How To: Achieve Timeless Interior Design
Posted 4/10/2019 by Nora

How To: Achieve Timeless Interior Design


When hitting reset on your interior design choices, you want to make smart decisions that you won’t tire of too soon after decorating. Opinions vary on the topic of how frequently we should take on an overhaul interior re-design, but amongst the team at The Attic, we think six to ten years makes sense. In order to fill your home with decor and styling you love for a long time, we have some tips for designing with timelessness in mind.


Big Picture: Neutrals Are King


"On trend" colors can become cringe-worthy in a hurry--think sea foam green and mauve from the 80s or hunter green and burgundy from the 90s! Trends are not worth your time (or money) if you are doing a complete remodel. With that in mind, we strongly suggest finding your favorite neutral and stick to it. For your main pieces of furniture, higher priced items and walls, you are much less likely to feel burned by your choice if you opt for a neutral. Greige has been all the rage for a while now for a reason! But if you prefer a clean, crisp white palette, that’s great too. Whichever neutral speaks to you most is what you should go for. Below are some examples of paint colors from Behr that we think are a good place to start for inspiration.


        Spun Wool     Gallery White      Loft Space Snow Leopard



Furniture: Marry “Utility” and “Beauty”


The larger staples in your home need to be both beautiful and functional. You want a sofa that is going to be the most comfortable seating in your home. Let's face it, you probably do not want to have to replace a major purchase like a sofa for a few years. Go for durable materials in a neutral, but beware of going drab, you don’t want to tire of it prematurely! This leather sectional is one that was originally at Costco for $2,899, but (as of April of 2019) we have this exact sectional, for only $1,295. The beauty of consignment! Another thing all of our loyal shoppers should be aware of, we have a partnership with Wayfair now, so there are always numerous pieces on our floor that are brand new or barely used--for you to take home at consignment prices!




Borrow From the Past, Live Happily in the Now


To maintain a space that feels timeless, a thoughtful mélange of old and new is a way to balance the overall presence of your home. With a little of both new and old objects, you can honor items with sentimental value, while still adding current pieces which speak to you. Your Nambé bowl can harmoniously sit on the same credenza as your grandmother’s Blue Danube candlesticks. Mixing styles and pieces from differing eras is a modern way to maintain your personal style. Older objects do not necessarily have to have sentimental value to you--maybe you found an awesome vintage brass camel at The Attic and now you are giving it a new lease on life!




Trends and Patterns Welcome (with Restrictions)


Timeless is not synonymous with boring! You can partake in styling with trends and patterns. When going for a timeless look in the long run, we suggest saving the use of trends and patterns for accents. For example, a 2019 home decor trend is biophilic design, which is nature-friendly design (and it has been speculated to reduce stress levels). This isn’t to suggest that you should knock an entire wall down and add glass accordion doors to the backyard (though that look is quite stunning!), but adding some on-trend houseplants can freshen up your space, aesthetically and mentally!




Smaller Textiles for Swapping


Another affordable way to keep your space new and exciting, while not deviating too far off the path of your timeless look, is to swap out pillows and throws to mirror the season. A budget-friendly way to have more options for switching these items out is to consign those items with us at The Attic and look for replacements here! It really is fun for us here when seasons change, because our consignors always bring so much refreshing and unique items. You really never know what delightful treasures you will find at The Attic!





In Summary


There are many ways to go about redecorating. When settling on your approach, it’s always beneficial to be true to yourself throughout the whole process.

Big takeaway advice to remember:

  • Neutrals are low risk
  • Big ticket items need to be high quality and comfy
  • Let your personality shine with touches from the past, small doses of trends & patterns and by cycling various smaller textile pieces

These basic tips will help keep your space fresh, timeless and fun. With this advice to keep your next design overhaul timeless, we hope the task seems less daunting. Feel free to stop by The Attic next time you want to bounce design ideas off of us--we’re happy to help!

2017 Home Makeover!
Posted 7/1/2017 by Ms. Joyce, Blogger & Attic Co-Owner

On April 15th of this year Melissa Capesius’s name was drawn out of the sign up box to win The Attic’s $500 room makeover contest for 2017.  And wow, WOW!  We really did have so much fun planning and putting together the design for her spare bedroom.  It really is amazing how you can transform a room on such a low budget using some good ol’ elbow grease and something of inspiration to get the ball rolling.  The key to the giveaway game is The Attic provides the labor for free, which allows us to stay within the $500 budget, however, you can do the same in your own home and we will show you how.

On our initial meeting, we toured Melissa’s beautiful home in Ankeny.  Melissa, an Ankeny teacher, is a loyal customer at both The Attic and Calico House and I noticed right away quite a few awesome things she had previously purchased from us.  Her home is very spacious, neat as a pin and has lot’s of cool things that could be used for inspiration.  We talked about the things Melissa likes and what direction she wanted the design to go.  As we all know the Chip and Joanna farm style is so popular right now.  She was looking for that simple homey feeling as we were redoing her son’s room (he just left for college) and making it a guest bedroom.  As we walked around the house, Melissa pointed out a blue and white vase and stated she really likes the coloring in that piece and right then and there, the inspiration for the coloring was decided.

I asked Melissa to find something similar on Pinterest or in a magazine to help imagine the look she was hoping for.  Simple, neutral, a bit cottage like and comfortable was what I interpreted her vision to be.  The room was a blank slate with fresh paint and new wood flooring.  She had a couple great furniture pieces in the room that could be used, but they matched her master bedroom furniture so we decided to start fresh.  I tell people up front, we may pull items from different rooms in the home to complete our look and stretch the budget without spending the extra money.  So that does help with the end result of keeping the spending on track.

Melissa really liked the idea of ship lap on the wall.  Ship lap was too expensive so I showed her the idea of using a board and batten application for a fraction of the cost.  It was actually about $30 for material and we used her leftover wall paint to paint our pine 1x2’s which were attached vertically to just one feature wall.  We only nailed them (as opposed to gluing) so in the future they could be removed without damage to the sheetrock if someone wanted to change the look.   She also like the idea of a tufted, fabric headboard.  So we started with a great oak headboard that we were going to put fabric on, but once again, we had to get creative to keep the money on track.  I applied a paintable wall paper on the front of the headboard to give it some character and gave it a couple fresh white coats of paint and then distressed it.  The cost was $125 as it was a used queen size headboard from The Attic.  The blue and white coloring really had to come in the bedding and accessories, so I began to search for things in budget that would fit the look.  Wayfair, Overstock, Amazon and Ebay has lots of comforters, quilts and other linens that were perfect for the style we wanted.   For $85 we settled on a beautiful Kantha quilt all hand stitched in the perfect combination of blue, white and gray tones.  Simple and comfy that can be beefed up in the winter with some extra blankets.

Originally I wanted 2 nightstands and a desk in the room, as the closet was huge and had plenty of storage.  In my searched, I stumbled on a vintage dresser and matching desk with a mirror for $100.  I also found a solid maple Ethan Allen chair for $3 that could all be painted and made to match the rest of the furniture.  I didn’t want it all too white so I opted to strip and stain the top of the furniture to pull in some wood elements.   After adding some adorable blue and white knobs, everything flowed nicely together.

I saw a really cool stenciled sign on Pinterest a while back and have always wanted to duplicate it for the right application.  This was the right application.  Capesius is the family’s last name and since this was their guest bedroom, how perfect to make a Capesius Bed and Breakfast sign adding established in 1986 when Melissa and Barney were married.  Stenciled  in white, gray and blue shading on a thin board with painted pine framing and a piece of glass from an old picture, the cost was about $15 in materials which was just nothing for this large piece.  Another great find was a small cupboard door which I mounted a metal flower cone to for greenery.  Again, a little imagination for just $10 added another great addition to the wall décor.  Our last piece for the wall was a large window frame which was on it’s way to the old window grave yard.  We painted it blue, distressed and waxed it for a nice pop of color on a huge wall that needed something with character.  Added a white hydrangea wreath I found at a garage sale for a cost of about $15.

The last piece of the puzzle was window treatments.  I found a set of long white curtains at TJ Max on the sale rack for $32.  I couldn’t believe how perfect these fresh white curtains were for the room.  We added a white bed skirt, three beautiful pillows for about $50 and the only thing left was a few decorative details.  

I love greenery in a space.  A nice artificial plant, a cute silver bird to match the pretty silver lamp from The Attic rounded out our budget right at the $500 mark.  Perfect!  With the money all spent, we still needed something above the bed so we pulled in a set of bird pictures Melissa had in her living room that added another nice wood element as well as a beautiful rustic bench we put at the end of the bed. Both of these pieces brought out the colors of the new wood floor which was a huge bonus to us as we had to do nothing to the basics of the bedroom in the beginning.  That allowed us to focus on all of the decorative finishes and furniture which really transformed the room.

It was not only fun, but it was really an honor that this great family trusted us in their beautiful home to transform a space that their guests could relax and enjoy for years to come.  Thank you Capesius family!! 


May 2015
Posted 6/2/2015 by Ms. Joyce, Blogger & Attic Co-Owner
You know the old saying, “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure”. Very fitting in today’s world. There is beauty in junk. I have said it before, take something old and give it a fresh new look for your home. The shabby look is still in and so is mixing modern with vintage. Think of the benefits of finding something and being creative.

It’s cheap! You don’t have to pay big bucks at a designer store to get that look, you can do it on a dime! Find that great piece of furniture and transform it using a great coordinating color for your home. The DIY magazines are full of ideas and different looks for that special piece. Have you checked out Pinterest lately? It is full of awesome ideas.

Repurposing keeps it out of the landfill. We all know that is good for old mother earth, so try and do your part. Sometimes you will find it at a garage sale, a thrift store or even on the curb. Rescue it from sure death by disposal. It doesn’t have to be fancy but solid and sound is necessary. It is true that sometimes junk is well…just junk! It has to have good bones to turn it from a frog to a prince.

Of course it will be one of a kind. Nobody else will be able to duplicate what you have created. It’s your style, your inspiration and creativity so own it. Don’t be afraid of color, what is the worst thing that can happen? You don’t like it and have to repaint it? If you have to paint it twice rough it up in a few spots with sand paper and let a hint of color #1 come through color #2. Or glaze over it with a stain mixture and give it that aged look. Always clear coat it when you are finished.

There are so many cool ideas. We’ve shown you modge podge. Use pretty paper from the local craft store to cover the fronts of the drawers of a dresser. Replace the top of a table with repurposed wood for a cool vintage vibe. Line the back of your new book shelf or hutch with bead board paneling, tin ceiling tiles, wall paper or even paint it with a coordinating color for that unique pop. The ideas are endless, just dig down deep and come up with your own strategy.

It doesn’t have to be a piece of furniture. Redo a lamp. Or how about some picture frames. I have even taken apart a picture that I loved, repainted the matting and frame and put it all back together. How about the garden? Paint an old bike, planter, trellis or throw something together for the birdies to take a bath in. I know it sounds crazy and it is – crazy cool!

Whatever your thoughts you won’t succeed until you at least try. Make it a family project and let the kids help. What child doesn’t like to paint? Have your hubby sand the edges of your new piece for you. Take the time to get everyone involved. The craft stores have great knobs and pulls for furniture. You might even find handles first and do the whole piece around them. Pretty soon you will be inspired to try other things I guarantee it.

NEW Blog READ Here
Posted 6/10/2014 by Ms. J, Blogger & Attic Co-Owner
Welcome to the new Attic Blog! Each month we will post ideas, stories and decorating tips that will hopefully inspire the inner design diva in you. We all know she’s in there and sometimes she just needs a little inspiration to come on out.

This month we will talk about simple but effective ways to freshen up your favorite space. When the season changes I just want to mix it up at home without breaking the budget. It really does not have to cost a lot of money unless you get carried away and start replacing your large furniture pieces!

Pick a room, any room and start with something new or used that will set the tone for your new space. Maybe a picture, rug, new wall color or maybe just a décor item you love and want to feature front and center. Go through your house and gather anything else that might work with your new theme and bring it to an area where you can put everything together. As with any project, you have to start with the work before you get to the fun. If you are going to change the color, then start with that first. Although painting can be daunting, that is the quickest way to make the biggest impact when changing your space.

Whether or not your painting, move everything to the center of the room and give the area a good cleaning. Make sure to get all of the nooks and crannies that we never seem to get to. Don’t forget to wash the windows inside and out as it is amazing how great that alone can improve the look of a room.

Now the fun begins…. Call your girlfriend, open a bottle of wine and let’s get started. Play around with the furniture beginning with the anchor pieces. Try not to go back to the old arrangement. If you can, introduce at least one key piece from a different room. It could be different lamps, a side table, maybe a bookshelf? Be sure to consider your electrical outlet locations for a variety of lighting throughout the room when placing the furniture. Arrange pictures in groupings on the floor before hanging them on the wall. Make sure to hang them at eye level. Pictures that are too high seems to take the coziness out of a room. Don’t forget to add some new family photos in some really cute frames to personalize your new space. Add in the accessories! Some fresh flowers, new pillows, a nice soft throw across the couch and light an awesome scented candle. Ahhh, now look around at your new space so clean and shiny.

Remember, refresh your space with the things you love. It does not have to cost a lot of money, it just takes some thought and inspiration.  Have fun with it!