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New Year – New Ideas for your Home

This is the time of year we normally take a breather… a reset. It’s a time for hibernation and enjoying the benefits of a cosy home, with a roaring fire and a good book to read. Well, this may be a fantasy for some of us, but we can all watch a warm family movie, and have something we can perhaps aspire to.

Home is the one area that means such a lot to most of us

The reality in this particular year, of all years, is about staying in, staying safe and hunkering down. But this doesn’t mean we have to forego any fantastic new ideas, or new plans or even a brand new start at something. It provides us with a roof over our heads, and meets our fundamental needs, and is of course a place of safety and sanctuary.

We have been spending a lot more time at home over the past 12 months. Many of us have had to work from home, with most of our family around us all day long, and our social time out with friends and other colleagues have been radically reduced.

However, we have had plenty of time to reassess how we live and what changes we would like to make, given enough resources. It is perhaps a little early in the year for a spring clean, that is something we can concentrate on in a month or so and no doubt I will have some useful nuggets of help and advice to share with you.

Empowerment and Motivation

Now is the time to take a good long look at your home environment. Your wins and your failures, what works and what doesn’t. We may have a number of beautiful aspirations and images in our heads, but it helps if we look for ideas that are not exactly perfect, but are yet practical. That would help to empower and motivate us for sure.

In general, we aim to create a home that communicates the very soul of the people that live in it. And a home that tells our story. We want to surround ourselves with items that mean something to us, and to choose furniture and fittings that give us a feeling of happiness, of optimism, and of calm.

Here are my tips to help you to get started with your new plan:

  1. Itemise your main pieces of furniture with fresh eyes. Check out what in your opinion is unique, and has a story or a memory attached to it. Listen to your instincts, look at the items that stand out for you.
  2. Don’t get bogged down with minor details at this stage, just choose things that you love.
  3. Focus on what matters to you and don’t worry about making mistakes, eventually you will find out what suits you the most.
  4. You don’t need to employ the services of an interior designer, just trust in yourself.
  5. Create a Mood board with pictures, materials, colours that capture your attention.
  6. Define your style, your look, your colours.
  7. Draw up a basic floor plan for each area in your home.
  8. Look out for any troublesome points – areas you need to take into consideration.
  9. Take risks – make mistakes – it’s the only way to learn what works for you and make sure you get rid of anything that you don’t love or don’t need.
  10. Rearrange your furniture around and if it doesn’t look quite right, rearrange again until it feels right
  11. Plan a look for the whole space and then break it down to different styles/different themes for each area. Think about the flow and how it all fits together
  12. Above all, make sure you grow to love your home, and love the space you live in.

Read more of my Monday Motivation blogs HERE.

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