Sleeping Single in a Double Bed? Home Decorating Strategies for Single Women

Remember that old song “Sleeping Single in a Double Bed?” Are you waiting for Prince Charming to come along before you create a home for yourself that is a comfortable and nurturing haven that supports your life? Why not create a special place for yourself in the home you live in now?! Who knows, ekszer-elek if your place is one of genuine self-expression, you just might attract that special male someone who loves your sense of personal style.

Some strategies to get you started:

The Real Deal. Some self-examination will help you determine where you are currently at, home décor-wise, in your life. It’s time to be you! When you’re single, you get to call the shots. I know married people who have never had the luxury of complete self-expression in their homes, gudu so enjoy this time in your life; it’s all a matter of perspective.

Timely Timing. If you are recently divorced or widowed and are still living in the home you once shared with your mate, empty walls where memories once stood can evoke sadness. That’s okay. If you’ve moved on to a new space, panic can strike when looking at bare white walls. Never fear. This too shall pass. And when it does, you’ll be energized and ready to re-create a nest that suits your life now. hobbijaim

Nifty Notebook. Now is the time to create your “Fantasy Home Notebook”–your “power tool” for your new space. Buy a 3 ring notebook, divider tabs, and clear sheet protectors. Label the tabs by room. Your notebook will keep your projects organized.

Picture Pretty. Peruse a stack of home magazines and start clipping. Do any pictures in the magazines especially catch your eye? A certain house style? An upscale chic urban apartment? A particular color? A zebra print rug? Dream! Anything that makes your heart jump with joy, cut out and paste on a piece of 3-hole-punched white paper and insert it into your notebook. Take as long as you need to do this creative process. receptek

Furniture Fantasy. With your notebook in hand, browse through several high quality furniture stores with no agenda other than to look. Skip the cheap stores because you’re indulging in a fantasy. Forget about the high price tags. And don’t take your girlfriend along–this is a self-examination process for you to decide what makes your heart sing!

Furnishings Fun. The minute you hear your heart say, “I love that!” about a certain piece, you’ve hit a “bingo.” Ask a salesperson for the item number and any literature or photos of any pieces you love. Don’t buy today! If it’s a one of a kind piece, you can ask that it be put on hold for 24 hours. olcsobbszerviz

Delicious Taste. Just one piece of furniture you fall in love with can become the foundational piece for your whole new space. If you once had modern style with a mate you’ve now parted with, and your real love is French Country, go for it! When I was a professional organizer I worked with a woman who had a huge 4 bedroom colonial house with a lot of junky furniture left by her former husband. Selling that large house freed her financially and emotionally to create a charming French Country getaway for herself in a small two bedroom apartment. Her beautiful new surroundings reflected her true personal taste, and enabled her work to flourish. witham

Evolving Evaluation. Once you’ve determined what new style suits you, evaluate what furnishings and accessories you already own. If there’s anything you don’t absolutely love, either consign it or donate it. Money from consignment sales can be used toward new purchases.

Consumer Savvy. Now set a real life budget and do some comparison shopping. Unless you are very wealthy, check out moderately priced stores, the internet, consignment stores, and even garage sales. Take your notebook with you and show it to the salesperson. You’ll be amazed at how you can duplicate a “champagne look” on a “soda pop” budget. Don’t buy cheaply made furniture; buy the best quality you can afford within your budget.

Now that you’ve purchased your new furnishings and accessories, it’s how you arrange it and pull it all together artfully that makes it feel like home. If that process is daunting for you, read some good interior redesign books, or hire an interior decorator to help you get it all just right for you, because it’s time to enjoy and celebrate your beautiful new home and lifestyle!


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