I totally get that feeling when you’ve become frustrated and discouraged about your home. Maybe you live in a large space and feel overwhelmed or you live in a small space and have become stressed about fitting it all in. Maybe you want to remodel but can’t afford it. Maybe you just want to throw everything away and drop the modern interior design for boho. Well… I can’t really fix all those problems. BUUUUT I CAN offer some advice I have learned over time to freshen up your home with some little tweaks here or there that might just be all you need….at least for now.
So let me just throw this out there for those of you who might be timid about thrift stores….DON’T BE! Please Please please don’t be scared of a good ol fashion second hand store. Now I’m specifically referring to little vintage knick knacks or old paintings and that kind of stuff but I really try not to be closed minded when I visit these places. Yes it definitely takes a more digging to find those kind of special pieces so I would bring some hand sanitizer. But don’t let that discourage you. We are all so different with varying tastes and home interior styles right? Thats why thrift stores are perfect for all different kinds of people out there because we are all individuals. You never know what goodies you might find. OH and let’s remember it’s cheap! You might just find the right little piece that you didn’t even know you were looking for.
Simple idea that maybe we just forget about doing sometimes but seriously easy to do. Update some of those frames sitting around your house and trust me it makes a huge difference. Quick fix that just might be the trick to your gloomy decor mood. People love looking at photos when they are visiting your home. Also remember they don’t all need to be personal photos of you or your friends and kids. Replace some of them with artwork or quotes that inspire you. With that thought, art is totally subjective so what you choose to hang up is based on your own personal taste but I did post a few prints I like. Etsy and Society 6 are both perfect places to find tons of different prints and original artwork. Just click on the photo to find the source.
Add some greenery. Go to home depot or your local nursery and check out some of the indoor plants These type are typically easy to take care of and a great way to cozy up your home. You could start with a couple small potted succulents scattered throughout the house or a bunch in one spot and eventually work your way up to larger ones. Plus they are cheap considering how long they last, even if they don’t end up surviving. I would say the easiest ones for me to keep alive are usually the scary spiky ones and the aloe vera plants. But if you really want statement piece pick up a larger plant like the yucca or the madagascar dragon tree which purify the air and stand tall. Also might I add, if you have young kids, this is a perfect chore to add to their list. Buy a little spray bottle with water and let them go at it. Just be careful of any spiky cactus you might have.
ADD SOME MOOD LIGHTING. Who doesn’t love a gently lite room at night after the kids go to bed. Especially one that gives you the perfect amount of zen and relaxation you were waiting for since 3 o’clock that afternoon? My go to… string lights. I’m not talking about christmas lights, but I guess if that works for you more power to ya. Indoor lights are not just for holidays or special occasions. Try these warm white LEDs on a copper flexible wire from Amazon. They are only $28.99 and come with a timer and remote with 11 different brightness settings. I turn mine on every night and absolutely love the soothing glow that lightly dims the room. String it around the window or shelves in your kids room if they need a night light. I kind of want some for every room.
I hate to say this last one because although it doesn’t cost anything, which is a plus, it takes more effort, which is a minus. And not the “fun, I gotta go shopping, kind of effort.” More like “cleaning effort.” DECLUTTER. This is for those of you who tend to pile things up, save everything, or have kids that are growing out of their toys. Maybe it’s time to organize and you don’t even realize it or maybe you just don’t want to. But maybe, it’s time. Label things you want to keep but don’t want out taking up space. Baskets are your friend. I know taking the time to even start is the hardest part but once you do it is so worth it. You’ll feel accomplished and will definitely feel better each time you walk into that room. These tubs from Urban outfitters are just an idea to help you get motivated.