By now the holiday season has come to an end and some of your New Year resolutions have entered a state of “cautious optimism.” Inevitably, the fact that some high points from the last few months now sit squarely in the rear-view mirror has left a void in your home. With cozy comforts and festive décor back in storage, now might be the perfect time to give your space a well-deserved refresh.
The new year is a time for change, after all, and taking a fresh look at your home’s exterior and interior spaces can help to ease the transition and give you a new appreciation for the everyday comforts of home.
If you’re feeling a bit of the post-holiday blues, here are a few ways to reignite the spark of inspiration and shape your favorite spaces for memory-making in every season:
Marie Kondo Your Way to More Joy
The new year is the perfect time for a fresh start, especially when it comes to the personalized-to-you elements in your home. For some, that means it’s also time to rethink your signature style altogether. (And possibly regifting some of the thoughtful presents that simply don’t match your aesthetic and vibe.)
If it’s been some time since you last sorted through your belongings, take some time to work through each space of your home and reflect on what may no longer be serving you. If it doesn’t shine quite the way it used to, it might be time to say goodbye. Or, taking a page from Marie Kondo, declutter your living space by focusing more intently on the items and elements that truly “spark joy.”
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Take note of each space and how you’d like it to serve you and your family in the coming year, and then you can begin to outline the smart, sensible updates that will make each room come alive in a whole new way. This new year will bring you endless opportunities to form new memories, and it’s worth investing the time now to ensure your most lived-in spaces are full of things you genuinely love.
Transition With Texture
Throw pillows and blankets have a great textural impact on the overall look and feel of a space. As we transition into the warmer months, it may be time to stash away those festive colors and cozy textures like cable knit, wool, and Sherpa. Just don’t do away with texture altogether.
Because texture is so impactful when styling a space, any decision to “flatten” a space may cause it to feel cold and sterile rather than warm and inviting. Find bright or light-colored pieces in lightweight linens such as cotton or bamboo. These fresh accent pieces will lighten the space and help brighten your mood. If you’re looking to make a more considerable change, consider revamping your space with an accent wall. A fresh coat of paint, textured wallpaper, or a stone veneer accent wall are all great ways to elevate a room with texture.
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The more dimension you can incorporate, the better. Best of all, any texture-forward changes you make today are likely to play a role in your life for years to come, including the next several holiday seasons.
Reconnect With Nature
Holiday greenery is arguably one of the trendiest (and also most quintessential) elements of design throughout the fall and winter seasons, and your love for that natural ambiance doesn’t have to end when the snow thaws. Truly, the spring and summer months are already known as seasons of rebirth and flourishing, with all of nature’s splendor on display.
Why not bring some of that natural vitality into your home? Brighten up your entire space, from the foyer to the back patio, with cheery tulips and daisies in the spring and sunflowers or peonies in the summer. Incorporating elements of nature into your daily environment has many benefits to your health and can significantly elevate your overall mood.
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It also helps to have more permanent, architectural mainstays integrated throughout the home— such as wood, brick and stone—for these seasonal blooms to play off of, and those sturdier materials make for a better backdrop in any family photo than paint on plaster.
Curious to learn more on the impact of nature-inspired spaces? Read more on designing with nature in mind here.
Many hit the ground running new workout routines, professional development goals, or general self-improvement resolutions with each new year. These aspirations motivate us to make iterative changes in our everyday lives in hopes of improving our general well-being for the coming year. Similar to your personal resolutions, making intentional changes to your spaces by featuring your most-treasured possessions and design elements that truly ‘spark joy’ will transform your home into a place of inspiration and memory-making for many years to come.
As Director of Marketing and Portfolio Management, Sarah has successfully coupled her design talents with business acumen to refresh, refine and distinctly position five standout brands in the North American market and abroad. She continues to provide design direction for the brands’ variety of best-selling modern profiles and trend-forward color palettes while enhancing the prestige of the category among masons, builders, designers, architects and consumers.