There are so many ways to change the look of your home and Wallpaper tops my list! Whether it is a small subtle pattern or a bold mural, it definitely makes an impact. The idea of wallpaper can be intimidating. The major turn-offs I hear most often from clients are its semi-permanent nature, the difficulty of doing it yourself, and wasting time and money. Yet, there are simple solutions to all those concerns. This is not your grandma’s wallpaper. Today’s wallpaper comes in a large variety of colors, patterns, and textures. If you are not ready to commit to a pattern or you are renting, many wallpaper options are removable. The visual impact and style are what makes wallpaper are worth the investment. If there is one thing you should try in your home this year its wallpaper.
Why You Should Use Wallpaper
Wallpaper adds visual interest to a room. It’s more than just color and more like art. It adds texture in a unique way bringing individuality to a room. The best part is that it doesn’t have to be permanent. Removeable wallpaper is also an option.
( via Atmosphere Interior Design )
Wallpaper I’m crushing on.
Grey Marble | Blush Marble
Abstract Black + White | Grey Floral
Palm Leaves | Gold Peonies
Gold Chainlink | Pink Geometric
Grey | Blue
Metallic Cork | Lavender Grasscloth
Should I D.I.Y or Call a Pro?
The choice to Do It Yourself or Call a Pro depends on your level of experience and confidence. Below I have outlined ways to help you make your decision:
Call a Pro If:
- It is specialty paper. Some wallpapers are especially delicate or difficult to work with and apply for those of us who are not on an expert level.
- You have never done it before and the paper was very expensive. Sometimes it costs more when you make errors.
- You don’t have the time. Hanging wallpaper can be tedious and time consuming for some.
Do It Yourself If:
- The pattern has a randomly repeated pattern. This is good for beginners and has less complicated and fewer cuts to make when matching edges.
- The wallpaper is removable. If you make a small mistake, this type of paper can be quickly repositioned to be fixed properly.
- Have time and patience. Also, if you have done this before and feel confident that you can execute the project.
The options with wallpaper are endless. Could you see any of these in your home?
Letting go can be hard. Its that time of year again, pre-holiday cleaning. Are you ready to tackle some projects around the house? Ready to give your home a new look? Yay! My #1 tip for getting started is declutter, declutter, declutter. Yes, just declutter, purge, organize, ect. You can’t truly have a fresh new space without first getting rid of the old junk. If you truly want a beautiful home you have to first let go of the old.
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris
Why Letting Go of Stuff is Hard
You may say, “Hold up! These things were expensive!” or “These things hold sentimental value! Look, this was my Backstreet Boys lunch box from high school” (Yup, that was a thing.)
Do you really love it though? If so, why is it in the back of a drawer covered in dust?
We take care of the things we love. We do not shove them in the back of the drawer and never look at them again. Typically, if you haven’t seen or used it in a year, odds are it’s not that special to you. Really evaluate and take inventory of what you have. You will be surprised how much stuff you really don’t need or want. When cleaning out those drawers and closets ask yourself these two simple questions.
- Have I seen this item within the last year?
- Does this add value to my everyday life?
Why Clutter is Messing Up Your Vibes
Clutter stresses you out!
Having to always move things out of your way or seeing it everywhere causes you stress. Researchers at U.C.L.A. found that when people are dealing with their belongings, the stress hormones will spike.
Clutter can make you sad and depressed.
Researchers have found a direct link between clutter and depression. Clutter makes it very hard for us to relax, creates feelings of guilt, and constantly signals that our work is never done according to Sherrie Bourg Carter, Psy.D.
Clutter can make you waste time and money.
You will spend a considerable amount of time looking for your stuff. You may forget to pay bills and have to pay extra fees for late payments. You may even buy duplicates of the same item because you either can’t find the item in your home or you’ve forgotten that you had it already.
Clear Things Out!
Clearing out the junk can improve your overall well-being. You will be less stressed, have more positive energy, and a relaxed mind.
A few simple ways to get started
You may be thinking, “I have so much stuff! How do I even begin to go through all this mess?!” No worries. Cleaning doesn’t need to complicated or exhausting. I follow these simple rules when beginning the decluttering process.
- Make a plan
- Pick a room to work on. Not the whole house just one room. Keep it simple.
- Set aside boxes or bins for sorting.
- Do a little at a time
- Schedule a day or two to get the job done.
- Set a timer and work like a crazy person.
- Set your timer. Try working for 30-60 minute intervals. You don’t want to burn yourself out and leave the task unfinished,
- Put on your favorite playlist and get to work to help pass the time and keep you focused. You will be amazed at how much you get done.
I have found that clearing out space is cathartic. You feel so much lighter and happier when things aren’t piled up, broken, or just taking up space. Still not sure where to start. Just download the Declutter Checklist to help get you started.
The process: Simple questions to ask as your purge
- Is this beautiful?
- Is this useful?
- Do I truly think it is worth having in my home?
If you answer no to any of those things, it has to go. Don’t think about, don’t hesitate. Just toss it. You have to be a decluttering gangsta.
Thanksgiving is one of the best holidays.
All my family and friends gather around to share a fabulous meal and even better company. Every year between my mother, sister, and I, we rotate who is in charge of Holiday Decor. As a family, we are very much into decor (shocker, right?), and this year is my turn. My focus for Thanksgiving was home, where I always feel most comfortable and safe.
After traveling so much in the past few months, I have been feeling a bit homesick. So, I wanted to create a table that felt uniquely like “home” for me. Home is simply love and family. No traditional Thanksgiving centerpiece this year. N-O. They often feel too formal and stuffy for me. It needed to be something that was a bit more relaxed and deconstructed. Setting the table should be simple and sophisticated.
Since my family resides in Georgia, I had to add magnolia into the mix. We have a few large trees in our yard so, I just went and trimmed a few branches. I created a small garland of magnolia leaves with a few painted gold for some texture and interest. I added pomegranates and oranges for the “harvest element” and for a touch of glam I used lots of gold accents. Everything is purposely low, so you can have a conversation with the person across from you without oversized flowers in the way. Afterall, the real star of the show is the food.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money and time on thanksgiving decor. A majority of everything I used is what I had laying around. With Christmas right around the corner, staying on budget is important.
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What is so special about this shade?
This subdued shade is highlighted as one of Pantone’s Spring 2016 colors. This gray has undertones of purple lending it an air of classic sophistication. It is truly a versatile that shade you can build your room around. If you wanted to keep the look more monochrome, make sure to add plenty of variation in tone and texture to the room does not look stagnant and flat. Another option would be to pair it with bright colors and metallics. Lilac Gray works well with metallics, soft pinks like Rose Quartz, deep jewel tones in purples, greens, and blues. The possibilities are endless.
MOOD: spiritual, feminine, luxury, creativity, sophistication, and magic
WHERE: All rooms!
WHAT NOT TO DO: The simplicity of this color can be a bit flat. Make sure to liven it up with other colors and textures. Try metallics (silver/gold) or a rose quartz.
If you are tired of the standard grays, beiges, or whites this would be a great option. The paint swatches above are great hues that are similar to Lilac Gray. If you want the true shade, most paint companies can and will match it for you.
Get The Look
- Watercolor Print
- Mirrored Frame
- Eclipse Agate Chandelier
- Amethyst Box
- Mina Sofa in Amethyst
- Faceted Mirror Coffee Table
What’s not to love about this shade? There is certainly nothing basic about this neutral palette. I would mix it with soft pinks, amethyst, and metallics. Make sure to add variety with texture and tone to keep the space interesting. Can you see yourself using this in your home?
As the weather grows cooler and we spend more time indoors. It is great to have your own special space to relax, curl up with a book, or check your email. Fall is the perfect time to begin this project. It will be winter before you know it.
What are the essential elements of a reading nook?
For a good reading nook, you need these must haves.
- A cozy seat. Having a comfortable seat is a non-negotiable. The entire point of a nook is to be comfy. You want something deep enough to curl up in or stretch out on. Especially since it will be a place where you plan on sitting for while. So, no hard chairs without cushion and nothing to narrow.
- A good light. When you are reading or working, proper light is important. It makes reading and using a digital device easier see than simple overhead lighting. Which keeps yours eyes from straining so you don’t get a headache.
- A side table. You need something to put your coffee and snack.
- A throw. In cool weather, you need something to keep you warm and cozy.
- A pillow. The pillow doesn’t just look good, it provides additional comfort.
Boho Chic Reading Nook
- Floor Lamp
- Side Table
- Butterfly Pillow
- Overdyed Area Rug
- Tangerine Throw
Modern Lux Reading Nook
- Modern Floor Lamp
- Area Rug
- Marble-Top Side Table
- Mongolian Lamb Pillow
- Luxe Throw
A few things to remember when creating your reading nook.
- You want to find a quiet corner of your home, someplace where you can relax and unwind. So, you don’t want to be in area of the house that is noisy or heavily trafficked like a tv room or kitchen. Think zen.
- Also, try to find an area that has good natural light. It is great to be able to enjoy the view and be close to natural elements.
- Include some of your favorite things into your nook. Do you have a favorite painting or photo? Favorite color? If you love it, your should try to make it a part of your nook. Being surrounded by the things we love make us happy and warm the soul.
- If you have a small space and don’t have the room for a designated nook. Try just making your spot on the sofa special. Add some flowers and a nice throw to your end of the sofa.
Whatever your personal style is, a reading nook can be a special space for you. It is the perfect opportunity to carve a “me” zone in your house. A place to away from the daily chaos of life. As the weather begins to cool off and we begin spending more time indoors, it’s even more important to make your home your haven. Try to creating a nook of all your own.
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