Here’s How to Embrace Minimalism

In our culture of consumerism, it’s hard not to always want more, more, more. However, by paring down your belongings to things you actually want and will enjoy, you can get more use out of what you have and find more inner peace in your home.

In short, less will actually be more. Here’s how to get started with minimalism and turn over a new leaf in the new year.

Take inventory

Start out by going through your belongings and organizing into piles of “keep,” “donate/sell” and “trash.” Aim to either donate/sell or trash items that you rarely use or don’t need anymore.

Reduce duplicates

If you currently have 10 pairs of jeans, it may be worth looking at reducing that number, even if you still like and wear them all. Free up the space in your closet and give yourself less choices when getting dressed in the morning.

Pare down

Particularly with decor, paring down can make a world of difference. Look at shelving units, mantles or wall decor. How would it look if you removed a few items? Do you genuinely like all of your tchotchkes and display items? Chances are, removing one or two items from each shelf and streamlining your mantle will give your home a cleaner, fresher feel.

Bring less in

One of the toughest tenets of minimalism is not allowing more clutter to build up. Set a goal to reduce shopping, cut back on physical gifting (opt for experience gifts instead!) and aim to immediately sort new papers and mail right when they come through your front door.

Get a system

The most systems you can set up to keep clutter down and maintain minimalism, the more effective your efforts will be. For instance, make going through your closets and various collections a seasonal thing. Have an organization system in place that makes it clear when certain items are unneeded.

The less cluttered your home is, the more room you’ll have for the items you truly love and need to shine. And one last tip: With your decor, opt for form and function. Like, you know, a really beautiful mirror, perhaps?

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Look Out for These Interior Design Trends in 2021

It’s hard to believe it, but 2020 is finally over. With a new year comes new hope and new trends. After spending so much time in your home last year, you might be ready for a refresh — so now’s the time to start tracking the interior design trends that are bound to make a splash.

Here’s what home decor trends you can expect to be big in 2021.

Comfortable furniture 

We’re all spending a lot more time on our furniture, so function will continue to win out over form. Expect more oversized couches that give off a “sit here and binge an entire season on Netflix” vibe.

Natural woods

Expect lighter finishes and natural wood colors to take the place of dark stain in the new year. With both furniture and accents, home decor styles are going to get a much more understated and natural feel.

Bolder colors 

Walls, on the other hand, stand to go bold. While neutral paint colors have been all the rage for a while, deeper, darker and bolder colors are expected to be the more fashionable choice in 2021.

Enter “grandmillennial” 

Yes, you read that correctly. The latest and greatest design trend mixes the old fashioned comfort of grandma’s house with a touch of chic. Think throwbacks, but updated. For instance, imagine pairing an ornate framed mirror with some understated floral wallpaper.

Plants, plants, plants 

Along with the natural wood trend, 2021 will also bring more nature inside with plenty of greenery and plans. While you can certainly find convincing fake plants, perhaps 2021 is finally the year you develop a green thumb.

Of course, you know our stance on home design trends: go with what you like. When it comes to the interior of your home, you deserve to enjoy your decor long after the trends have come and gone, so make your decisions based on what you want to live with for the long haul.

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How to Modernize Your Space

If you’re feeling weighed down by your outdated decor style, it might be time to modernize! However, saying it’s time to modernize and actually doing it are two entirely different things. But don’t worry — we have some great ideas to simplify the process and allow you to take small, simple steps towards a refreshed, timely style.

Here are our five best tips for modernizing your space:

Update your lighting

Nothing will make your space feel more drab and outdated than darkness. By updating your lighting — either by switching out old fixtures or simply adding more. You know that dark corner of your living room? Fill it with a fresh, new floor lamp and see how more lively your room instantly feels.

Update window treatments 

If heavy curtains and blinds are weighing down your rooms, this might be another great opportunity to lighten it up. Perhaps the rest of your style is fairly neutral — if so, your curtains could provide the perfect opportunity to go bold with colors and patterns. Shop around and find something that fits your style.

Add removable wallpaper

We know, we know. Once upon a time, wallpaper was thought of as one of the most dated aspects in home decor. But wallpaper is now back and better than ever. In fact, you can even find wallpaper that’s easy to install and remove. Look for a fun, quirky pattern and see how much a new accent wall affects the feel of your space.

Embrace round mirrors 

Round mirrors are all the rage in modernization — extra points if they’re also metallic, like our gold and nickel styles. Use one as the focal point of your new gallery wall or in the entryway of your home to instantly set the tone for your new modern style.

Lighten up your paint

Continuing with the quest for a bright and airy feel, a fresh coat of paint can work wonders on making your space feel more lively and modern. Aim for lighter colors that make everything feel more open, then go bold with your decor accents.

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5 DIY Gifts for a Creative (and Inexpensive!) Holiday Season

Do you love crafting? Are you looking to save money on gifts this holiday season? Well, now is your time to shine!

Homemade gifts are a great way to flex your creative muscles and save a little money — plus, the effort they involve can really mean a lot to your recipients. In fact, even if you aren’t much of a crafter, you can find plenty of homemade gifts that require little artistic ability, but still make a big impression.

Here are some ideas to get your holiday DIY inspiration flowing:

Homemade sugar scrub

Give the gift of self-care with this easy-to-make sugar scrub where you can customize the scent. If you’re feeling festive, add in some peppermint essential oils for a light, wintery smell. Then package it up in a cute container, tie on a ribbon and you’re all set.

DIY coasters

Pick up some white square tiles and gather together some scraps of festive wrapping paper. Then, all you need is a little Mod-Podge to adhere the wrapping paper to the tile and — wa-la! — you’ll have a set of custom holiday coasters perfect for gifting.

Homemade granola

Easy to make in a big batch, granola makes a great gift that recipients can enjoy in a variety of ways. Plus, once you mix your ingredients together, it’s just a matter of baking it up, then finding cute bags or containers to gift in. Try this recipe for a holiday spice granola.

DIY wreath

Everyone loves decorating for the holidays, and there are countless different styles and ideas for easy-to-make wreaths. Stop at your nearest craft store to find wreath forms and endless inspiration.

Decorative mirror or picture frame

If you have a bland mirror or picture frame, spice it up with some custom holiday decorations, some pretty mosaicked tile or a nice coat of paint. Now you have an inexpensive, completely customizable gift!

These ideas are just the beginning — the inspiration for DIY holiday gifting is endless!

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Find the Right Balance Between Decor and Clutter

If you’re someone who loves stuff, you might sometimes wonder if you’ve gone too far. After all, what’s the difference between having plenty of decor…and having too much clutter?

The truth is, it’s a slippery slope — and in order to avoid falling down it, you need to carefully cultivate your own decor style against a little self-editing. Luckily, you don’t have to figure it out all on your own. We have three great tips to help you find balance and avoid the clutter trap.

Work with white space

If you’re staging shelves or a mantle, make sure the decor items you select also have room to breathe. By over-stacking or filling the entire space, you can easily overwhelm the items you want to shine. Instead, insert some space and stick to decor elements that you really want noticed. Another way to achieve this is to choose items of varying heights and sizes to allow you to play with both vertical and horizontal white space.

Accent with pieces that expand, not shrink 

There’s a reason that a cluttered room often feels smaller than it actually is. When you weigh your space down with stuff, you make your entire area feel heavy. Instead, look for airy furniture, like glass top tables or couches that sit up higher on legs. Accenting with lighter-colored items and mirrors will also make a room feel more open and bright, which will help to counteract any clutter concerns.

Stick with what you love

It may seem like simplistic advice, but decor for decor’s sake will get old quick. Instead, invest in decorations that you really love so they won’t feel like clutter. By choosing items that only “spark joy” (a la Marie Kondo), you won’t have to worry about feeling overwhelmed by items that take up space in your home, but not in your heart.

When in doubt? Always go with the concept of “less is more.” Adding new decor items slowly as you feel inspired is an easier path to take than getting rid of things that never made you happy after months of feeling overwhelmed.

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