Refresh Your Space in 2018 | Part 1

Happy New Year, friends!! Many people are making resolutions to get in shape, finding their word of the year & are inspired to make changes in their lives.  I set goals for myself & dream about what I hope to accomplish in the upcoming year. As the decorations come down our homes seem bare.  I purge a lot of my things, rearrange, restyle.  It seems like the perfect time to refresh some of the spaces in my home or finish projects that I've neglected over the past few months. Do you need to refresh your spaces this year?  This two part series is going to guide you in doing just that.   For the next 2 weeks, I'm going to walk you step by step to taking any space in your home & helping you give it a little facelift. Are you ready to get started?  

1. Choose Your Room

Walk around your house & decide which room(s) need some love.  It can be a full room, a built in that needs restyling, your pantry or junk drawers that need to be organized. Which will be the simplest? Which room will take the longest? Figure out the 3 rooms/spaces that you want to tackle & prioritize them.  Once you have them prioritized now comes the fun part.  Take before pictures of the room you'll be doing. Be sure to share your before pics on Instagram tagging me @southernfarmhousedesigns & using the #ROOMREFRESH2018 hashtag.  

2. Create a Budget

This part isn't all that fun but you'll thank me when it's all said & done.  Sit down & create a budget for your space.  What is the max that you can spend on this space?  And don't think that just because you have a small budget doesn't mean you can't make a big impact.  I promise you can, and I'll teach you how a little later on.  We will get very creative with your budget.  Write down your budget & plan to stick to it!

3. Get Inspired

Now for the fun part, head on over to Pinterest & create a board specifically for your room.  Go crazy pinning, be sure to make notes on the images of what you like.  Once you've spent a couple of hours pinning (because we all know we can't just spend 10 minutes on Pinterest at a time), then go back through your board.  Delete anything that will take you out of your budget.  Example, if you cannot afford to hire someone to come in & put in new flooring in your room, then don't pin floor tiles.  You may have to DIY that & paint your floors or find a rug to cover the floors.  If you are changing out light fixtures & you have your heart set on one that is over $1500, but your budget is only $700, then go ahead & take it off your board.  No need to keep staring at it because it's not going to happen.  Don't fret though, you may be surprised to find something similar for half the cost once you start shopping.  

In all seriousness though, go through your board & curate it.  Keep things on it that you actually love & can do within your time frame & budget.  Images that you love, but just can't do now, put on another board to save them for later.  

4. Make a Plan

You know your room, you have your budget, & you have been inspired, now it's time to come up with a plan.  Figure out exactly you want to do in your space--adding new lights? Painting? New rug?  Make a list of all the new things you need in order to complete the project.  You may even get crazy & draw your space.  It’s so important that you make some sort of plan.  It can always change as you go, but it’s a good idea to start with a plan. 

Four big steps for this week to help you start the process of refreshing your space.  Next week we will tackle some fun & not so fun parts, but essential steps that must be taken. Be sure to download my Quick Guide Checklist to guide you through the process!