My Home Resolutions for 2018
It’s the last day of January. I’m thinking about my word for 2018 and how it’s important to reflect on the effect that my home has on our everyday energy, efficiency, and happiness.
I may not set resolutions for myself but I do have some home resolutions – specifically resolutions in decor.
I’ve spent the last few months repainting and redecorating my living room with a lot of pieces from Wayfair. And I’m so happy with the way it’s turned out. [Note: While I am a Wayfair Homemaker and this post is sponsored – the majority of the items purchased were paid for by me.]
I’ve been in this apartment for 15 years. When Joseph moved out, I knew I had to start over and while it hurt – I was ready for the fresh start.
I let go of everything.
I painted the walls white and a bluish grey. And I looked forward to redecorating. I’ve lived “alone” before but this time was different. For one thing, I have a 12-year-son and secondly, I’m over 40 and much more financially stable. For the first time in more than a decade, I could decorate without having any compromise – truly creating a room of one’s own.
Also – there’s Pinterest. I don’t have an eye for decorating but Pinterest does help.
Which is why I love creating Idea Boards on the Wayfair site. It allows me to add the items I want (set up within different categories) and when I’m ready to purchase I can just go to my Idea Board and click purchase. I have many home resolutions in mind but this gal needs to work on a budget and plan ahead.
Home Resolution #1: Create a Reading Corner
I love to read and I have a lot of books. I’ve always dreamed of having a little reading nook. Living in a small 2-bedroom apartment, that’s not so easy. But with this happy yellow chair, fun pillow and glam lamp, I carved out a girly reading space. I loved this space before but when I added the faux fur area rug and placed the ottoman beside it – it felt complete.
Home Resolution # 2: Minimize
Living with someone else means taking on extra stuff. When I was redecorating, I knew I wanted to minimize. Immediately three words came to mind: chic, feminine, functional. Everything about the living room before – including the furniture – was dark, masculine and claustrophobic. I wanted bright walls, inviting furniture and to make the most of the small space. I was done with big, bulky furniture. The sofa is slim, comfortable and pulls out to a twin size bed. The coffee table is sleek, stylish and has an extra drawer for storage. And my TV stand is beautiful and holds all of my components (while hiding all the wires).
Home Resolution #3: Stand Out, Get Comfy.
I love how the white walls and glam reading lamp makes the room brighter or dimmer – depending on the mood. The yellow chair and hello gorgeous pillow invites you to sit down and stay a while. While the poof ottomans begs you to kick your feet up and/or have a seat. These are my simple stand out pieces that not only start conversations but they make guests feel welcome and at home. I want my friends to come over, kick off their shoes and just chill.
Related: New Year, New Room
Home Resolution #4: Update and Keep it Simple
It really doesn’t take much to update a room or revamp an area in a room/apartment. You’d be amazed by what an area rug, a tough of greenery, a piece of wall art or any other home decor will do. I love the idea of picking home decor pieces that spark a conversation or reveal something personal about me. I love the typewriter canvas print because (1) I’m a writer and (2) I learned to type on a typewriter (because yes, I’m that old).
Home Resolution # 5: Host a Ladies Night In.
I am so ready to be the hostess with the mostess and my living room is almost Ladies Night In worthy. I recently purchased the Bartender’s Choice Serving Tray and I love it. Not only is it easier when having to serve multiple drinks but it looks gorgeous when set on my coffee table. Wayfair has so many items to choose from and at every price point.
I love chips, dips and all the extras. I want a ladies night in with wine and cheese. And I want to entertain without feeling like I’m running back and forth from the kitchen to the living room. I love these serveware pieces because they’re glam and functional.
The poof ottomans serve not only as places to kick up heels, but also as extra seating spaces. What I like most about them is that they are movable. They can be easily be moved around the living room to create seating spaces. The same with the chairs. The chairs in my living room are lightweight enough to be moved around. I like the flexibility they give me while entertaining. The large area rug also adds an area of comfort – I love sitting on a cozy rug and gossiping with my girls.
I know the space I’ve created is an inviting Ladies Night In kind of space and I can’t wait to host my first one.
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