Grief changes you, and after a series of deaths two years ago, I found myself in need of expressing myself in a healthy manner.  It was quite tempting to turn to drugs and alcohol, but instead, I made the choice to renovate some rooms in our house.  As a former addict, it wasn’t an easy choice.

Home improvement projects help me focus and help me express myself.  I took an old, boring storage room in our basement and turned it into my private room, a place where I can relax and let my guard down.  It is small, 12 feet by 10 feet, and is totally independent of every other room in the house.  It is mine, and has only my decor in it, deferring to nobody else.

I built a bookcase wall and installed a fireplace.  I put in a wood ceiling and painted 3 walls deep crimson.  The fourth wall is the feature wall, adorned with brown flocked wallpaper on a duck egg sheen.  I built most of the furniture and filled the room with things I love:  Books, rulers, southwestern rugs, estate sale finds that range from shabby chic to rustic.  It is an eclectic mix that belongs nowhere else in the house.  Two skulls watch over the room, and a miniature 221B Baker Street scene takes up one entire shelf.  Sherlock Holmes can be seen lying on his couch, his violin by his own bookcase, fireplace lit.

When people come down to talk to me in my room, they instantly feel at home.  They feel my comfort, they know they are in a space that is sacred to me.  Sometimes we chat, sometimes we binge on Netflix, sometimes we just enjoy the silence.  Every time I leave the room I feel better having released some of my stress.

Decor for me is not a trendy hidden shelf filled with cute bookends, fake books, and picture frames covered in fake gold.  Decor for me is a way to express myself using no words at all, a way to see myself and be who I truly am, without input from other people.  It creates an environment that makes me feel safe and calm.  Decor helps me be aware of my blessings and fully appreciate them.

western decorations

Western home decoration is a great way to accent your home and add style. If you love western apparel, or are in love with cowboys, you will love adding western accents to your home. Western home decor give an elegant and warm place in your home. It can give a relaxing sensation that is perfectly characterized for some western purposes.

The cowboy is one of the most popular western home decoration style. Many people prefer this style.In the case of the western style the mostly used colors are brown, red and gold. These colors give a rusty look to the interior. Certain people would like to have the rugged western appearance, which include the rough textured wall and the wooden ceiling. The style can be seen on the wall frames, furnishings, mirrors and pictures. A hybrid style known as the Southwestern decor style is also available . In this style, there are variations from the western decor style. In this style some items are covered in leather and the patterns will be bold too. The old western appearance consists of horses and cowboys. In the old style there are wall hangings featuring cowboys. The mirror frames are made of wood. In the traditional western style, the room is decorated using iron candle holders. The preferred color for the candle holder is mostly black.

There are furnishings for the western decor style from the highest range to the lowest . You can select the items which are within your budget. You can choose the home decor in western style depending on your taste and preferences. When using this style ensure that the house does not get crowded with the furnishings. Always select the home decor in such a way that it suits your room as well as the other items present in the room. In case of the western cowboy style decor use materials like leather, denim, wood and metal pieces. Although finding some great western decor might be a little tricky, there are a few places where you can get some great stuff.

1.  First search online. There are great places to find western accents, cowboy interior, or other great old time pieces for your home. You can find just about everything from bedding, to furniture, lamps and even mantles for your fireplace or just a shelf. You will have to dig a little, but there are loads of options to find exactly what you are looking for, at the best deal. Its a lot easier to have it shipped to your door, then stepping out and hunting for the right piece.  We got our southwest style rugs from Southwestern Rugs Depot.

2.  Consult a local furniture maker. Furniture makers might just build you a custom piece for your home. This however might just cost you a little more than you expect to pay. If you find a great furniture maker though, you can have some things made just for your home that are unique.

3.  Look around your local town. There are some great antique stores that sell some great materials. Just about every town in America have some type of antique stores.

As some of you may know, we’ve been working on opening up a new art space for our local artists and makers to come to have a place to work on their work and also display and sell it to the rest of the public.  Anyway, we’re just putting the finishing touches on the space now, but there are a few companies that donated materials or their products to help bring the space together.  So we’d like to thank them now.  We honestly couldn’t have done it without them.

Sherwin Williams donated 12 cans of their Emerald Interior Paint to cover all of the walls with plenty of coats. I have never really worked with this paint before, but I thought the painting turned out great and I expect it to last for years and years to come. Again, thanks so much, Sherwin Williams.  That was such a huge help.

Our friends at Matco Tools supplied us with basically all the tools we needed during the construction process.  We’re not quite sure how they found out about our little project, but I think one of our resident artist’s husband used to work for them or something.  Regardless, we are so so grateful and I know the small collection of rusted nuts and bolts in my shed would’ve been enough to see this through.

Finally, the most random donation came from Southwestern Rugs Depot.  The owner stopped in our shop a few months back, was looking around, and stumbled into the construction area of the new space. He asked what we were up to, went to his car, and asked us if we wanted a free rug to “tie the room together”. He gave us an 5 by 8 foot American Dakota rug and left. Totally unexpected, but I really love the southwestern style of the rug. Anyway, I doubt he’ll see this because I didn’t get his contact info, but thanks so much! We love the rug.

Anyway, we’re so thankful for the companies that helped us out and we would also like to thank all of the volunteers that volunteered their time to make this happen. The space will be done at the beginning of January. Come by and say hello.