Favorite accessories reflect places you have been and your connection to them. In this grouping, a replica of the Brophy Chapel from one of the fundraising luncheons is a back drop for a stone “Christ the Redeemer” sculpture from Brazil. Mix it up and regroup as you bring new objects home. It freshens up your look and makes your home more interesting and a reflection of your interests.
Feeling unsettled about EVERYTHING? Numerous studies and books indicate people are looking for personal order and peace. Organization books are popular as well as others with joy and happiness as a priority. Your home can provide these living spaces.
As we accumulate our storage options change. Love to entertain? Keep your dishes, linens, etc. in conveniently located spaces so it isn’t such a chore to get them out for the party. No room to entertain? Seating needs to reflect the number of people and how they can interact most comfortably. Use high tops with bar stools for wine. A small table for tea. For lunch for 6-8 people, consider a fire pit with cushioned chairs. Create space for interacting with others and enjoy the simple pleasures of chatting with a friend, a reading or a game area.
If you never use it, relocate it, provide better access or eliminate it.
Now that home prices have recovered it may be time to adjust the amount of space you have based on the lifestyle that is most enjoyable. Your quality time may be hiking, eating in a restaurant with a fireplace or a luxurious bed at home. Just so it works for your best life!
Celebrate your uniqueness! Your personal accumulation of what is visible in your home tells your story – so is it boring or interesting? It takes more time to personalize than pick up a piece of art or an accessory but it is also more interesting. Do you have photos from trips? These can be printed on canvas. Or you can select other’s photos to have printed of your favorite locations. Children can give a photo wall an updated look in larger canvas formats. Choose 3, 5 or 7 larger format photos and use them alone or mingle with more traditionally framed family photos. Choose the “best of” photo rather than every child, every year. Old photos can also be formatted in this updated style. Tell your family history by selecting a few to mix in with newer photos. See some ideas on my Pinterest board: Family Photos
So is everyone painting their interiors white? Your home is about your comfort so if you are in a small or dark space then white is great. But we have expansive homes and high ceilings in the spacious Southwest and warmer whites into darker neutrals give these areas a more inviting ambiance. White was the color of the year in 2017 but now we’re into other vibrant colors for 2018. The Sherwin-Williams’ color for the year is Oceanside and the Pantone selection is Ultra Violet.
When your favorite color is popular, stock up on sheets and towels. They are available when the color is in and may not be otherwise.
Most of my clients like a warm, comfortable space so white white is too institutional. Paint is the least expensive way to freshen up and lighten up.
If you have a favorite painting, use the most dominant color in the painting to expand the art and space.
Charcoal can be a dramatic change in either a small powder room (Do the ceiling as well.) or as an accent.
Florals have been seen and promised but where are they? It is surprising the time it takes for the trends to be available to the general public! Florals were showing up in designer dresses a few years ago but are still hard to find in the stores. Of course, designer fabric lines have always been a source of florals and now stores like Anthropologie have floral sofas for sale! Designers can recover your existing sofa and or chairs as well. Mario Buatta be still! Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen have dark floral carpets and cushions. Bold red roses against black and Ted Baker’s unique florals are leading into a blooming and colorful spring! Not ready for an all-out commitment? Start with pillows!
Are your ceilings boring? If so, do something about it! Beams can be added, drywall detailing, tin ceilings for a vintage look or paint! The left photo is a stencil on an 8’ ceiling to add interest. A stencil like this gives interest without lowering the ceiling The photo on the right shows how beams will make the ceiling lower as they extend down.
Tongue and groove wooden ceiling from light to dark is another textural option for variety. If the ceiling is too high, bring molding down on the wall and end the ceiling color at the molding.