I’d love to say I’m one of those rebels who just can’t get enough of doing new stuff every single day, but I revel in my routine. I love my a.m. coffee run, I make sure I have zero unread emails before getting out of bed every morning and I wash my face after I shampoo. Never ever the other way around. With age comes wisdom though, and my experiences this year have taught me the importance of stepping outside of my comfort zone every once in a while. Whether I’m switching up my daily rituals, facing challenging experiences head-on or simply swapping out decorations in my boyfriend’s and my home, the moment always teaches me something valuable. And I’m always grateful I took the risk, no matter the outcome.
Londoner Ruthie Matthews of Design Soda learned just how rewarding it can be to push yourself as well when she took a risk of her own: overhauling her upstairs hallway sans contractors. Once doused in all white and with accessories galore, the space was begging to be switched up. This wasn’t going to be a simple decor swap, though. Ruthie wanted to go big and had dreams of grandeur. Specifically, she hoped to hand paint a triangular wall treatment as well as a staircase runner. She knew she could do it… maybe.
Instead of letting fear get to her, Ruthie silenced the naysayer in her head and went for it. As she pulled up the painter’s tape strip by strip, a smile crossed Ruthie’s face. She’d done it. The space was going to look marvelous. With a newfound confidence in her design POV, Ruthie then sprinkled the hallway with modern accessories and additional hand-painted elements. Every one of them is carefully curated, and each serves as a testament to both taking chances and trusting your gut. Hopefully the results inspire you to do the same. Scroll down to check it out, and enjoy! —Garrett
Photography courtesy of Ruthie Matthews
Image above: Ruthie felt the gallery of artwork was too busy and overpowered the tight space, so she dialed down its accessories. To keep the look from veering too “minimal,” she then replaced the smattering of decorations with large blocks of wall color.