Did you know that April is National Decorating Month?  I don’t know about you, but I don’t really need a special month to enjoy, embrace and study all things decorating.  But I can see the wisdom in setting aside a month to think on our home decor. It gives us a chance/reason to look around to see where we might freshen things up, update and use our things in a different way.  So, count me in…

Seems a perfect time to share my latest project. For as long as I remember, I have used the bright, colorful French Provincial palette to decorate my little home office.  Moving to our townhouse was a perfect time to rethink layout, color and design for every room, not just my office space.

It all started with this. This was once my favorite chair. This flame stitch fabric with its tone on tone was so beautiful. While on-loan to a family with empty rooms, it unfortunately was returned to us with signs that the family cat had loved the chair, too. I couldn’t bear to part with it, so I brought it to the townhouse with no notion of where it would go. It wound up it in the junk room and I grieved its demise.

Then I read this book:  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.  The author suggested that we declutter by touching every item in our home and asking this critical question:  “Does this give me joy?”

Following the author’s advice, I started with my closet. It was timely since I’m now sharing a closet with the Mr. for the first time in 26 years. Bags of clothes exited my home-why? Because they gave me no joy.

Then I considered the beautiful white chair sitting in my junk room knowing it probably felt forlorn and forgotten. And, so I asked the question?  Does this give me joy?  A resounding, “yes.”  But, with one condition-it needed a slipcover to make us both feel better.

Enter stacks and stacks of fabric books-then this happened and it brought me joy! 

Honoring April as National Decorating will be fun as I share how my little ratty chair became my “inspiration piece” for my office makeover.  To be continued…….

Share some of your transformations with us! 

Bold floral pattern in neutral color