As we grow older and our lives get busier I keep going back to this simple belief of mine. It is the little things in life that are important to our well being. As our routines and commitments get more hectic it is the time we spend in our own homes that becomes precious.
Our homes can feed our souls and enrich our lives. It can be a sanctuary from the pressures of the outside world.
So how do we create these havens of bliss where we can relax and make everlasting memories with our family and friends? We want a home that looks sensational and has the WOW factor, but is easy to maintain and an absolute joy to live in.
Follow these guidelines and tips.
• A home free from clutter is a breeze to live in. If objects have a place to be stored away in when not in use, your
home can be free from mess.
• Remember the age-old adage that less is always more. This is my mantra that I follow to the letter. I always have one big WOW piece on a piece of furniture and the rest of the surface is empty. This minimalistic approach is very easy to achieve and makes cleaning and dusting a breeze as there is not a plethora of objects to move.
• Always have a neutral colour palette to work from in each decorating project. This makes changing more dramatic
pieces a breeze because you have not limited yourself by bold paint or curtaining choices.
• Cushions can perform magic tricks. The addition of cushions can literally change the feel and style of a room. They can bring cohesion to an overall design of a space and add colour, texture and intimacy to a space.
• Rugs define zones and create different areas effortlessly within today’s open plan living areas. A plush rug will also add warmth, texture and cosiness to any room.
• Be realistic and make sure the choices you make in decorating and styling your home will suit your lifestyle. The
choices we make should enhance the way we choose to live rather than be a hindrance.
When I enter my home, I feel such a sense of contentment and excitement that I am lucky enough to live within this space with my family. I make sure that I take time to really enjoy all the different spaces and areas within my home and to allow myself time to just be in the moment. My home energizes me and sends me out into the world again with renewed vigour. Wouldn’t it be great if you too could experience this every day?
By Karen Creith