For years, I’ve always been known as the Black Thumb of our household.
Give me the heartiest of plants and I’ll show you how to kill it.
Overwatering, underwatering, too much sunlight, too little sunlight…I’ve pretty much done it all. However, with this New Year I’ve made a resolution to change all that. I’m determined and motivated to finally become that weird plant lady that names her house plants like members of the family and has occasional conversations with them without shame.
Goals, people. Goals.
For a few months now I’ve been researching different plant types and care instructions and have a game plan to add a bit of greenery (yes — it WILL stay green!!!) to our new house. I’ve narrowed it down to 4 different styles of plants that each have their own unique personalities and style — just like us.
With each passing day we’re getting closer and closer to completing the renovation house. As we near the finish line, my attention has shifted from construction projects and finishes, to the details that make a house a home.
Home decor is always a fine balance between save and splurge. I’m not talking about the large scale furniture staples that anchor the room — those you should always invest in, in my opinion. I’m talking about those smaller tables, decor, accessories and design elements that make a house feel warm, inviting and a lived-in extension of you and your family.
As we move into this New Year, many of you have been looking for ways to give your home an easy (and inexpensive) refresh, so I wanted to share with you some of my best home decor online resources for those on a budget.
Read on, and find out exactly what to buy where and where to buy what… you just may be surprised with what you find!
When it comes to interior home design/renovation, I dare to say that the closet is probably high on the list of priorities for most women… maybe even some men, too!
I’ve never had a huge closet and that’s been fine. Even with this massive renovation and a 5th bedroom conversion into a master bathroom, laundry room and closet, our master walk-in closet is not super large. What it IS is functional, bright and the best possible use of space in our 1960’s-built colonial.
While this space is important, it’s also one of the last rooms addressed so budget is critical at this stage. It seems I have quite the conundrum on my hands, huh!?
To pimp the closet, or to not pimp the closet… THAT, my friends, is the question.
Did you know that in some countries and cultures, a New Year is welcomed with new window coverings?!
Honestly, I’m not sure quite why… but it’s a fact. I swear, I didn’t make it up.
In my case, I’m also starting off 2018 with a reluctant focus on window coverings — I’ve got 14 of my own to contend with at the house! No matter how many homes I style (my own and clients’), window treatments are probably my least favorite part of the design process. I partially blame this hatred of blinds, shades and curtains on the price.
Ok, I fully blame this hatred on the crazy cost!
Window treatments are one of the most underestimated and overlooked decorating expenses. If you like to feel an enormous pit in the bottom of your stomach and possibly throw up a little in your mouth, just go price out custom window treatments for an entire house. Unfortunately, not only are window treatments a practical necessity (privacy, light control, heat efficiency) but a home can look sad and unfinished until the last piece of decor is beautifully hung in place.
No one wants a sad and unfinished home. So here’s how to fix that — without going broke.
A “good sleep” leaves you feeling refreshed in the morning, with added benefits of skin/collagen regeneration and a metabolic boost. You look better AND you feel better — who doesn’t want that!?
Unfortunately, as we get older stress, hormones, and the general patterns of life sometimes get in the way of a good sleep — especially during the holidays. Rather than tossing and turning all night long (because there is nothing more frustrating than THAT), I recommend trying these 6 strategies to get your sleep on!
Your weekly emotional state can swing wildly depending on a number of factors (progress, project hiccups, finances, deadlines, etc.). It’s not uncommon to feel feelings of excitement, trepidation, frustration and joy simultaneously.
(A word of warning: This holiday gift guide is for mature audiences only!)
We all have one.
Hell, we may even BE one?!
You know, your favorite gal who tells it like it is. No holds barred. Lays it all out there… with a few F-bombs thrown in for good measure. She likes her conversation kicked up a notch (or twenty) with some verbal heat. But, you know her best and behind that sassy and crassy exterior lies a big ball of sentimental mush, who will tear up and thank you profusely for thinking of her this season.
First off, I wanted to say thank you to those of you who submitted your official votes for THE GREAT COFFEE TABLE CHALLENGE! Based on the comments thus far, this is going to be an extremely tight race to the end. Don’t worry if you haven’t voted yet, as I’ll be leaving the official polls open until Sunday. Honestly, I could use all the help I can get, so take a moment and weigh in!
Aside from hearing from you all, here are a few other things I’ve been loving lately…
When it comes to renovation and home design, some decisions come very quickly — “Uhhh, YES please make my closet as large as possible with a bright window!“, while others can take a bit more time to process.
In the case of my family room coffee table, even 2 months after starting this home renovation project, I’m still in the “processing” phase.