I’m totally into interior decoration. But it’s not what you think. In the context of my life, being “into” home decorating it more like wishing I were into it and realizing I’m clueless.
I know what I like when I see it, but I have no idea how to recreate it with my own space, my own things, my own house. For that reason, I depend on friends (who have good taste), home shows, and home magazines.
If you are anything like me — decorating challenged — I have a piece of advice. Go to a local brick and mortar bookstore. Go to the magazine area and look for the section that holds home decorating magazines. Thumb through a handful of them until you find one that you love, one the reflects your tastes. Buy it. Subscribe to it. Copy it.
I love Real Homes magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, and similar publications that aren’t filled with froofy nonsense. Just clean, practical style that can fit a family and a modest budget.
Such magazines not only give decorating tips and homemaking advice, but all sorts of information for a better lifestyle. For example, I was surprising to find a page on the Real Homes website that discussed HomeAway. It’s a vacation home rental service — the same one we used when we rented a beach house in Oahu a few years ago.
Why choose HomeAway? In our case, we spent months looking for hotel rooms to accommodate us with our six kids. When we found home rentals, we ended up with a house right on the beach. Our entire family slept comfortably there. It had a full kitchen so we could shop at the regular grocery store and eat regular food (at a regular price). And the rental was less than half that of any decent hotel on the island.
You can spruce up your home, enhance your vacations, and get all sorts of lifestyle tips in a good home magazine.