Spring cleaning is often considered a dreaded seasonal purge to be put off, but although it can be a pain, I think it offers a great opportunity for Spring decorating and I absolutely love it! I’m a firm believer that your space should be a reflection of your life and interests, and that a well-decorated environment can be uplifting to your mood, (not to mention highly inspirational for your guests!). I recently revamped my study and created a living area in the corner. I look directly at it when I write at my desk, and find all the books, objets and colors very uplifting. Revamping your common area or living space is easier than you think and so rewarding. Learn to love your living space again with these four simple tips for a full revival:
Prints: You may remember that when I spruced up my study I included a few prints by famed photographer Slim Aarons – I absolutely love his vintage poolside aesthetic and find them so inspiring to get outdoors and enjoy the warm California weather. Look for large, colorful prints that inspire you to have fun, be creative, or simply help you relax. You spend most of your time in this room anyway, showcase your love of life in it. My secret tip? Find discount prints online, or carefully cut pages from your coffee table books, and make them look expensive by choosing your own frame, with at least 3 inches of white or cream card border.
Texture On Textiles: I’m a huge fan of textured textiles – from velvet chairs to wicker lampshades, textured fabrics add a warmth and luxury to your living space that encourages guests to stay and relax. I love the ability to transform a room further with printed accents. Add a few throw pillows in a different fabric and color palette to create eye-catching depth and enlarge the space. But don’t go overboard: if you’re introducing a new bright color, pick one or two at most, and make sure there are 3 or 4 splashes of it dotted around. That could be a cushion, a book, a vase, a frame…your get the idea.
Coffee Table Books: Coffee table books add an air of sophistication and elegance to any room. Guests can flick through them, and they can be great conversation pieces. I absolutely love fashion books so my coffee table is scattered with them, but pick any theme that inspires you: travel, cooking, modern art, history…
Accent Pieces:The great thing about accent pieces is that they can be as expensive or inexpensive as you like, but add so much character to a room. You probably know how absolutely obsessed I am with decorative pineapples and my living area is no exception. From flea market finds to family heirlooms, decorative home accessories are like little treasures – I love it best when there’s a story behind them. I’ve got my granny’s glass fruit from when she lived in Brazil out on display, and a leather cylinder box that used to house my great grandfather’s white tie collar (the kind they wear in Downton Abbey!). Looking out over unique pieces that mean something to us, really makes a house a home.
photo credits: Jonas Mohr