If you’ve ever designed or decorated any space that you’ve lived in, you know that pulling it all together can be a bit daunting. But it really shouldn’t be! This will be a three-part blog series and quick guide about highlights of key elements to consider as you embark on designing and decorating your home.
What’s your vibe?
Space and flow
Your overall budget (sometimes so tough, I know… but so key!)
Ok, let’s break the first one down…. what’s your vibe?
Think about things like, what style(s) do you gravitate towards? where have you lived? where have you travelled? what are your hobbies? how do you want your guests to feel when they walk through the front door? As you think through these questions, it’s also so important to take most of the senses into consideration: smelling, seeing, hearing and touch.
No matter what the personal style is, when I walk into a home, my first impression is the smell I take in. I love something as simple as a candle or incense in an entryway (and really every room!). Some of my favorite candles are Votivo, Diptyque, Voluspa; right now, I’m obsessed with the Parisian incense Oulan Bator by Astier de Villatte. And the beautiful box that it is packaged in is a small piece of art on a table.
When I start to look around a space, seeing unique pieces that are eye-catching and really set the tone of the space are impactful. Whether you have a more modern vibe or more of a traditional flair, think about what pieces you really love and start there, then build around it. I love to have a mix of new pieces with old world. For example, using a dining table that may have been passed down to you and then pairing it with a modern vase and/or chairs. One of my favorite types of furniture to put in a living room is a soft velvet chair, sofa or ottoman. It’s subtle luxury because it often is a statement but so soft to the touch as well. I typically scour local estate sales, consignment stores and Chairish. Last year, I even scored this lovely pair of stunning velvet club chairs at Target for an insanely affordable price!
Music is something that doesn’t often go hand-in-hand when thinking about creating a home but that’s a miss! Whether you’re an old soul and prefer a record player or you’re super savvy with a system like Sonos, surrounding your life and guests with music is what creates the soul of a space. Personally, I’m a Spotify junkie and am constantly adding to my playlists which makes it super easy when you have guests over. Right now, I’m digging the “Discover weekly” option on Spotify.
Lastly, don’t forget about the sense of touch in your home! Throw blankets are a great touch to add depth and create a warmth in your room. Books are another absolute essential. They are not only beautiful aesthetically but they allow someone to pick them up to know more about you. Even if you are not an avid reader, collecting second-hand books from thrift stores or estate sales are a great option and coffee table books are a really great gift! This is one of my all-time favorite coffee table books, Annie Leibovitz Portraits.
Most importantly, don’t take it all too seriously… have fun with curating your space and know it’s a reflection of you which is automatically special! Stay tuned for part deux, “space and flow”.