needs replacing. You go for the kitchen remodel without hesitation. B. Nervous about not having heat, you take out an extra home loan but continue with the kitchen remodel—hey, both items will help with the resale value, right? C. The idea of more debt makes you cringe and heat is essential. The kitchen will have
your Sweet Spot? For sure, it’s my serene escape from reality. What tips do you have to help others create their own Sweet Spot home? Never get anything when you’re stressed out or in a bad mood. Only get things when you have a good energy. The energy will be transferred to the piece you get and then gleam blissfully in your own home. Anything else you’d like readers to know about? Let the sun shine. A Love Affair with New Orleans Erin Gandy: Mother, Grad Student, Airbnb Host Lives in: