How many of you truly love your home? I mean love your home? If you were to rate your home, what per cent would you say that you love your home? I know I’ve said this before, and I’m going to say it again: A home is one of the biggest investments we will ever make. I so strongly believe you should love coming home every. single. day. So can you say that? Do you love coming home? While the majority of my clients are going through renovations of some kind, there are some simpler, less expensive ways to refresh a space in your home.
Many days, there’s a blonde in my bed when I get there (yes, you Barbie), despite my best efforts to keep our bedroom toy-free. On chillier days, much time is spent in our bedroom with the kids jumping on our bed, playing hide-and-seek under the covers and watching the birds outside our bedroom window. But our bedroom is also my space to take 20 minutes for myself. It’s also our place to connect as a couple. Setting the stage in your bedroom as a calm, restful space will also help you sleep better (despite those night wakings), and help you better tackle tomorrow’s challenges.
A few years ago, we moved into a new home with freshly-painted walls. Our furniture, purchased pre-children, was free of marks and stains. The décor was simple, yet tastefully done. I thought I could check ‘home decorating’ off my to-do list for a while and focus on raising our family. Then I started to tire of the choices we’d made. Our house became cluttered with toys, and our bedroom became the dumping ground when the main floor was too congested. It was time for a makeover. But with three small children and less disposable income, our budget just didn’t allow for the changes I really wanted to make. So, we found a way to give our house a mini makeover without having to dip into the kids’ post-secondary education funds.
Oh, winter - it can be a bit grey, the days are short and there’s not a lot of color to be found outdoors. Sometimes it’s challenging to welcome the serenity that winter can provide and find ways to make our homes embrace the season. The Holidays bring with it a whole bunch of décor that livens up our lives and brightens our spaces; but what about November, January and February (and dare I say, March?).
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