Decor February 17, 2017

How to love your not so perfect home

Fill the spots you hate with stuff that you love. If you loathe busy wallpaper in hallway, cover it with a gallery wall of family photos. Can’t figure out what to do with an oddly placed shelf the previous owners hung? Use it to show some meaningful knick-knacks.
Don’t underestimate the power of a houseplant. A well-placed succulent or fern can bring life (literally) into a dull space. They’re beautiful, can camouflage eyesores, and offer an organic design punch. Studies have shown that a bit of greenery can improve your health and well-being.
Fix minor annoyances. Set aside a weekend to take a lap around your house with your tool kit, and repair all of the little things that drive you bonkers. Patch tiny holes, tighten fixtures, and nail trim back into place.
When in doubt, try a tray. Try corralling the clutter to help things feel more tidy. Park a cute tray on your coffee table to hold catalogs and magazines, place one in your entryway for keys and gloves, and use another on your nightstand to drop jewelry, eyeglasses, and bedside reading.
Pick up some pillows. They’re inexpensive, colorful (if that’s your thing), and cozy. Plus, they instantly freshen up that worn-out couch you just can’t replace right now.
Create conversation spaces. Sure, it makes sense to face all of your living room furniture directly toward the TV. But create a spot where chairs turn into each other, too. This will foster a close-knit vibe among your family (as well as visitors) and encourage fulfilling conversations.
Invite the neighbors over. If you’re new in town, you might feel uncomfortable in your house simply because it’s a symbol of your (temporary) isolation. So get to know the people who live next door by hosting a dinner party or game night.
Make your bed every day. Start your day off on the right foot, and you’ll appreciate slipping into a tidy sleeping space each evening. Plus, research shows that making your bed might help you develop good habits all day long.
Go for a walk (or a drive). If you’re not in love with a space, it’s obviously best to just leave it every now and then. Get out and clear your head, or hop in your car and explore a section of town you haven’t seen yet.
Focus on silver linings. Bummed you don’t have a dishwasher? Turns out, hand-washing dishes might be healthier for your kids. Dealing with a dim bedroom? The lack of light could foster a great night’s sleep. Sad you don’t have a dining room? That’s just less square footage to dust, vacuum, and furnish!