Now more than ever we are turning to our homes for shelter, and refuge. The recent events have us stuck at home, waiting to get back to our lives. Things have changed a lot in just a couple of weeks. We are now confined to our homes, working and living in the same spaces, and if you are like so many people, you are now realizing your space needs a little something. A little shake, and spice to bring some charm back to it.
You are now suddenly stuck looking at your walls, and thinking “How have I been living in this space all this time?” Let’s be real we are all feeling the same…You are stuck at home, so let’s make your space a whole lot better!
Send me your before and after pictures. I would love to see your progress!
How to decorate your home with things you already own.
1. Declutter Your Space
How do you plan to use this space? Look at the functionality of the space and how you intend to use it. Remove anything that doesn’t belong. Keep only the essentials, and what will serve the purpose for this space. Decluttering will make the room look bigger and lighter.
2. Swap Your Furniture Layout
Rearrange your furniture for a change in scenery, and a refreshing way to enjoy your space again.
3. Paint a Piece of Furniture
Be resourceful with things you already own. I love paint samples, because they can always be used to transform old and worn furniture pieces. Do you have an item that has seen better days? Give it new life with a little paint. Be creative, you can use one color, or a variety of colors to make it stand out.
4. Loose Some Furniture
Sometimes clients have a hard time with their floor plan, and it’s usually because they have a lot of furniture in their space. Take out any oversize items, or excess furniture. A large room can look small when you have a lot of furniture in it, or if the scale is wrong.
5. Add Something New
Add something else to your space- look around your house, do you see a piece art, or a furniture piece that will complement your new space? Don’t worry about mixing styles, eclectic spaces have the most personality.
6. Set Up a Table Escape
Create a magazine worthy table escape with things from around your house. Gather flowers from your garden and put them in a vase. Use sea shells and beach pebbles and put them in a mason jar, or add fruit in a wire basket. Add a candle and family photo and arrange the items on a tray. Creating layers of high and low objects, color and textures.
7. Create a Vignette
Use a console, or storage cabinet to create a lovely vignette with accessories. Remember to combine high and low objects like table lamp, large art piece, basket and colorful accessories. Create layers of different heights, textures and colors.
8. Organize a Bookshelf
Reorganize a bookshelf by combining family photos, greenery, decorative accessories and books. If you own a lot of books, organize them by color. Stack books on the shelf, layer in baskets and boxes. Have fun, this is a creative way to display things that matter most to you and your family.
9. Refresh with Accessories
Look around your home and repurpose accessories from other rooms to complete your new look! Repurpose pillows, art work or decorative accents. Accessories are the details that will pull your project together, so don’t skip this part. It’s also the most fun!
10. Include Plants and Flowers
Don’t forget to include lively indoor plants and flowers into your new space. They will make your project look complete and homely. Silk plants are great for easy maintenance, but real life plants and flowers have great benefits for cleaning the air in the environment, and give oxygen. Flowers add a touch of warmth and femininity.
Claudia Davis | Owner, Interior Designer | House and Harmony Design Studio
Claudia Davis is a native of San Diego, California, and longtime resident of the beautiful coastal community of Carlsbad. She created House and Harmony with the desire to make interior design services more accessible. She loves to create functional and stylish, practical and luxurious spaces.