Saturday, August 30, 2014

Pulling It All Together - Starfish Cottage

Today I am extra thrilled to have Kristy from Starfish Cottage.  When I asked her how she "Pulls it all together", she really took that to heart.  She gives us the best tutorial and picture tour of how to really Pull A Room Together.  I love it.  She makes it all so easy and even has a name for how she does it.  

Hi! I am Kristy from Starfish Cottage, a little blog all about life in a coastal cottage.  
I am so happy to be featured today on Marty's beautiful blog, A Stroll Thru Life.  Thanks for having me!
The name of Marty's feature is "Pulling it all Together" and I wanted to show you all how I pull together decorating the main room of the house, the Family Room/Kitchen/Breakfast Room...


The first thing you should know about me is that I have been diagnosed (well, self-diagnosed) with "Decorating ADHD" this is a serious disorder where you easily tire of one color scheme/pattern/look and are easily distracted by NEW colors and patterns and ideas.  
Unfortunately, I have been suffering from this disorder for YEARS, and it is a particularly harmful disorder if you are on a small BUDGET! 
Luckily, I have figured out a system that works well for me, and I am constantly updating our home for the seasons and not spending a fortune!  (More about that later...)
Here are a few of my favorite seasonal photos of Starfish Cottage from over the years, you will see how our home transforms colors and style with the seasons...




If you are wondering how I transform our home each season without spending a fortune, I have a little technique I like to call: 

What is "80/20 Style Decorating" you say?
It's something I just invented...well, I didn't invent it, but I have NAMED it.
Basically, 80/20 Style is:
80% neutral, classic furnishings and finishes
mixed with
20% colorful, trendy, seasonal accents.  This is how I have decorated for years!  Here's how it works:
80% of my home is neutral: white (of course), black, beige, and brown.  Most of my furniture is classic in style- nothing too contemporary or old fashioned, just timeless pieces.  Here are some photos of my classic/neutral basics:


creamy white sofa, clear seeded glass lamps, creamy white kitchen, neutral back splash, etc..

creamy white slip covered chairs, black iron and glass coffee table, khaki walls, natural seagrass rug,


white drapery panels, classic brown kitchen table, etc...
The 80% is the easy part- invest in great, neutral classic furnishings that will last you a long time and give you TONS of decorating flexibility!  Then neutralize your walls and finishes to keep everything open and easy to update. (P.S. I get questions ALL THE TIME about my white sofa- I have had it for 13 years, it has had 2 slipcovers.  I wash the covers when they get dirty and it is in great shape.  Luckily, I am not a perfectionist- so the few minor stains it does have I overlook!)

Now for the FUN part...the 20% accent colors and accessories- this is where you can really have some fun changing up your "look".  I shop for my 20% items at discount stores- these are not your "investment" pieces.  Home Goods, Target, Pier One, you get the idea!  I find colorful pillow covers, throw blankets, coffee table decor, table linens and centerpieces add so much to my rooms, and these items are easy to switch out seasonally, or whenever you feel like it!
Here is the same room with a couple of different looks:

So there you have it...80/20 Style.  80% Simple, classic neutral basics with 20% colorful, trendy accents!  
(Maybe my technique will help any of you that have been suffering from Decorating ADHD as well.)
Thanks again Marty at A Stroll Thru Life...
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Don't you love her term the 80/20 Style Decorating.  How perfect is that, I love her home and how she changes things around. Iit is always beautiful and she is a girl after my own heart.  We are definitely kindred spirits.  Now if you don"t follow her, you definitely have to rush over and click that follow button, you don't want to miss a single thing she does each season and in between too.  Thanks tons Kristy, I loved having you and love your style.

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  1. What a great post Marty. Kristy's home is luvly and the away she walked us through her decorating style is fantastic!
    Thanks ladies. Happy Friday!

  2. Love the whole transition from Season to Season!!

  3. Adorable home, love the transtitions Kristy! Great job!

  4. Great job of showing her simple way of changing with the seasons so it doesn't seem so difficult. Thanks to both of you, Marty. You for having her as a guesgt and her for doing such a great job of sharing.

  5. Marty thanks again so much for having me this week...we ARE kindred spirits! Blessings, Kristy Starfish Cottage

  6. What a beautiful home Kristy has. I do love here style. I have decorating ADHD too, as I am constantly changing things. Lately I have been gathering things for different rooms and just leaving them there. I plan to take each room once I retire and give it a deep cleaning and change the decor. Some will be mix and match of stuff I already own. Some will be the new things I have been buying along since I decided to retire in September..

  7. Marty, thanks for sharing Starfish Cottage, I love how Kristy changes out her accent colors and accessories with each season. Absolutely Lovely!


  8. I love her style and always enjoy visiting her lovely blog. Such a helpful design idea that really seems to work! Her home is so pretty!

  9. Thanks for sharing Starfish Cottage Marty, love Kristy style and her home.

  10. Beautiful home Kristy. Love your style and decor. Thanks Marty for featuring Kristy here today.

  11. Kristy has a lovely home and I love how she has explained keeping a neutral background and bringing color and interest in with her accessories. I gave Kristy a shout out myself this week with the pillow update post I did. I can see her pillow in one of the pictures here.

  12. Great feature Marty! Just came back from seeing more of Kristy's beautiful her style!!

  13. Love this feature, absolutely gorgeous season to season. :)

  14. Wow! You are right, Marty! A wonderful tutorial on how to "pull things together" in our homes! Thanks for sharing this post with us.

  15. Oh she's fabulous! Thanks for sharing her, Marty! LOL!

    Well deserved featured guest for SURE!

  16. I love this series, so thanks for sharing this at Snickerdoodle, Marty! I must have missed it the first time around, so I had to pop over and say hi. She has a great blog! :)

  17. Love seeing all the projects you have managed to knock out. All amazing I might add. Enjoy the conference, and can't wait to see the progress on the family room.
    Interior Design

  18. Very pretty

    Sarah @ EDEA Smith

  19. I love spring best but what a brilliant idea! I love the 80/20 plan for sure and sympathize with you about your decorating disorder. With this plan you might have just infected a ton of people Kristy!! Thanks for sharing this with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday Marty! And guess what - this is the most viewed post from last week! Totally awesome eh? Guess you guys can share a cookie lol

  20. Love your 80/20 rule! I think I might need to adopt it :) Sometimes I spend way too much on something big and trendy and then have buyer's remorse. I need to keep it to the small accessories and keep the rest neutral :) Gorgeous photos and thanks for sharing all of your tips. So helpful.

  21. Brilliant Kristy! I think I need to go paint my blue walls...a beautiful beige or taupe color.