A colorful, creative chic home tour with Jennifer of Dimples and Tangles, who has always said that her home is her hobby! I’ve known her through the blog world for a long time and have always been a fan. Her home will really captivate you with it’s bold use of color and style that is ever so fabulous!
Colorful Creative Chic Home Tour!
Jennifer enjoys sharing whatever current project she’s working on with her readers, whether it’s a DIY project, tablescape, room makeover, recipe, travel report, or her latest favorite fashion find. She finds value in inspiring others to be creative in their own homes and to try new things. Her style is grounded in traditional elements but livened up with a strong dose of bold color and mixed patterns and she loves to transform thrifted and second hand pieces to make them her own.
A snapshot of her style in a few words might be: classic, colorful, chinoiserie, preppy, bamboo, gold, green, blue and white, bright, monograms, eclectic, and gathered and her favorite tools of choice are a staple gun, sewing machine, and spray paint! Jennifer lives in Edmond, Oklahoma with her husband, college nursing student son and high school senior daughter.
1. I am approaching my 10 year blogging anniversary later this Summer. I’ve always had a creative streak and a love for doing projects, but never thought anyone would be interested in what I was doing! My husband disagreed and encouraged me over and over to start sharing on a blog. I finally gave in and the rest is history! I have a teaching background, and my goal in blogging has always been to teach others things that I wish I had known how to do when I was younger, and to encourage them to develop their own sense of creativity and style in decorating their home.
2. I never know how to label my style (although we are calling it colorful creative chic!) home. Basically, I put all of the things I like together, and the more color and pattern I can mix in the better! I love the uniqueness and quality of vintage second hand and thrifted finds. I think the base of my style is traditional but with some chinoiserie, preppy, Palm Beach, and vintage elements mixed in.
3. I’ve definitely seen my design style change and evolve over the years, there’s proof if you look back in the archives of my early blog posts! For a while early on when establishing my home I fell victim to the “do what everyone else” is doing mentality where I felt like I had to make my home look like what I was seeing in magazines, furniture stores and HGTV shows (this was pre-Pinterest or home decor blogs!) which was generally neutral color palettes.
I was never truly happy or content with my home and always felt like something was missing. I only began to find joy in my home decor when I started experimenting with my own personal style and filling my home with the colors, patterns, and things I loved and had meaning to me, not what I thought my home SHOULD look like according to the current trends.
4. I wish I had a specific formula or rule to share that I adhere to when mixing color and pattern, but I don’t. I just play with combinations until I find one that looks right to me. But generally, for a pillow line up on my sofa for example, I choose a large graphic print (something like a colorful floral or abstract pattern), then find a pattern or two (that are different size scales) to complement that. You can never go wrong with a solid, geometric pattern, floral mix!
5. My favorite room in our home is whichever one I’ve just finished- ha! Right now, that happens to be our Master Bathroom. It’s a dramatic before and after (all cosmetic changes, we didn’t move anything structurally), and after 12 years of it being on the project “to-do” list, I appreciate it even more! My colorful creative chic home dining room comes in at a close second.
6. Most of the time I don’t sit down and plan a room all at once. I start with one idea or inspiration piece for the room and mull that over for a time while I wait for inspiration to strike for the rest of the room. I’m a slow planner and decorator. I always consider what I already have and how I might be able to work that into the design.
Generally I don’t set a specific budget for a project, but my mentality is to always spend as little as possible! I snag deals when I see them if I know they’ll be useful in an upcoming colorful creative chic home project and generally bargain shop for the things I need. That being said, there are always certain things that I’m willing to spend more on if it’s something that’s there for the long haul (like the quartz countertops in our bathroom) or a special designer fabric that I know I’ll love for years to come.
The One Room Challenge
7. I find The One Room Challenge to be SUCH a great motivator to get a space knocked out in a hurry! And yes, 6 weeks goes by in a flash! Without a doubt, the hardest thing to deal with is the timeline. For my first two ORC projects, I was a (self-imposed) stickler on the timeline. It’s a 6 week time frame from start to finish. Lots of people actually start the work early! Then they stick to the 6 weeks for sharing progress reports. On my subsequent projects I too started work a bit early. I will always scramble at the end to get the finishing touches done, photographed, and posted. I always do a number of DIY projects for my ORC rooms. That takes a lot of time as well.
Decorating For Christmas
8. Although it can honestly feel like a chore at times, Christmas is my favorite season to decorate for. At my house, things are a total wreck for a week (or two) during the process. I find nothing better than enjoying the sparkles and twinkles when everything is finished!
9. I don’t generally have a theme for my holiday decorations. Only a certain color palette or pattern mix that I might be using that year.
A colorful creative chic home at Christmas that is simply stunning!
10. I desperately need to clean out our attic and have a garage sale! Nothing glamorous about that… Room related, there’s only one room left in the house that still needs a big makeover- our office/bonus room. I’ve done some painting in there to get us through until I can do everything I want in there, but I’ve been keeping plans in my head for that space to tackle in the next year or so. I’m not sure that I’ll ever be truly done…before long it will be time to circle back around to some rooms- ha! I redid our laundry room 10 years ago and lately I’ve been itching for a change in there!
13. Going back to my love for vintage and unique items, I have favorite places to find decor bargains. Those are Facebook Marketplace, garage sales, thrift stores, and vintage shops. But if I’m shopping new, I frequent Ross to check out their aisles and Homegoods/TJ Maxx/Marshalls. I also always check eBay if there’s something specific I’m looking for. Ebay has great for designer fabric deals!
I wrote a “10 Years in our Home” before and after post here, although we’re approaching 14 years this month and even more has changed since then! My favorite things to decorate are tablescapes and my home at Christmas. The bold color and patterns keep right on going in that season, too!
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