|A Welcoming Entry|
|entryway includes french doors that lead to the dining room|
“We made the decision that I would be home for
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Maria’s dining room
|Maria’s talent for displaying accessories is evident in her dining room|
“I knew this was my new found passion”
While working for Black Welders Maria discovered her gift and her passion for home decorating beginning to blossom. The store’s owners would give Maria the task of ‘staging’ newly acquired furniture – Maria delved with passion into each room’s setting arranging the furniture with accessories to give the prospective buyer a glimpse of how the furniture could look in their home.
Oftentimes the buyer would purchase the whole ‘room’ accessories and all. When customers expressed their wish for the furniture and accessory placement to be duplicated in their home, Maria was encouraged by the store owners to branch out as an Interior Decorator Consultant.
|Maria’s French Country Family Room|
|Maria’s sitting room – Jaclyn Smith’s “Grandma’s Attic”|
Home is where my loved ones are, where I can kick back and be myself, where the kitchen is full of good smells, where the living room has my favorite books, where my dogs are welcome in every room and where at night I can fall asleep in my own bed on my own pillow, my head full of prayers.”
Jaclyn Smith’s philosophy of home being a ‘sanctuary…a place of rest and regeneration’ is reflected in Maria’s passion for creating a welcoming, comfortable home for her family.
Just like so many other home decorators, Maria has several stories behind some of the pieces that decorate the rooms in her home.
In the sunroom, Maria found a worn side table and saw it as a ‘diamond in the rough’. Finding the top of the table to be beyond repair, Maria asked her husband to remove it and had a piece of glass cut to fill in the spot.
She chose glass so that the accessories placed beneath could be seen. Fond of painted furniture, Maria painted the side table a soft white distressing the edges.
Maria shared that one of her favorite things to do is to give new life to interesting pieces of furniture by painting them. Her creativity is shown in the painted chairs in the attic bedroom for her grandchildren.
Maria counts herself to be blessed with nine
grandchildren and has dedicated a wall in
her Master bedroom suite displaying photos
of her grandchildren with the word
‘Blessings’ painted above.
Maria and Bill purchased an old historic house in the rural town of Sparta, Georgia. They spent a number of years carefully restoring the home from finding heart-pine wood to repair sections of the flooring to gutting the attic to provide whimsical bedrooms for her grandchildren when they come to visit.
|Maria’s handmade Christening dresses made from vintage pillow cases (pictured left) became popular
Maria’s favorite design styles, “Classical Cottage – French Country, Shabby Chic and Primative” are reflected throughout her home. When asked which are her favorite rooms –
Maria quickly shares the bedroom downstairs with the Jaclyn Smith wicker bed
and the bedroom upstairs in the pink and green, the “Petra” bedding.
Maria is also skilled in sewing, creating all of the curtains and window treatments throughout her home.
Maria shared that two important considerations when decorating a room are “functionality and comfort level” Maria shared the importance of scale in the size of the furniture and not being ‘too matchy-matchy’ .
|Maria took small frames and filled them with silk flowers to decorate the wall above the bed in the girl’s room|
“Don’t hesitate to give a piece of furniture
a second chance,” Maria advises,
“ recycle- reuse”.
Maria also noted that oftentime when attempting to decorate a room, “people would leave out their personality” She shared the importance of putting what one loves into each room – this reflection of their love and their passions would create an inviting – personal atmosphere for themselves and their families.
When asked what one thing someone could do to best enhance their room décor, Maria replied,
“Paint, paint treatment, placement of furniture
and displaying of your favorite accessories”
These happen to be the most frequently asked questions Maria helps home owners solve – placement of furniture and display of accessories so that their rooms don’t look cluttered.
Maria has taken her love of home décor and helping others through her Home Interiors consultations to another level. Maria opened a store in her new hometown, Sparta called
Rooms U Love. Maria has skillfully recreated rooms and vignettes of objects to spur the imagination of her customers with accessories and furniture. Maria shared that she wanted to recreate a small version of the store she once worked in to help homeowners create “relaxed, cozy rooms”
In addition, Maria has joined the blogging community to share her skills and knowledge with others and to connect with others with similar interests.
I have found Maria to be a Kindred Spirit. We have spent hours talking about our families, faith, our love of home and decorating. Her warm and giving spirit is shown through her home, her store and her involvement in our little town. I hope you take opportunity to visit Maria at her blog RoomsULove and explore the wonderful things she has to offer as a Home Decorator, business owner and now blogging friend.
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Jaclyn Smith quote.