One of the things I love after Christmas is that eager anticipation of great things to come in the new year. However, this year it seems like many of the messages I'm seeing are so focused on saying "Good Riddance, 2020!" that we are missing out on the season of hope that typically follows the holidays.
I don't know about you, but I don't want to miss out on a season of hope! So for the first few blog posts this year, we're going to give a little extra attention to all the things we love about January. Over the next few weeks we will focus on refreshing, resetting, reviving, & restoring. This week we're kicking it off with our word of the week - Refresh.
Refreshing is all about bringing in new life, new energy. One reason I have such a passion for beautiful decor is the feeling of well being that comes from being in a well designed space. With the right decor a room can go from being a place of stress to a place that gives you energy.
Do you have a room in your house that completely sucks your energy? For me it's our laundry room that seems to be a catchall for all the things. I hate even going in there most days. It's so much easier to close the door and pretend there's nothing to see there. Can you relate? I think of our laundry room in contrast to the rooms I love the most, our living room & bedroom. Those rooms I enjoy being in & feel so relaxed and at peace there. What's the difference between these spaces? Good design and a lack of clutter!
Do you have a space or two that could use some love in your house? Maybe it's just an overflowing junk drawer or maybe it's more than just a couple of rooms. Here are some tips that I plan to use this year as I tackle refreshing my laundry room.
- Start with a blank slate. I know I share this tip in almost every list of tips, but it is the single most important tip I have. You will never get the results you want if you don't start here. If it's a drawer you're tackling, pull everything out. If it's a whole room or house, break it down in sections but remove everything from the space. Doing this very important step will give you the ability to see things differently. You may find a solution or design you never considered before!
- Donate or Discard. Joy is very good at this step. Me, not so much. I tend to fall into the "I may need this later." and "My best friend made me this potholder at art camp in 1996." category. However, you can't refresh a space with all the same stuff. So as I start to refresh my space, I know things are going to have to go.
- Decorate with Purpose. Now onto the fun part! When you start redecorating, remember why you are refreshing your space. You want a peaceful, cohesive space that energizes your spirit. Pick a theme/color scheme and stick with it. Look for accessories that complement each other and are the correct scale. Filling a space with a lot of cute items that are too small will still lead to a cluttered, less than peaceful space.
I would love to hear from you! What space do you want to refresh this year? Do you need a little extra help? I would love to make a house call or work with you through a virtual design appointment!
Until Next Time!
PS - Joy will be back to the blog soon! :)