Reader Interactions


  1. Susan says

    I enjoyed you sharing your various home picture transformation. I still have and enjoy the Tuscan decor style. I mix it with the Shabby Chic and Farm House decor. I agree that it is difficult to purge and to start a new expensive trending style. Sorry, but I am a pink gal all the way along with fringe and tassels. I am glad that you did lighten your walls in the rooms. White/cream walls are more relaxing on the eyes. Happy Spring!

  2. Mary formerly of the boondocks says

    I love your home and the way you decorate even if you do not embrace today’s neutral design aesthetic. I think the most important thing we have to remember and you said it is that it is our home and we have to love living in it. I also could not part with all my knick knacks and so they will come out each season to be displayed. But you are also right in going through them to discard what no longer works. Rhoda thanks for taking us on your journey to see how your homes have evolved over the years, it is truly eye-opening.

    • Rhoda says

      Thank you, Mary for stopping by. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one, I put some time into it.

  3. Christy says

    Rhoda, I just loved this blog post! It gives me a lot of direction. I still have very nice brown wood furniture pieces that I still love too! You have inspired me to call the painter tomorrow!!
    Do you work “for hire”? I love your style.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Rhoda says

      HI, Christy, thank you I’m so glad you enjoyed this post! I tried to break it down into how I think and do things to update. I don’t hire out anymore, but I used to do some online consultations.

  4. Becky says

    Very cool post! It was really fun watching your style change. Thanks for the reminder that good quality classic base pieces can always be reworked into the new trends! Very nice examples! Your house is lovely.

  5. Teresa says

    Thanks for reposting this again! You gave some great tips and advice on updating and modernizing your home and editing out things that no longer work or are just outdated. When I think of modernizing, I think a more streamlined, clean look void of heavy fabrics, curtains, furniture and colors. One other thing I have learned over the years is less is more (even in holiday decorating) and not getting caught in following “trends” that come and go quickly. Timeless and classic pieces are a great long term investment.

    • Rhoda says

      That’s very true, Teresa! I’ve tried to lighten up my house even though I’m far from a minimalist.

  6. Stephanie Miller says

    Thank you so much for these valuable tips! I am currently picking out paint and trying to freshen our home but I also feel I need color and love the classic wood tones. It’s challenging to hold on to your personal vision when you see so many trendy ideas! This gives me the inspiration I am looking for! Many, many thanks!


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