Small updates are easy and inexpensive, yet can add so much personality to a space. Lately, I've been making little changes to our home -- the approach of spring is a perfect time for change!
Several Christmases ago, I sewed simple evelope covers for my pillows to add to the festive decor. Our kitchen windowseat was the first space to be de-Christmased, and the bright colors were an instant mood-lifter, signaling warmer weather on the horizon. Just changing decor seasonally can have the impact of an entire room re-do.
More wallpaper! And floral! I added peel-and-stick wallpaper from Love vs. Design to my pantry ceiling! My favorite room in the house, the pantry, ironically, isn't really decorated. The ceiling was one place I could add some style without taking up valuable function in the space.
I finally got around to embellishing my curtains at the top of the stairs. A few years ago, I purchased some AMAZING curtains from Society 6 that I hung and instantly fell in love with. But I quickly realized they weren't going to work -- they were blackout, and the sun filtering through is a must, plus I had just papered the stair risers and it was a bit much. So I replaced the curtains with simple IKEA ones I had on hand. They were boring (and uneven, and I hated the tab-top), but after a few other tries, I determined solid cream curtains worked better than patterned; still, they needed something! From the bottom of the stairs, the new pom-pom trim adds some detail without competing with the floral staircase risers. Vintage floral fabric (from a tablecloth) was used to take the curtains to the floor (and add more fun which the small hallway can take).
Raised on a farm in Rushford, Minnesota, one of nine children. Graduated from Winona State University in 2001. Majored in English Writing and Minored in Women's Studies and Art. Studied Interior Design at Dakota County Technical College from 2004-05. Married Benjamin Ries of Vermillion, Minnesota, in August of 2005. Moved to Spearfish, South Dakota (thus putting Interior Design studies on hold) in September 2005. Welcomed a daughter in 2006 and a son in 2007. Moved to Zimmerman. Minnesota in December of 2007, then to El Paso, Wisconsin in May of 2011.