Stuck in a home rut? This Valentine’s Day follow our easy-fix, rekindle-the-magic solutions and show your home some love
A home is like a marriage. Think about it. Once upon a time your home was Mr/Ms Right. Remember when you first moved in? Those heady days when everything was shiny and new, and just stepping over the threshold made your heart flutter.
But fast-forward a few years and the gloss has worn off. Life/kids/mortgage get in the way and, all of a sudden, your home forgets to take the trash out one too many times and OH MY GOD IF IT LEAVES ITS PANTS ON THE FLOOR ONE MORE TIME, WE’RE GOING TO *!@%!&@
Deep breaths. You’re in a home rut. What to do? Sure, you could move but moving is expensive. So is redecorating. What if we told you there were a few simple steps you could take to rekindle the magic? Teeny-tiny steps that build incrementally and remind you why your home was The One in the first place. So, pick one step or pick them all. Whatever you do, commit to the relationship - and prepare to fall in love again!
Fire up the flower power
There’s a reason why every house tour you’ve ever clicked on features fresh flowers in every photograph! Flowers brighten any space. We are huge fans of single-flower bouquets (preferably all-white) but go with your gut. Homegrown flowers lift the soul and won’t break the bank. Neither will a simple houseplant. Also - shhhhh - it’s ok to fake it. Faux flowers last forever and are perfect for people who have a tendency to kill their plants (um, us).
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Cut the clutter
Did you know the average American household contains a shocking 300,000 items? Free up some space and your home will feel twice the size. Overwhelmed? Break it down into zones, then tackle the zone that makes you most want to scream the most first. We always advise clients to prioritize their entryway. How you enter/exit sets the tone for the whole house. Also: baskets hide a multitude of sins.
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Switch up your art
This is a quick fix but an effective one. One or two new pieces (they don’t have to break the bank) go a long way to freshening up a space. We LOVE a gallery wall. If you’re nervous about committing (and we hear you), we recommend these fantastic gallery wall shelves. You can mix and match your art without ever having to hammer in a picture hook. Perfect for the easily bored/inspired…!
(photo credit: Marianne Magraff)
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Create a signature scent
Don’t wait for a special occasion to fill your home with fragrance. Indulge yourself (and that’s an order!) Whether you’re Team Candle or Team Diffuser, the secret is to use just the right amount of scent so the overall effect isn’t cloying. Love candles? Go for beeswax or soy-wax: they burn more cleanly than paraffin ones. And when in doubt, choose citrus. It refreshes, soothes, and smells clean all at once. Yum!
(photo credit: Harlowe James)
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Transform a corner
Reworking your whole house feels overwhelming? So start small and make over a corner. Love the view from your bedroom window? Find a way to make the most of it. Add an upholstered bench or a window seat. Lusting after a reading nook? A floor lamp + a side table for your coffee mug + a luxe blanket et voila! Pick a spot that makes you feel calm and centered and build from there.
(photo credit: Pinterest)
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Corrie & Jennifer