Smart girl’s guide to colorful eclectic decorating.

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Until recently, I didn’t realize that colorful eclectic decorating was even a thing…

All I knew was that I LOVE whitespace, with happy, pops of color. And because I had to do everything on a slim budget, I would often rely on random pieces that I would spray paint to match my favorite colors, or hang a screen printed freebie that Scott got at a conference to my wall.

I thought, “Hey… maybe this is a little, quirky…”, and I was perfectly happy with that. Then I started getting complements, and questions like, “How do you make the randomness look good together?”, so today I’m going to show you just how easy, affordable, and fun this style of decorating can be!!

 

1.  Pick your neutral. 

Your neutral base is going to have a huge impact on the color scheme that you go with. Eclectic decorating is seemingly random at first, but if you look carefully, all of the colors ‘work’ together. In my office, for example, you will see reoccurring colors that are actually used over and over again in my shop.

Because we live in a rental, I didn’t get to choose my paint color, but most everything I have is a bright white, with a few gray things here and there. I really love how using white as a neutral can brighten and open up a space, so my shelving and large items are all white.

 

2. Pick 2-3 ‘base’ colors.

Picking your base colors doesn’t mean that you can only use those colors. It just gives you a color guideline to work with. My base colors are hot pink, yellow, and gold. As you can tell from the photo up top, I have WAY more than those 3 colors, but all of the ‘extra’ colors that you see actually work together. This just helps to keep it eclectic and not psychedelic!

Keeping paint chips in your wallet is a great way to always have a color guide on hand. Next time you see a piece of decor or art that you like in the store, hold up that base color paint chips next to it, and see if it works together! It takes the guess work and stress out of picking new pieces!

 

 

3. Use different sized picture frames.

Some of my posters are hung with binder clips that are pinned up with straight pins, but I seriously love me some picture frames. Wether you spray paint an old one from the thrift store, or use a bright colored one from IKEA, using different sized picture frames can create interest and tell a story. My wall is full of posters that were designed by graphic designer friends, printables from my shop and my friends’ shops, a letter from Joanna Gaines (totally not kidding!), and a shadow box that contains a locket from some dear friends that told me to never give up when I was around 14 years old.

Those are things that mean a lot to me, motivate me, and tell my story, but everyone’s story is so different. Your story would be beautiful in its own unique way. ❤️

 

4. Find accent pieces to hang between the frames.

Some people prefer to only hang frames in a gallery type layout, but I really enjoy hanging a little ‘bling’ here and there. All of my accent pieces came from dollar bins and places like Michael’s $3 section. Because those spots tend to be seasonal, think ahead to what time of year your base colors will be popular.

Since my colors are pretty bright, they tend to come out around Valentine’s and a lot during the summer. A little preplanning will go a long way in saving you some money! And don’t you just want this T-Rex head on your wall???? ?

 

 

5. Experiment with storage solutions!

You want a good portion of your storage to be neat, stackable things that are going to help avoid the appearance of clutter, but having 1 or 2 unusual storage items can help to add a little character to the space. In my case, my unusual storage item is the bird cage shown in the top picture.

It has been a lifesaver for me! The drawers below it are full of wool yarn that I use to make my products, but once a skein of yarn is half used (not all products use a full skein), it’s hard to neatly store it in the drawer again. I’m able to place the leftover yarn in the bird cage without having to worry about it getting tangled up or having to dig through the drawers to find that tiny leftover ball.

 

 

Hope that gives you some fun ideas, and I can’t wait to see what you come up with! Tag me on social @TokyoBlossom, so I can see your finished work!

 

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Relaxing when there’s too much to do.

No matter what season of life we are in, I think it’s safe to say that at some point in our lives, we feel like relaxing is a luxury that we can’t afford.

If you’re a full time career woman, you are probably working long hours, sitting in traffic, waiting to get home while trying not to let the stress of crazy drives get to you. If you’re a stay at home mom, trying to find a second to get a shower is a miracle some days! And to those of you who are full time stay at home moms who are also trying to grow or run a business… well I am giving you all the virtual hugs possible.

I didn’t mention every possible life scenario, but the truth is, we could all use a minute to breathe and I’m here to tell you that it can be done with a little creativity!

1. Use a shower speaker.

This was an incredibly thoughtful Christmas gift from Scott this last year. I really struggled towards the end of last year to find time to listen to audio books and podcasts for both my business and personal growth. I started to get discouraged, because no matter how well I organized my day, I was struggling to find time to really make learning a priority. I generally take pretty short showers, but listening to podcasts and audio books for 10-15 minutes a day really adds up!

 

2. Soak in the tub while listening to said shower speaker.

So I realize that this tip is a little more out of the way than just using a speaker in a shower you are already taking anyway, but this is something I have recently had to make time for. I’ve never struggled with insomnia in my life till this last month and a half. No matter how much I tried to relax, not worry, or pray, I would toss and turn. It was like the harder I tried to let go of everything that was going on, the more my body would tense up.

I found that soaking in a tub with epsom salts and a few drops of relaxing lavender essential oils really put me to sleep. Listening to some soothing music or a good book was definitely an added bonus!

 

3. Find a candle you enjoy.

This lavender candle is my new favorite. FYI, sometimes Kroger has them on sale at a really great price. I think I paid somewhere between $5-6 for the small one? I love burning it while I’m doing my devotions in the morning or even putting it on the kitchen counter while I’m cleaning. Who said you had to have a special occasion? ?

 

4. Make time for tea… or whatever you prefer in your mug.

 

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Heart coasters in the shop!

I have a very distinct memory of being served tea as a child. Everywhere we went, we were sitting and drinking tea. Even when we went to my grandparents house, my grandmother would keep the pot of green tea full and we would sit and sip on that tea and nibble on whatever snacks she had served before running off to play.

I realize that is definitely a cultural thing, and as a child, aside from the snacks, it was kind of tough to sit there on the floor as my legs went numb, but now as an adult I really wish I made time to do that more often. I’ll be the first to admit that this is not a regular part of my life… I mean honestly… I have to reheat my coffee at least 2 times before I finish it.

I’m just putting this here because I want to remember to take the time to do this, even if it’s only once in a while. I have found that when I do, my kiddo usually wants to join me. He usually takes 2 sips and runs off to play, but during those few short minutes, I’m not in a hurry and I take the time to listen to what he wants to tell me. It ends up being a win win. So tea, coffee, or cocoa… it might help you to bond with your loved ones.

 

5. Write down what you are grateful for.

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I love to blog and write about things that are going on through social media, but I have never been big on journaling. I do however, find that taking the time to write down a couple of things that I am thankful for really helps me change the outlook on my day or month. I love using the gratitude page in my Brilliant Life Planner , but your could use something as simple as a small notebook to write down things to be grateful for.

When I first started doing this, I was concerned that I might run out of things to write about. But I was wrong… The more I think about what to write, the more I realize that there are so many things that I forget about or take for granted.

 

Do you have any ideas, tips, or tricks on relaxing that work for you? I would love to hear about them!

 

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