Hello friends and Happy New Year!! I have been planning out a bunch of New Year Resolutions of the usual sort, but today I thought it would be fun to think of a few decorating resolutions. I’ve come up with 3 decorating resolutions which I will share below, and then I want to hear yours – are you with me?
above: Holly’s home; decor8
When we bought our house we had recently moved from California and left much of our furniture behind, which meant starting from scratch on a very tight budget. The first year I focused on getting all of the rooms painted and sourcing affordable main pieces to fill our rooms and provide a neutral backdrop. Fast-forward two years to today and you would find our home comfortable, but if I am being honest, a bit…plain. Mostly white and natural woods fill our rooms, and there are very few decorative accents. Things came to a halt decorating-wise when Bixby came along (as they should) but now I feel ready to get back in the game.
Decorating Resolution #1: Use more color.
I love white, and I plan on keeping a lot of it in my home. But I want to begin adding a thread of color to cheer things up. A bit of color makes me happy! One place to start will be our living room rug – the current natural fiber one is getting a bit worn out, and I think this will be a great place to add a pop of color in what is our main room.
above: Holly’s home; decor8
Decorating Resolution #2: Layer in small but meaningful accessories.
I love little stacks of fun books, small floral arrangements, handmade pottery and artwork, candlesticks, plants, buntings, soft sculpture, and on and on – why don’t I have these things that make me so happy? It’s time to begin slowly layering in the small things that really make a house feel personal and warm.
Decorating Resolution #3: Make space for open shelving & style it.
I just adore a home with a well-styled bit of open shelving, don’t you? It is the perfect place to house fun collections of both useful and decorative belongings, and the creative potential is just about limitless. This year, I would like to create a space for open shelving somewhere in my home. My top pick would be in the kitchen – I love the warm gray of our kitchen walls, and I am dying to replace some of the upper cabinets with open shelving to show off more wall color and create a place for display. If that proves impossible, there are a few other spots I could sneak in some open shelves!
Okay, those are my 3 resolutions, now it’s your turn! If you could create or change anything in your home this year, what would it be? Are you trying to clear clutter? Create a more cohesive color palette? Replace some of your college dorm-era furniture with more lasting pieces? I want to hear, so please share your decorating resolutions for 2012 in the comments!
Happy New Year! xo Laura