Freshening Things Up: The Decorative Oomph

The parallels between writing about interior design and decorating and working with interior design and decorating aren’t as different as you may think.  At least four times a year I go back into the blog dashboard and select blocks of posts to reread for the sake of relevancy.  I look at my foundation design and decorating advice as the good bones of the post and keep it squarely in place.  Images and sources aka the accent pieces of the post are what’s up for creative and decorating reconsideration. Freshening things up applies to design and decor everything, and when you get down to it, do we as decoristas ever really place the period at the end of the design and decorating sentence?  A comma perhaps, but never a period. New seasons, new reasons and new phases of decorating life bring about new ideas and arrangements.  If interior design, decorating and fashion magazines churned out dated and tired information it would be time to cancel the subscription.  My mother-in-law taught by example the importance of rearranging, re-positioning and refreshing the look of a space in order to achieve a very important element of design and decorating- the decorative oomph.

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“It is always the simple that produces the marvelous.”

~ Amelia Barr

Now I’m not suggesting a costly and/or timely undertaking. What I’m talking about is applying the principle of musical chairs. There are several definitions for the term, and the confusing, rapid and all over the place definition does not apply here.  What I’m referring to is this:

musical chairs


• a series of changes or exchanges of position

An affordable and easier than you think solution to the decorative doldrums is to rearrange and redistribute items.  Some of my best moves, decoratively speaking, have come about from actually sitting still long enough in the space and studying the entire contents of the room.  Sit down.  Look at the accents, art, accessories, etc…

Do items deliver a different look from one position or visual level than another?

Do you notice the decorative oomph?

Decorative accents are ripe for the let’s move this to another spot picking.


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I bet there is not a single one of us who hasn’t moved this over here and this over there at one time or another complete with a that looks ten times better there result.  I call those design and decorating V8 moments.

double-socket-lampsOne Kings Lane

Antiques auctions provided Hopefully Classic and Places In The Home with a rotating inventory. There was a whole lot of updating going on at the shop and at the house. Good and stylish times.  Like a moth to a flame, my eyes and bid card would lock on decorative lamps in need of TLC- total lighting care.


Rewired and ready for double decorative duty as part accent, part task lighting these double socket treasures would be fitted with one soft white light bulb and one soft pink light bulb. The result is visually pleasing and creates a surprisingly balanced look- the decorative oomph.

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Is that new?

No, it was in the __________.

As a frequent player of the musical home decor game, I have been asked that question or a variation of it a couple of hundred times.  It seems the biggest decorative impact is made when I move art around.   A quick rearrange of a gallery grouping or swap around is as near an instant response of is that new that I can guarantee. Behind almost every piece of art in this house is a positive testimony to the wonder of nail hole filler.  Here’s a tip: fill in a small nail hole(s) with white toothpaste.  We’ve been doing this for years, and it works like a charm!  So does the toothpaste.

Incorporate the decorative oomph into a space by executing a series of changes or exchanges of position.  It’s a great way to rejuvenate the look, feel and personality of the space, and an easy way to balance the scales of space and design on a dime.

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