Saturday, April 25, 2009

Fierce Decorating, Lesson 1: Find A Focal Point

My first decorating tip is a fairly simple one: make a theme in the space you are working with by using something you find beautiful as your focal point and working outward from there. It could be anything from a throw blanket with a design you love to a painting by your favorite artist to something as simple as a small vase. For example, I am in love with this new lamp I made using one of my all-time favorite fabrics and it would serve as an amazing inspiration piece for my bedroom.

This doesn't mean that my entire room has to feature this fabric - I can use anything with complimenting colors or patterns to accent my favorite elements of the lamp. For instance, a bed set along these lines would make an alluring backdrop for my focal point while still adding depth to the overall decor.

It’s ok to throw in little accents with the same fabric as long as it's not overwhelming - possibly a couple throw pillows, or a valance over the window. Once you have the major elements of the room in place, you can start working on those little details that really make a room stand out. I'm a huge fan of candles and knick-knack shelves or finding things that are meaningful to you and displaying them in a unique way. Splashes of your personality sprinkled around can really add a lot of beauty and emotion to a room.

That's it for this lesson, check back soon for the next one!

Here are a few handmade home decor items I found on Etsy that I think are brilliant, and maybe they'll inspire you to go home and revamp your living space!

Victorian Gothic Red and Black Teacup Candleholder by AmericanGirl51

Coffin - table shelf by HellsElves

Skeleton Key, key Holder by esix8

Monday, April 20, 2009

Why Alternative Home Decor?

I have always loved home décor. When I moved into my first apartment on my own, I was so excited to decorate and turn my space into a place where I felt comfortable and at home. I was only 20 at the time so funds were limited, but when you know where to look you can do really amazing things on a budget. Over the years as I’ve become more established, I do like to splurge here and there for really nice pieces for my home and now that I’m married it’s even more fun to merge the two styles into something that works for us as a couple.
Where am I going with all this you ask? Well, I think a lot of people don’t look at home décor the way I do, as an extension of your own personal style. It’s easy to buy clothes and jewelry to express yourself, but how many of you come home to a place that truly shows off who you are? I’ve realized that starting Fabulously Fierce was a way for me to try to pass on my love of alternative home décor and show the public that it IS easy to express your style in your home! It doesn't have to be a daunting task - it can be fun AND simple!
I have been pondering what direction to take this blog for some time now and I've decided that I want to start sharing decorating tips, advice, articles, etc. I want the public to see how much you can transform the look and feel of your home just by adding a few key pieces to it. So, stay tuned for what's to come - and tell your friends ;) Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Booze Broads and Hotrods

Seriously, could it get any hotter than this!? Classic cars, great music and the Bombshells!! Come out for their 11th annual event on April 18th. Fabulously Fierce is proud to be vending there for the first time this year. Stop by and say hello!

Check out event details HERE