Please give us some more details on Green with Decor. How did you develop your blog and what sets it apart from the rest?
I started Green with Decor because we were renovating and decorating our second house, and I love writing. It only seemed natural to combine the two and share our projects. I love decorating on a budget, so I set up our home to reflect our style and the way we live. I really believe everyone can turn their house into their dream home. It just takes some budget decorating, shopping around and, usually, a lot of paint! I love providing inspiration for readers to take on their own projects.
Did you do a remodel on your entire home? If so, were there specific rooms that were more challenging than others?
Our current home was a fixer-upper, yet we have updated most of it. We did major renovations in the kitchen, dining room, bathroom, and family room while almost every other room received new flooring and paint. The kitchen was the biggest challenge just because it is a large space and there were so many decisions to make. We love how it turned out – I always say it’s my favorite room we’ve renovated!
When you started this project, how did you organize and plan for it?
Because I missed the crystal door knobs from our old house, I had my mind set on adding new ones to the new house which made the planning process pretty easy. I knew they would look great and bring a sense of cohesiveness among our bathrooms and bedrooms.
How did you choose your door hardware?
As I was researching options to upgrade our doorknobs in this house, I found Nostalgic Warehouse and fell in love with the door knobs! The Hardware Designer tool was great in trying out different combinations. We knew we wanted crystal doorknobs since they add such a timeless elegance to any space, and I loved being able to test out the different plates with the online tool before making a final design decision.
How long did this project take to complete?
Normally changing out a doorknob is simple a 10-minute project. But our old knobs were attached to our doors through odd, figure-8-shaped holes instead of the typical circle. My husband cut large circular holes in each door using a handheld jigsaw and then we screwed in the new doorknobs. With this extra step, each doorknob took us about 40 minutes. Still a relatively quick timeline for a project that makes such a big impact!
Did you learn any tips and tricks about door hardware along the way that you think would be beneficial for others?
Always take your old doorknobs off first to check how big of a project you’re getting into! As evidenced by our project, even if you have funky shaped holes from your old doorknobs, it really isn’t a hard project. New doorknobs make such a difference, so it’s worth it!
What is your design style and how does that influence the decorating decisions within your home?
I love casual, coastal style. I decorate with a lot of neutrals, using mostly tan paint for our walls and white for our trim. I’ve always loved green, which is why my blog is named Green with Decor! I like to add in green and blue decor pieces, as well as coastal textures such as natural wood, rope, and jute for a comfortable, casual vibe. I generally stick to those colors and textures because it gives our home consistency.
What are some tips for readers who want to make a transformation in their home, whether large or small scale?
If you’re going for large scale, big impact, I’d always encourage readers to take on a kitchen renovation. Yes, living through it can be rough – been there, done that – but it’s so worth it! You spend so much time in your kitchen, and it’s inevitably where guests congregate so it should be a room you love. After that, I’d focus on rooms your family spends the most time in. Switch out the coffee table or throw pillows in the family room or the nightstands in your bedroom. It’s amazing what small changes can do for the feel of a room