I love to travel the world and I have become a true hotel connoisseur over the years: I look at the interior design, enjoy the foreign cuisine, explore the places I don’t yet know. Still, I always want to take a piece of my home abroad with me. Besides the fact thatit makes me feel warm and safe, my home is the place I know best and it’s made to measure, I’m fortunate, because the photo shoots I do and all the items I present at Glitter, enable me to buy lot of home accessories, so every corner of my apartment is subject to change. It’s interesting, because when I decorated it, I was sure it would stay that way forever, but it later became clear that we all change throughout life, and so does the home we live in. I would like to share some advice in how to make your home more beautiful, but most of all, how to make it caress your soul. Just like any other thing, a home needs attention to make it our safe harbor and to always be there when we need it.
Flowers every week
We could spend a fortune on flowers, but we don’t have to. Nowadays, they’re sold everywhere for a reasonable cost. I buy some every week, because I long forthem, and it’s the most wonderful moment, when I get home, put them in a vase, not only in the living room, but also in the bedroom or bathroom. Right now, a symphony of tulips makes my day, when they greet me with impeccable beauty each morning. I add some coffee and cookies, and I’m happy as can be. I can honestly say, nothing is missing.
Design it your way
I don’t like rules, especially in this department. Some prefer minimalism, others like shabby chic, for some, it’s black and white. What’s your style? For me, it’s important that things are harmonious and beautiful. Chipped plates and dirty pillows bother me and so does bedding that hangs too much from one side of the bed. I really like the combination of old with the new and I always keep hoping that someday I’ll move to a bigger place, where this combination will make itpossible. It all has to have a unique touch, so the choices are yours and not straight from a catalogue, because otherwise they won’t feel right.
Less is more? Not a chance
I know that lovers of minimalism will have a fit, but personally, I believe a home should reflect the people living there. So it should mirror the love, fights, inner struggles and the sense of beauty. Sometimes or even for the most part, that means we surround ourselves with objects that aren’t necessarily in sync, but it’s the whole that matters and this has to be a part ofus. I’m not one for chaos or disorder, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t like empty spaces, where you feel like nobody’s living there and everything is sort of hidden. To me it seems like it’s lacking identity.
Recycling the old
This can happen, when you have an item in the basement or the garage, which you’ve forgotten all about. Maybe it’s at your parent’s house or your grandma’s place, maybe it’s not even yours, but it could easily become new life. If you like to decoupage, you can give it a new role that way; a chair doesn’t have to stay a chair and an old trunk can store anything, even potted plants, it’s just a matter of imagination.
Sun without the sun
When I was decorating my place, I paid extra attention to one thing: light. When I hang out with my friends at my place, they always say they make the best selfies here. All jokes aside, light is important for our overall wellbeing. Big windows and light colors are my guidelines and we can do a lot with small accessories: lamps in the right places, not too many drapes, light, pastel or even sunny yellow walls.
Let it breathe
Life is a compromise and it seems to me that this is what we always need. In fashion, beauty,as well ashome decor. Don’t pile up your belongings, let the room breathe. Keep enough space clear to be able to pass and even replace one large piece of furniture with two smaller ones. We don’t always live in big places, so don’t buy oversized closets where there isn’t even space for shelves, it’s pointless.
I think they do a lot, if not everything. Pillows on the bed and in the living room, they don’t have to mach, they can be stylishly different in colors and sizes. There is a moon, star, and hearts in Sofia’s room, and then pillows with ballet dancers, flowers and mice. The colors are similar, almost the same, so different shapes aren’t displeasing and they give the room a bit of playfulness. Similar is true for other rooms and the charm of pillows is that you can always switch them. They don’t cost a lot, butgive room toa lot of experimentation.
Boards and signs
It all started in the kitchen with the shopping list. Then came the monthly task chart, which came with flower magnets (which helped substantially with it being bought), followed by a vision board, because I believe in visualization, and then the rest of the signs. Be nice, Smile, Happy and so on…on the wall, the closet, fridge, basically everywhere in sight, because it’s the little things that give the room a special tone. And if a board is empty, it’s certainly ready to accept yourpersonality and thoughts. Positive ones, of course!
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