You have several pieces of art you’ve collected along the way and rather than put up a single lonely piece of art, you’re feeling the urge to create a whole wall of art. Think about those cold and dingy hallways that allow you to move from room to room. The untapped potential for a gallery wall of art is… well, exciting and something you can do. Continue reading
What can our pets teach us about ourselves and our spaces? Continue reading
You may feel that hiring someone to help you with your space is going to be a negative, if not also costly, experience. Here are some reasons why. Continue reading
Small changes can feel big and have huge impact! Sometimes a detail here and there can make all the difference to how you feel about your space. Continue reading
Biophilia is defined as the aim to bring as much nature inside as possible. The effects of nature’s qualities on health are not only spiritual and emotional but physical and neurological. So why not create a holiday table that celebrates nature? Alongside fabulous food, wine and conversation, nature will play its role in enhancing your overall health and humanity. Continue reading
In this age of information we are living in a time of intangibles.
Friendships are forged from our devices, trade is completed without money, we communicate without speaking and love is found online.
And the more detached we are from the physical the more we crave it. So how can we create something in our homes that balances this time we find ourselves living in? Continue reading
I am the space where I am. ~ Noel Arnaud
Make a place where you can surround yourself with the things that have meaning for you, that gives you a sense of self, where you can feel safe and relaxed. In a small apartment or condo that place is often the sofa. Or, more preferable the sofa sectional.
Choose one that is a big as possible for the space even though this may feel counterintuitive in a 650 sq ft or less condo. They often come in sections that are joined together once placed in your space and the legs can be attached. This way, you’re certain to get it into your space.
Below are a few reasons for you to consider the sofa sectional….
It will become the focal point in the space. You want this, so pair back on those small side chairs, and extra side tables. Add a cosy area rug to ground and anchor the area and you’ll never want to leave.
It will read as a single piece giving your space room to breathe. You will have flow and balance between this large piece and any small items such as a coffee table, large floor pillows and books etc.
Consider the height and depth of the seat, arms and back to ensure that the sofa supports the many sedentary habits of modern life. I like to think of it as a room within a room.
If you’re willing to share, it will seat lots of people. Family and friends can sit grouped together in the L-shaped form in a natural way facing one another, rather than sitting in a row along a single sofa which is awkward and will stilt the natural flow of good conversation.
Finally, the sofa sectional is an invitation to luxuriate in unscheduled free time which is one of the biggest luxuries in modern life that needs to be fiercely defended.
Be selective about the materials you own. Stay with a well edited and curated collection of things that you use and have significant meaning for you.
Material accumulation will not give you a home with an abundant beautiful look and feel. There are difficulties with owning lots of things and the accumulation of many items. This is what’s called materialism.
You may have Marie Kondo-ed your living space. Your closets are streamlined and you know exactly what you have and you have a place for all your items. The background noise is gone and you’ve metaphorically weeded your garden, and it’s time to plant flowers.
3 Ways To Enrich Your Home Using Textures, Pattern and Colour
- Add depth and some mystery to your decor with combinations of smooth and nubbly textures. For example a smooth leather sofa with a big cable knit throw.
- Use a variety of tactile touches such as silks, raw cottons, wool and linens.
- Use geometric stripes, floral or abstract lines to add energy and movement to lifeless spaces using simple art work or pillows.
- Add plants with a variety of leaf patterns and these will be an instant fix to lifeless spaces
- Think about the colours you like to wear and bring them into your surroundings.
- Add pops of these favourite colours with pillows, throws, or prints on the walls.
You can create the aesthetic of abundance by this layering of textures, colours, and patterns.
You don’t need a lot of “stuff”!