We are a couple of weeks into the New Year, how are you doing with the goals you set for yourself? Exercising more, maintaining a healthy diet, and family focus are great resolutions for personal improvement, but what about your home? This area of your life is just as important for healthy living and if you don’t know where to start, follow some (or all!) of our Design Resolutions to help your home be at it’s best for 2017 and beyond.
1.- Make your bed every morning. We love designing beautiful beds for our clients with layers of pillows, blankets and all things fluffy and soft, but after we leave, do they make their beds? Each client has different wants and needs – some want a super simple style, and others will pile on as many pillows as we give them. Regardless of how detailed your style is, making your bed not only will give you a feeling of accomplishment, but will create a sense of order in your bedroom. At the end of the day, who doesn’t love crawling into a freshly made bed?
2.- Simplify your decor. Clutter is chaos and chaos causes stress. Home stores have beautiful displays of lots of pretty shiny things – don’t confuse merchandising with accessorizing. Stores are trying to make money and sell you more stuff. Think less is more, and reduce the number of accessories in your home. As a general rule, we suggest decorating with items that are the size of a cantaloupe or larger and eliminating the teeny tiny knick knacks.
If you know you have too many accessories that you keep on display because you don’t know what else to do with them, consider donating them. Create a dedicated “Donation Station” and eliminate 1 – 2 pieces every day…you’ll be amazed how quickly you can clean up and lessen the stress around you.
3.-And finally, resolve to use items that have sentimental value in your home’s decor. Family and your personal history provide a sense of foundation and stability – not to mention a reminder of how much love surrounds you. Dig items out of your closet, attic, or your family’s storage unit. Use the items that you have inherited or just held onto because they were cool or unique. If you don’t know what to do with them, but want to incorporate into your design, call a professional for advice; most designers have a consultation service that can provide solutions without a big budget commitment.
And if you’re feeling pumped and want some more design and decorating resolutions to implement around your house, check out our 2016 New Year, New Home Decor and 3 New Year’s Interior Design Resolutions from 2015 – both are still super applicable and easy to do.
What do you think? Do any of these resolutions for your home decorating inspire you to make some changes? Are you ready to get started? And if you need a jump start or assistance with the implementation, we are just a phone call away!