Are you enjoying a great start to the year? Have your resolutions still got some momentum?
No matter how hard we might try to fight it, this time of year naturally lends itself to thoughts of wiping the slate clean and restarting.
For most, January is a month of reflection and renewal. An often critical look back at the past year and a revised agenda for the year ahead. What could I do better? How can I improve myself? How can I be happier?
And after a delightful blow-out of binge eating and drinking over Christmas and New Year (and why not?) a lot of these goals tend to be steered towards regeneration and revitalisation.
We seek healthier ways, more energy and wellness. We want to recharge the batteries and spend some time at home.
Our environments affect our wellness and our state of mind. The smallest changes in our surroundings can make the biggest difference to our well-being.
I love interiors and I quite enjoy a spot of D.I.Y. but for some reason I find it difficult to extend that enthusiasm to the garden. I most certainly don’t have green fingers and with two little ones running around I’m pretty time poor; which has sadly resulted in a depressing, overgrown garden that I don’t want to spend any time in. I get stressed out every time I sit outside.
A couple of weeks ago I decided to bite the bullet and get my arse down to Bunnings. I bought some rattan fencing to cover up my ugly boundary fence and streamline that little aspect of my garden. I cut it and installed it myself with my gorgeous daughter by my side handing me the staples.
It was a tiny change in the mammoth jungle that is my back garden but the satisfaction it gave me was immense. And I’m a little less stressed eating my brekky outside.
Baby steps and small changes go a long way.
Our homes are our sanctuaries and we should make them places that we actually want to be.
Here are my top 5 'no-fuss' small changes to update or improve your interiors:-
- Lighting - The introduction of a new table lamp, floor lamp or pendant lamp can make a fresh style statement and it can completely change the ambience of a space.
- Pattern & Print - Textiles can liven up any space. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again - 'new cushion covers can instantly transform a room'. And paired with a new art print you are well on your way to high impact change. Hung on the wall…or even easier, just leant against it. Casual cool in a flash.
- New Handles - Upgrade a piece of furniture with stylish new handles; or invest a little more money and do your whole kitchen. We touch our cabinet handles regularly. An attractive, good quality knob can make all the difference!
- Declutter & Store - We are in the right frame of mind in January to get rid of the junk in our lives and our environments. Clear out your cupboards, get tidy, get organised, get clarity. Buy new storage baskets and boxes and express your style too.
- Rug Up - A rug can make a space feel cosy. Rugs add texture, colour and style to your interior; and they also help with acoustics which quite literally helps our peace of mind.
So go on…take a baby step and another baby step. Look after your space and yourself this year.