Day 3: Monday, August 5
Assignment: Choose the room you'll be focusing on this month, sit in it and observe for ten minutes and take your "before" photos
We've spent the first few days of the Style Cure thinking about, discovering and photographing things we like in general, but as of today, we're about to get much more specific. It's time to decide exactly which room you are going to "cure" this month...
• First, choose which room you want to work on this month: Some of us may have known from the beginning which room was going to get the treatment, but if you've been unsure, now is the time to firmly make the decision. Either way, everyone should read through the scope of what we'll be doing in the next paragraph and make sure that the room they choose fits well within the parameters of the Style Cure's projects.
This month is about decorating - not renovating - so it's important to ask yourself which room in your home will benefit the most from a quick style update accomplished through decor-based projects. The assignments are geared toward refreshing the look of a single room; making the most of a space that just needs some more personality, color and focus to truly represent you and become a space you are happy to spend time in and proud to share with your family and friends.
To help make that happen, we're going to paint or otherwise decorate the walls (one wall or more, up to you), add (at least) one new decor "pairing" to go with the refreshed wall (this can be a diy project or a purchase, and can be anything from big to not-so-big, examples might be a new-to-you piece of furniture, or a set of curtains or recovering pillows or switching out a lampshade). We will also deep clean the room, organize it and evaluate the flow, lighting and accessories.
Choosing a room that will benefit from these decor-centered projects will be your best bet. As you decide, please tell us which room you'll be working on in the comments below - we'd love to have a sense of the percentages of bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms (etc!) that are going to be transformed this August.
- Then, sit in your chosen room for 10 minutes and get inspired: Find a spot in the room that you rarely sit in that gives you a view on the space from a fresh angle. Take a seat on a chair (or the floor) and just observe for ten minutes. Turn off TV, radio, music and your phone - this is a quiet exercise and is most effective with focus and concentration. 1. Look around the room and try to imagine what it would look like empty. Recall what it was like when you moved in.
2. Once you have done that, focus on whatever part of the room that you feel is the most problematic and imagine removing the "stuff" from that area - furniture, belongings, everything. Now, start rebuilding that area, adding back in only what feels right and looks good in your mind's eye.
3. Make note of what changes you envision and move forward with some additional clarity about how you truly want your home to be; what you need and what you can move forward without.
- Finally, take your "before" photos: One of the most gratifying ways of wrapping up any task is the act of comparing the starting and ending points to recall the progress made. The task ahead of us is perfectly suited to having a visual record to look back on and compare with the finished product. Taking a series of "before" pictures, warts and all, right now will enable you to look back, three and half weeks or so from now to see just how far you've come...and to be able to share it will others (including, hopefully, Apartment Therapy as a "Before & After" post!). Spend a few minutes on it today and take shots from several different spots and angles in the room - I guarantee you'll be happy you did!
Liveblogging the Style Cure:
Follow along in real time with six Apartment Therapy team members who are doing the Style Cure this month:
- Julia's Before Photos: The Random Catch-all Dining Room
- Lauren's Before Photos: Dated, Bare-Bones Kitchen
- Tara's Before Photos: My Room is an Oversized Outbox!
- Dabney's Before Photos: Out of Control, Messy Workroom
- Kim's Before Photos: Work in Progress Bedroom
- Alison's Before Photos: A Newly-Shared Room for Ralph and Ivy
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