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(pillow to match my logo from my dear friend, Darlene, from this shop)

I get antsy every year about this time.  I want to repaint all the walls and win the lottery so I can buy bolts of dreamy fabric and stacks of throw pillows.  Since I don’t buy lottery tickets, I’m probably not gonna win the lottery and so I’ve learned to freshen up my spaces on the fly with zero money and just a little bit of time and effort.

If you follow me on Instagram, (and you SHOULD!) then you know I’ve been redecorranging.  What is re-decorranging you ask?

redecorrange:: to redecorate your house by rearranging the stuff you already have

Fall is slowly creeping in and I was craving  some change around the house that 1) was free, 2) could be done by a non-professional like myself, and 3) could be done in less time than it takes to run to T.J. Maxx and back.  And really, this has been my favorite trick for years.  Nothing is sacred around here.  Just because I bought something with the bedroom in mind doesn’t mean it has to live there FOREVER.  This is not a prison for my things.  I want my things to bring me joy and sometimes if they sit in the same place for too long, they feel stifled and sad.  I don’t even see them anymore.  They long for greener pastures.  So, I listen to them.  (What? Don’t your things talk to you, too?!)

When I move them around, I see them and enjoy them again.  And that motivates me to clean.  So there’s the real magic.  All this moving stuff around exposes some dust bunnies and cobwebs and now it seems fun to clean because I’m about to have brand new looking room, gentle friends!

So here’s what I did.  I started with my normal sultry master and removed everything with color.  I took the colorful artwork down, the colorful throw blankets, the pillows, rugs, chotch-keys (my spelling), etc.

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I even removed the duvet cover and put it on a bed downstairs.  Then, I walked through the whole house and found everything neutral that made me smile.  I also grabbed the small disco ball from Emme’s room.  Here’s what I ended up with—a very relaxed and textured bedroom with lots of layers.  It all looks so very comfy and puffy and Nester-eqsue and we all know how much I adore her.

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(his/her pillows, Good Morning Gorgeous::Hello There Handsome)

I probably would have moved the rust chairs too but the pesky stress fracture kept me in line.  I liked once I lavished them with neutrals.

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If the master was sultry before, she’s taken a slight turn toward the angelic.

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Then, of course I hauled all the colorful and dark/brooding items to the living room and ta-da—a freshened up space for zero dollars and I tricked myself (and a good friend!) into cleaning.

Here’s the before:

I took two of the pieces of artwork to my bedroom.  I spray painted the horse head bronze and moved the gray bust to my office.

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I also brought my canvas up from downstairs and added a few more brooding strokes.

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I moved the Hold Your Horses sign from the mantle to the make-shift bar cart.

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And that my friends will always be my favorite decorating trick.

Have you ever redecorranged?

Now, some of you are gonna say that you don’t have the right kind of stuff that can be moved around easily.  I would say you never know until you try.

I’d love to see what you come up with this weekend if you get in the mood to shuffle things around.  Just tag me on Instagram!

51 comments on “The Best Decorating Trick in the Book”

  1. Love Love Love your New Angelic Master, and I think she is still Sultry! After all she now has fur, and a disco ball, and animal print rug, P-R-E-T-T-Y Wild!!! I read the Nester’s book, and went to Home Goods for a large rug(her tip from book) and our living room looks Amazing! I’m so re-decorranging this weekend, AND watching football,,thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Edie, I redecorranged in the Spring – after I read your blog. Boy! Was it fun! I am unable to rearrange furniture much because of huge cast iron radiators (cool things in their own right), so this was the punch my winter blahs needed! I think you should copyright the word “redecorranged”.

  3. We just got home from our middle son’s Army basic training graduation and i have to admit all I want to do is sleep… or at least that was the case until about 10 minutes ago when I found what might have been the carcass a crawdad (or some freaky creature) curled up, dead in the track of our sliding door. Yep left me a little freaked out and oddly enough the re-decorranging bug is back! (it hit me 3 days before we left… and about 2 months ago) The dining room is going to get a serious cleaning/pairing down as its feeling too cluttered right now. Then it will be on to our room. We have wall to wall carpeting but I really feel a need for an area rug or two for our tiny spaces. We sold all the old ones at a yard sale this summer as they had been languishing in the garage for the past 3 years… considering they were all between 10 to 15 years old I was impressed with how well they held up. I love you room!!! It just looks so cozy and inviting! (hubby has surgery next week so I really want to make our room a retreat for him as he will be laid up for a minimum of 2 weeks.)

    Have a great weekend!! (it is friday, right?)

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  5. I am definitely in the mood for cozy autumn nesting and a change of scenery in our home without spending money. Last week I found myself moving things around and decorating in the cheapest way possible, such as a few new yellow candles that make a huge difference!
    Love your rooms and style!

  6. This design is incredible! You obviously know how to keep a reader amused.
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  7. I cannot get enough of your redecorannging (wait, do I say that right?) I cannot believe how much I liked your master before and even more after. You have a gift, dear Edie. Thanks for sharing it.

  8. This is too funny…as I’ve gotten older and wiser (only 47 though lol) I have started to do this instead of heading out to Home Goods for every change of the seasons! I think the ability to do this comes from filling your home up with things you really love and actually being grateful and satisfied with what you have…I was actually doing this today when I took a break…Love the before’s and after’s especially your bedroom!

  9. Brilliant! I’ve just come home from10 days away and I’m chomping at the bit to do the same. Thank you thank you THANK YOU for the extra incentive!!! It looks fabulous!!

  10. You give me hope!!! This story came in a very timely manner for me. I am currently trying to do this in my home. Unfortunately I don’t have that delicious headboard that you do, wow! I love thrifting for new decor, people get rid of amazing pieces, I assume because it becomes stale to them as well.

  11. I am so glad to hear that someone else does the moving around of things they already have. I have done this for so many years and do it a little or a lot almost every week. It is a great way to see things in a new way and make the house feel so fresh. Of course I tell everyone you and I are twins, even though we look nothing alike. We just love the same things. Love what you did.

      • I used to not want others to copy my design until my niece also became a designer and said she loved what I did and copied me on things. Talk about making me feel special! Then I copied some of her ideas. I now love to copy ideas from some of my favorite people who have my type of taste. I just put my home state of Texas flair in there or something. I also use a vintage piece in every room. Now I have copied you. Wish we could have coffee. I would show you all these pictures on my phone. Haha. Thanks for all your inspiration.

  12. Love your new word! I used to have “stuff” to use for redecorranging, but then I had six kids. All my purties were put away, thrown away, or sold … too much trouble to dust around all that stuff! So for now, we shall live a spartan life. Or maybe I’ll just say that I decorate with toys and crayons and ::ahem:: dirt? Someday when there are spare pennies and spare minutes, I’ll accumulate new purties. Someday …

  13. LOVE this so much. Believe it or not, that thought (to move things around) popped in my mind this morning! I’m taking your post as confirmation! : ) I love your master both ways – but the layered neutral look is so perfect for this season!! Fun and inspirational post – thanks for sharing! ~Your new friend in Seattle 🙂

  14. Hi there, Edie! I absolutely love your blog! I have followed it for some time now and am finally telling you so! Your love of reading, sharing your thoughts on parenting/family, decorating with neat finds and most of all your testimony of faith in God inspire me! I also love all the color on your blog and in your home! I am trying to add more to my life (via clothes and house) very neutral..black, tan, white girl here:)
    Hope your day is bright! Blessings, Suzanne

  15. ooooohhhh!! I loooove it! And man I wish I had thought of that word! Redecorrange… so.awesome!! I’m feeling the pull to do it right now… I just finished recovering from a sprained foot- where I had plenty of time to plot my next furniture move from my seat on the couch!! I ♥ your post and am off to read more of your blog and find you on the instagram! Have a wonderful day and thanks for the inspiration!

  16. This is what my mom did, too. We lived way out in the country on one income( an army salary) and 5 kids. She only kept the things she really loved. We moved so many times. Once to Germany. Growing up, the ‘decor’ we had were our treasures. Each had a story and we knew where it came from. I always remember thinking the house looked spare, but looking back it was always clean or easy to pick up quickly. As an adult, I stated making my own money and blowing it at every opportunity. ( my love/hate relationship with Target)
    Now, I have plenty of storage space in the shop for seasonal things and I just ‘shop’ my own stuff. Hubby hates moving furniture but we get into the rearranging together. I have saved so much time, money, and peace of mind. I wish more people realized that more is not always more.
    Thanks again for the inspiration!

  17. This girl is always up for a trip to TJ Maxx or Homegoods but,,,, your redecorrange is stunning! This is my new favorite word and I am inspired to do the same in my home. Husbands everywhere are cheering! 😉

    Also, what is the paint color on your bedroom walls? It looks stunning!

  18. I love this word! For years I’ve been throwing out and buying new… only to realize in another six months that “I wish I still had that one piece…” So I have also started “redecorranging!” The catch for me though, is that I live in a four bedroom house with three roommates! My place to play in my decor dreams is my bedroom, and that’s pretty much it. Most things elsewhere in the house aren’t even mine to use! My solution? I have two plastic tubs in our basement that holds all the crap I love but need a break from. I have things from about four different color schemes, and I keep combining them or spray painting them in new ways to come up with even more designs!

    I’ve even started doing this with the clothes in my closet! When I find myself just bored with an item, but it’s still in good shape, I throw it in a bin downstairs. When the next season rolls around and all I want to do is shop for a new wardrobe, I just head to the basement and switch out a few things; WA-LA!

    Anyway, thanks for adding the word to my vocabulary, and letting me know I’m not the only one!

  19. Hello! I love your new room! Could you please tell me the pain color and brand you used? It’s exactly what I’m looking for!

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  21. Could you please tell me where you got that beautiful headboard and bench in front of the bed? I have been looking for a vintage headboard like that.

  22. Hello! Could you tell me where you got your side dresser in your room next to the bed? It’s absolutely gorgeous & is something I’m looking for, for my bedroom! Thank you!

  23. I haave been in search for this headboard for years!!! I saw it years ago and should have bought it. Would you mind sharing where you purchased it. Getting ready to build our dream house and this is my dream headboard for my master suite!!!

  24. Love, love, love that I have come across your blog! This is me if ever I could explain in words! Love to rearrange and love that I am not alone! Looking forward to reading more – after I paint the walls in the den of course. Happy decorranging!

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