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10 Ways to Reboot Your Home for the New Year

The new year is a great time to make changes around the house. If you’re feeling a surge of get-it-done energy, kick off 2019 on a high note with these 10 tasks that will give your space that shiny new-home feeling.

Cup of Jo dining
A Cup of Jo

1. Have rugs professionally cleaned. Roll up those dirty area rugs and take them in for a professional cleaning — if you can’t remember the last time you’ve had them cleaned, you will be amazed at the difference clean, fresh area rugs can make in your home! For wall-to-wall carpeting, consider renting a steam cleaner or hiring a carpet cleaning service.

2. Schedule a get-it-done day. A get-it-done day is exactly what it sounds like: a whole day dedicated to taking care of a bunch of little tasks and errands that you’ve been putting off. Walk through your home with a notepad and jot down every little niggling task you think of that you’ve been meaning to get to. Then mark a day on your calendar to start ticking off those to-dos!

Simply Spaced Command Center
Simply Spaced

3.  Declutter the entryway. The drop zone around the front door is a magnet for clutter. Take a moment to gather up stray shoes, kids’ toys and other items that don’t belong, and put them away. Gather up those piles of papers and file what’s important, shredding the rest. Need to get organized? Create a command center like the one shown here by hanging an inbox and outbox for mail, wall calendar and message board.

4. Replace old, worn out rugs and doormats. Despite your best efforts to keep them in good shape, there comes a time when rugs are simply no longer at their best. Doormats and rugs placed in high traffic areas (like the entryway) are especially prone to becoming worn out. Why not pick out a fresh doormat to celebrate the new year?

domino fridge
Domino

5. Unclutter the fridge door. If your fridge door is barely visible anymore beneath the layers of kids’ artwork, mementos and notices, take it all down and see how it feels. Even if you end up gradually putting more items back up, savor that clean-fridge feeling for a while first.

6. Give your pantry and spices a fresh start. Most of us have some canned goods and spice jars that have been hanging around a little (or, let’s face it: a lot) too long. Go through the cupboards and toss anything past its expiration date.

7. Tackle your emergency kit. If you already have an emergency preparedness kit, bravo! Just do a quick check of your supplies to make sure that emergency foods and medications haven’t expired. Don’t have a kit yet? The American Red Cross has checklists of what to include, plus ready-made kits for sale.

cup of jo bedroom
A Cup of Jo

8. Upgrade linens and towels. January is a big month for white sales, so if you could use a fresh set of sheets or bath towels, this is a good time to restock. Just remember to donate your old set when you bring in a new one to avoid clutter build up.

9. Bring in a bit of nature. Healthy green plants are fantastic, but even a small vase of flowers or foliage will do the trick. Place a mini bouquet on your bedside table, in the powder room and anywhere else you could use a hit of nature. Nature-themed artwork also has a calming effect, especially in winter when the world outside is cold and gray.

Decor8
Decor8

10. Clear the sofa and coffee table. Put away unfolded laundry, old coffee cups and unopened mail. Your living space should be an area of your home that you can go to recharge, not a dumping station! When the space has been cleared, make yourself a big cup of something hot to drink, grab a good book or magazine, light a few candles and relax — you deserve it.

New Year Door Mats

Door Mat Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Nourison Elegant Entry personalized area rug; Nourison Waverly Greetings in navy; Erin Gates for Momeni Park Mats Pineapple area rug in navy; Nourison Waverly Greetings in blue bell.

On the hunt for more area rugs in your home? Click to shop all area rugs.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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Color Trend: Peacock Blue

Jacqueline DuBois
Jacqueline DuBois

It looks as though there’s a new interior design trend in town, and it goes by the name of Peacock Blue. One quality that draws designers to this color is its friendly, unexpected energy. Certain tones of peacock blue (the ones that lean less green) can act as a glamorous, jewel-toned neutral. Check out how the accent wall above works with both warm and cool hues as well as a couch that’s a different shade of blue altogether.

Bella Tucker
Bella Tucker

Colored kitchen cabinets have been on the rise for a few years now, and I have to say that the peacock blue in this kitchen is a real star. It’s a bit riskier than the navy trend that’s been around for a while now, but it’s also more unique and not likely to be in your neighbors’ kitchen. Peacock blue will make its own statement, whether your aesthetic is mid-century modern, farmhouse, or traditional.

Mary Costa
Mary Costa

When peacock blue shows its face through tiling I can’t help but feel a bit of a Moroccan vibe. The tiled half wall above doesn’t feel overwhelming or too dark, and it doesn’t make this small bathroom space feel claustrophobic either. The white and light grey it was paired with help to keep it in check while still allowing the vibrant shade to be the star. Pro Tip: Don’t you love the way that shower curtain puddles? If you’re having trouble finding one that you love, don’t hesitate to look in the drapery department.

via The Everygirl
via The Everygirl

Maybe a more subtle use of color is your style because when you use it you want it to really pop. If that’s the case, I’d recommend either introducing some peacock blue bedding into the picture or adding a piece of furniture. A couch, upholstered dining chair cushions, or even a small footstool would do the trick nicely. Of course one of our favorite ways to add color and pattern to any space is through a show-stopping floor rug – here are six of my favorite peacock blue-hued rugs below!

Peacock Blue Rugs
1/
 Majesty Eliza by Tayse International Trading   2/ Regal by Dynamic Rugs
3/ Vintage by Safavieh   4/ Nags Head by Capel
5/ Justina Blakeney Silvia   6/ Indochine by Feizy Rugs

For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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Hygge Home for Winter

In Denmark, hygge is a concept that encompasses the warm, cozy feeling of togetherness — and winter is the perfect time to put this scandinavian idea of coziness to work around the house. From candles and twinkle lights to hot drinks and fluffy rugs, read on for some of the coziest ways give your home that signature hygge vibe.


Featherology on Etsy

When it comes to quickly adding a warm and cozy glow to your space, nothing beats twinkle lights. Opt for small lights on a white cord or thin copper wire for a delicate, magical look. Here are a few foolproof ways to use them:

– Draped over a full-length mirror in your bedroom.

– Criss-crossed on a wall (as shown here).

– Clustered inside a wide-mouth clear glass vase or jar.

– Running over a door frame or window.

– Draped across the mantel.


Decor8

Candlelight and hot drinks ought to be a daily ritual in a hygge home, especially in the short, dark days of midwinter. Light a candle with your breakfast, enjoy an afternoon tea by candlelight or end your day with a peaceful candlelit moment before turning off the lights. Why not treat yourself to a pretty teapot or new mug and a selection of fancy teas?


Handmade by Chris & Kris on Etsy

A toasty throw is another must-have when it comes to creating a warm and cozy hygge home. Chunky knits, warm woolens and ultra-plush faux fur are all good choices. Drape one wherever you or a guest will be sitting. Or, for a fun touch at a winter dinner party, drape a throw or small sheepskin across every seat at the table.


My Scandinavian Home

If you have a working fireplace or woodstove — and it’s been recently cleaned and maintained by a pro (safety first!) — winter is the perfect time to enjoy a crackling fire. But if you don’t have a fireplace, or if you live in an area with spare-the-air days, you can still enjoy the satisfaction of a freshly cut pile of firewood, a fluffy wool rug or sheepskin and toasty slippers. Just substitute extra candles or twinkle lights in place of the flames.


Mode and the City

A fresh pair of fuzzy socks and a good book are simple pleasures that are oh-so-hygge. In Iceland, there is a very hygge tradition called the “Christmas Book Flood” where people gift books to one another on Christmas eve, and then everyone reads in bed. Why not take the time to relax and read a book by candlelight in your fuzzy socks with a cup of tea? You can’t get much more hygge than that, whether it’s on Christmas eve or just another Tuesday!


The House That Lars Built

Of course, hygge is not all about solo coziness — once your home is feeling cozy, why not invite some of your closest friends over to enjoy a festive little gathering? Winter gatherings can be as simple as hosting a game night, getting together to wrap gifts, sing carols, watch your favorite holiday movie or exchange cookies. Keep the gathering as warm and cozy as possible by lighting candles, turning on the twinkle lights, playing soft music and pouring plenty of hot drinks.

Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Surya Sheep in pearl; Grand Tapis Deco Lines by Orian Rugs in ivory; Milan by Surya in ivory; Hygge by Loloi Rugs in grey and mist.

To shop more hygge-inspired rugs, click here.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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Decorating Tips for Small Spaces

via STADSHEM REAL ESTATE
via Stadshem Real Estate

I think we’ve probably all served our time living in small spaces – whether it’s a dorm room, studio apartment, or even a small one bedroom home. While they can be the more charming of spaces, sometimes you’re left wondering how to make them feel a little less charming and a little more chic.

Let’s get started. The one thing you’re sure to notice in all of these photos is that they have one thing in common: they’re light and bright. Using a clean white paint on the walls, floor, and anywhere else opens a space right up to create an airy feeling that instantly creates an illusion of more space. It also allows your furniture, your wall art, and everything else, shine all the more.

Another great tip is to take advantage of small and unusual spaces to add shelves because we all know what a premium storage is at. Aside from being functional, shelving can add personality, allow you to display your favorite items, and free up precious floor space. The room above installed a shelf across the upper border to house their book collection. I love how out of the way it is as well as the unexpected visual statement it makes!

Tessa Neustadt
Tessa Neustadt

One of my very favorite decorating tips – for smaller spaces and homes in general – is to hang floor-length drapes in light, sheer fabrics. By also setting the curtain rod a little wider than the actual window, your home will appear to have higher ceilings and larger windows. All of that diffused light that can now pour in feels so luxurious and opens up a space beautifully.

via Fantastic Frank
via Fantastic Frank

A small kitchen might be the trickiest of all small rooms–there are just so many necessities to cram in that you really need a strategy. By eliminating the four dining chair the kitchen table is able to be pushed against the wall (store the extra chair somewhere else useful and bring it in for guests). If you have cabinets with space above them, baskets are your new best friend. Use them to store things you use less often to clear up cabinet and counter space. Pattern in a tiny area can feel overwhelming, and that rug offers just enough.

via Homedit
via Homedit

In the bathroom, as well as in every other room, large mirrors act as a magician. Instantly add more real estate and make small areas expand visually by adding in the largest one you can afford or find. Pro Tip: Flea markets are a great antique mirror source. The tiny bathroom above capitalized on counter space as well by installing the smallest sink needed. I’m willing to bet that even with the door closed it feels airy and chic!

Monica Wang
Monica Wang

Living in a small space might have you thinking that larger pieces are out of the question, on the contrary, they’re not the decorating faux pas you may imagine. A large piece of art that draws your eyes toward the ceiling or a large storage piece is definitely worthwhile. Stick with neutral, light colors to help them blend into their surroundings and clean lines that won’t distract.

Floor rugs can help a room feel wider and give a more polished finish to your home. Here are a few favorite new arrivals that would look fantastic in any space, no matter the size.

Rugs Direct Rugs

1/ Paramount by Surya   2/ Hygge by Loloi Rugs
3/ Riviera Stripe by Liora Manne   4/ Monaco by Momeni
5/ Polaris by Jaipur Rugs   6/ Bella by Safavieh

For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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