Happy Thursday everyone!!
If you missed my Holiday Gift Guide, click HERE. I don't want anyone to miss it because it has a ton of gift ideas... something for everyone! The goal was to ease the stress of holiday shopping for you guys. There are a lot of fun and different gift options on there that will make your gift giving efforts unique!
Yesterday we took baby Aspen to the doctor for her TWO WEEK check-up. Goodness. How is she already two weeks old? Pretty soon she will be talking and then she will be walking across the stage at her high school graduation............... ( me = crying ). She gets to meet a few more of her grandparents this weekend, and we are so excited. This girl has a huge family that already loves her so much. I can't wait for everyone to meet our sweet girl. It's hard being in CO and having most of our family in GA, but I'm thankful for FaceTime and all of the opportunities that we have to "see" our family and friends whenever we want, even though we can't be right there with them every day. How lucky are we??
Okay, so this week I want to talk to you guys about making your home what YOU want. It seems like these days people want to transform their homes into what is "popular" at the time... but what about when something new comes along?? You know, every year there is a different "color of the year", (I especially like this 2019 color.), and sometimes we just don't want to paint our homes every single year! I mean that is a lot of work, right? So how can you make your home YOURS and still keep it "with the times"? Good question.
ART AND WALL DECOR-
There are plenty of ways to incorporate great art into your space that doesn't have to break the bank, but is also art that you actually personally enjoy. Look at the space that you currently have and ask yourself if you actually enjoy it, or if you just tolerate it. There is a huge difference in the two, and when you spend so much time in such a significant place, you need to enjoy it! So what's stopping you? Time? Money? Drive? HELLOOOOO- this is your home we are talking about. It's worth the investment. You're most likely investing in it every month anyways (rent, mortgage, etc)... so why not make it EXACTLY what you want? Maybe that means setting some money aside every month for a few months and dreaming up what you can do with the place. Maybe that means hiring someone to help you actually be able to visualize and bring to the surface what you never even dreamed possible. This doesn't mean that you have to completely renovate your home. Start small! Change your accessories and art around. Maybe grab a few new things that you feel bring out what you like about yourself, your family, friends, loved ones, and arrange them in a way that you like. Maybe even paint something yourself. Make it abstract! Nothing makes your home feel more you than a great piece of art that you created... unless your brain just doesn't work that way. Let's not force it. You can buy some nice pieces that don't have to take a huge toll on your bank account.
There is no doubt that people want to feel "comfy" in their own home. So what IS comfy? Some people like the way that "sterile" homes feel, and that's fine! They are just not as personble and because of that they generally don't make you want to curl up and relax. Homes that make you want to relax have a little more going on. We're talking pillows, blankets, curtains, rugs, and even greenery ( we will talk about greenery for tip #3 ). All of these textiles add something to a room.. TEXTURE. Texture doesn't have to mean rough or scratchy. It can mean soft, smooth, bumpy, you name it. Even patterns can provide a sense of texture. This is called visual texture. Texture and layers are two things that provide ample comfort to a space. Think about it. When you visit a very "commercial" space ( Dr. office, waiting rooms, etc. ), these places don't usually have a lot of texture or soft goods hanging around, and they generally feel pretty sterile and stiff. This doesn't mean that they aren't well designed, but the point of these places is not for you to get cozy like you do in your own home. More layers = more comfort.
Everyone has a different opinion about plants and greenery. Some people just don't have that green thumb! Throughout the past year or two I have really enjoyed learning about different plants- where they thrive, where they just can't quite keep up, the origins, etc. It's crazy how different environments determine the life of a plant. I had about 20 plants when I lived in Greenville and I brought just 6 of them with me out to Colorado... only 3 of them are still kicking. It's not even from the cold that they can't survive, because they are inside. I guess it's the difference in the sun coming in through the windows. Who knows...
Greenery is another way to add a different level of texture to your home. I'll let you in on a secret... The plants don't even have to be real. Obviously the real plants usually have more character, but hey if you can't keep up with them then the artificial ones are a great alternative. If you have a neutral space, keep plants with green and neutral colors. If you have a space with an accent color, flowers are a great way to bring in a little bit more of that accent. They don't have to be anything huge, but again, this will bring texture and personality to a space that wasn't there before. Whether you realize it or not, plants bring life into a space. Succulents work too! Easy to take care of ( usually ) and bring some extra character into a space. World Market has some great planters that are just kind of different. They also have some nice hanging ones too!
I hope you guys enjoyed this post! If you did, leave a comment and let me know. Feel free to share with your friends and family. Lots of good things to come, and I don't want anyone missing out. Also, let me know what you may be struggling with in your home and I'll be more than happy to get a discussion going and write a post to help get your creative juices flowing!
Have a great weekend everyone!