small can be GRAND

 

 

There are a few tips that I can give to homeowners who don’t have a huge budget or huge spaces, but want their rooms to feel luxurious and spacious.

First, mirrors are your best friend. These are especially useful in smaller spaces, like a narrow hallway. Not only do many of these reflective pieces have a glamorous edge, but they also create the illusion of having a roomier interior. Nothing says luxury like space!

 

My next secret is about tile. Rather than add this accent on a straightforward vertical or horizontal line, add tile along a diagonal or fan it out across your wall. This will give a custom, bespoke feel to your bathroom or kitchen and make it feel a little bit roomier.

Another trick I have is to use larger-scale, flush mount light fixtures. These can make a big impact overhead, but won’t take up any of the room’s physical space. Remember, space is your biggest luxury.

I’m also a huge fan of lots of layers of textures and pattern. This gives the eye a lot of places to land, making your space feel dynamic and lively.

I always say that color can add so much to any room, especially a bedroom. But I know that it can be frightening to take the leap and paint your walls a dramatic hue. If that is too intimidating, I recommend painting your ceiling in a lacquered, light-colored finish. This will add depth to your room without overwhelming it.

Also, we’ve all drooled over those homes that have large open walls that feature stunning vistas of mountains, cityscapes, etc. For the majority of us, this is a luxury that isn’t readily available. So, what I like to do is invest in landscape paintings. A really amazing piece of art can make it seem as though you’re at a resort overlooking a gorgeous view.

Finally, make sure that everything you have is serving double duty. Add hidden storage under your bed, bring in a bench that opens to reveal a hiding place for knick knacks, use a secretary rather than a desk, style in bedside sconces instead of reading lamps, etc. Clutter makes your home feel less expansive, so make sure you have an easy way to keep everything clean and clear.

These are a few tips that I can give to homeowners who don’t have a huge budget and large space, but want their rooms to feel luxurious, comfortable and gorgeous. :)

why you need antiques in your home

Antique [an·teek]: any work of art, piece of furniture, decorative object, or the like, created or produced in a former period, or, according to U.S. Customs laws, 100 years before date of purchase.

Vintage [vin·tij]: of old, recognized, and enduring interest, importance or quality, dating from the past.

Using antiques and vintage pieces in your decor can create an interior that exudes warmth and patina and conveys a bit of history. These heirlooms are resilient, durable, valuable and often convey a character of their own. Collectible bibelots and objet d'art can show great craftsmanship and trigger "all the feels" ~ of nostalgia.

Monticello by Thomas Jefferson

Monticello by Thomas Jefferson

Decorating with antiques keeps a space original and unique, rather than cookie-cutter and redundant.

Interior by Timothy Corrigan, Inc., featured on 1st Dibs

Interior by Timothy Corrigan, Inc., featured on 1st Dibs

Interior by Anne Pyne, photo: Björn Wallander, featured on @shopDecorum

Interior by Anne Pyne, photo: Björn Wallander, featured on @shopDecorum

It doesn't take a roomful of pieces to illustrate a life considered and well-lived, just a few. And collecting antiques is  Green and fun, bringing you to places you might not otherwise visit and connecting you to people you might otherwise not meet. So go ahead. Recycle the past.

4 books everyone should read this year

We have all made New Year's resolutions now or in the past and some were kept but some were not. One resolution I have is to read more...making the time to do so is always a challenge, but I feel like it is a way to open my eyes to new ideas in a fashion that nothing else can.  Here are four books that are worth reading (or reading again) this year.

Set aside some time alone, a comfy chair and your imagination and then get to it. Enjoy! xo