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Simple Ways to Update Your Home

This past spring I sat down with Alicia from Cheetah is the New Black to talk about different ways to make your home feel special during this time. It's incredibly important, now more than ever to make your home embody what you love. Especially since we are home every single day. I've even done things in my own home that have made such an impact by just moving pieces I already own around our space.

After Alicia and I spoke she asked me a handful of questions to continue the conversation. Below are a handful of questions she asked as well as a few others she's featuring on her site.

We're all stuck in our homes (and thankful to have homes)–but how can we make our spaces feel fresh right now?

I’m so thankful to have an apartment I enjoy spending time in! That being said, it’s been difficult to not have any outdoor space. I try to bring the outside in to help with that. In terms of keeping spaces feeling fresh, I have tackled projects, one room at a time. We’ve painted our bathroom and put up a beautiful Les Indiennes shower curtain that has a beautiful pattern, reorganized all of the closets, got Jackson an Ikea bunk bed that we assembled and painted, transitioned Amelia to a big girl bed, and we are about to do a little freshening up of our dining room. I think because we’ve been stuck in our apartment most of our day, we can’t help but want to freshen it up in as many ways possible.

Tips for setting up a workspace in a small apt?

My workspace floats around the house – depending on the needs of my family. I always like being in a room with good natural light and the dining and living rooms are perfect for this. My office is less than a block away from my home, so my husband and I have taken turns working there while the other one is with the kiddos.

Credenza styling tips.

I don’t actually have a credenza, but the chest of drawers I have in my dining room works as one. I love styling this space as it can be seen from the living room and it’s a dramatic look through the hallway and then into the very end of the dining room. I always have a large vase with some sort of branches or foraged nature. In addition, I have my beloved Oatmeal Shop ceramic vase that is more like a sculpture. I also have a French mirror painted black, and artwork leaning on it.

Where to find unique but not expensive art?

My favorite places for art are:

You can sometimes wait for a sale, but I would prefer to save for what I really want, than to settle for something I won’t like in the future. I don’t mind waiting – it makes me appreciate it more when I do invest in it!

General tips for decorating on a budget?

I always recommend a local flea market for decorating on a budget. You can still find unique and reasonable items that will have a lasting value. Some might need a fresh coat of paint, but it can be so much fun to create! Better to slowly decorate and keep within your budget.

How to style a dresser in a bedroom.

I like dressers and bedside tables to be both functional as well as tranquil. Good reading lights, a beautiful bowl for your jewelry, space for the books you are currently reading and maybe a personal photograph. Above you can hang mirrors or artwork to add more interest in a room.

Tips for kids playroom bedrooms/kids storage in small spaces?

I’ve styled my kids bedroom several times – from when they were infants to kiddos needing it to work as both a bedroom and a play space. The bunk bed we just bought from Ikea, Jackson sleeps on the top and the bottom area has been made into their clubhouse. I took the mattress from the crib Amelia moved out of and moved it to the area covered in a blanket and topped off with pillows. They even have a little table and lamp to make it cozy. If anyone has a solution to the accumulation of toys, I’d love to know!

Favorite coffee table books.

Still by Natalie Walton and of course, Travel Home, which I wrote with my Mama. I also like to buy vintage art books – which I definitely judge by their cover!

Shelf styling. I love that yours always look effortless and curated.

My shelves are always changing and getting rearranged. I suggest varying the height of items so there is more visual interest. When they are all the same size, the eye doesn’t know what to focus on. I also try to vary the size of objects. And don’t forget to throw in some books. They make great surfaces for your beautiful items.

Tips for picking out throw pillows in the living room and bedrooms?

I like to have a variety of pillows. If you like patterns, consider trying out different combinations of large and small design but keep to the same color palate. Some houses also look great with a pop of color in their throw pillows. Definitely some of my best pillows are from Fragments Identity. I have a more neutral palate in my house and the texture of the pillows add so much!

Best places to find versatile blankets/throws for inside and outside?

Hope you've enjoy this Q & A - pop over to Alicia's site for a few more questions she asked. If you have any questions you'd like me to answer please leave them in the comments and we can do another one of these soon!


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