The owners of my apartment building are the sweetest couple. They purchased the building in the 1960’s and have lived here ever since.
Although the neighborhood has changed over the years, their décor has not, and stepping into my building is like going back in time. The entryway is a good example. It has good bones, but everything is a little dull and dated.
Many of us face similar situations in our own homes. Maybe you are working with hand-me-downs, or you’ve had the same furniture for few
decades years, and you just aren’t sure where to begin.
The good news is that you don’t have to start from scratch. It’s possible to update your space in a few easy steps.
Work with what you have. Consider existing pieces and decide what still works. In this case, the lamp has a great color and shape. I would replace the dated shade with Lamp Plus’ Cream Silk Dupioni Shade.
Add flexible seating. Every entryway needs a seat that can double as a resting place for a purse or grocery bag. A pair of Ballard Designs’ X-Benches can be tucked under the console when not in use and add much needed seating and color.
Work in color and pattern. The Fab Habitat Rug from Rugs USA adds interest to the space and draws your eye away from the dated carpet.
Get organized. A tray adds instant style and corrals various odds and ends. A Core Bamboo Woven Tray is the perfect catch-all for takeout menus, mail, and newspapers.
Add an unexpected element. This Garden Goddess Planter is kind of classic, kind of kooky, and definitely a step up from the existing wicker planter.
What is your favorite way to update a dated space?
Happy Friday! This week has had an eco friendly theme, and I’m continuing to go green with my links today.
One of my favorite eco friendly tips is to buy secondhand. I’ve just begun to scope out the thrift stores in New York, and last week I made a trip to Housing Works.
I loved the bamboo and rattan chairs, and how cute is that toy juke box?!? The planter would look perfect in a Mid Century Modern home.
We have these
Kangaroom Recycle Bags in our kitchen. They are super easy to carry and to keep clean.
Almost every major piece of furniture in this
colorful apartment is vintage, handmade, or thrifted!
26 ways to decorate that plain tote bag you have lying around your house.
DIY Gold Dipped Vases – the perfect project for cheering up those boring floral shop vases. I might tackle this one!
Grow something green! I love this
brass hanging planter from Urban Outfitters.
She Knows has 52 inexpensive ways to go green.
10 ways to go green while saving green.
You can even
go green at work!
What are your favorite ways to be eco friendly?
Decorating your home in an eco-friendly way doesn’t have to mean rough fabrics and crunchy design. There are so many more options today. Check out my ideas for a cozy, green living room:
Start by painting your walls with
Sherwin Williams Harmony in Mount Etna, a no VOC paint formula. This rich color would look great accented with white trim. Group three of these
Bambeco Reclaimed Drum Lid Mirrors over your couch.
West Elm’s Shoji Armoire has clean lines, holds a 40” flatscreen, and is made from sustainable eucalyptus wood.
Green Sofas offer a large variety of styles, and all sofas are constructed from kiln dried, sustainable wood, recycled springs, soy-based foam cushions, and natural fabrics. I like the modern Carol model. The
Gianna Kilim Rug from Pottery Barn is made with recycled yarn. It would add a color punch in both traditional and modern homes.
Pillows from Hammocks & High Tea are made from fabric printed with water-based, no VOC inks. Plus, they are super cute.
What are your favorite eco-friendly home décor finds?
Trends: how do you feel about them? I generally ere more on the classic than the trendy side, but I think it’s fun to punch things up with something new every once in a while.
Here are a few of my favorite spring trends that you can incorporate into your home.
Emerald green is Pantone’s color of the year, and it is such a rich, beautiful color. Emerald green is easy to incorporate into your home, and a little goes a long way.
I absolutely love this
overdyed rug from Rugs USA. It has such great depth. Add a pop of color with the
Ovo Table Lamp from Lamps Plus. This lamp would be perfect in a neutral living room or bedroom. Accessories are a great way to try out trends, and this
Malachite Mini Box from Bliss Crystals will never go out of style.
Malachite can be pricey, want to try your hand at recreating it? Try this
faux malachite tutorial from Little Green Notebook.
Florals are always popular in Spring and never seem to go out of style. I like my florals fairly subtle.
I am obsessed with blue and white (wait until you see my living room), and this
Boho Boutique Reversible Pillow Sham from Target is so pretty. My fantasy powder room would be wallpapered in this
Seraphine Wallpaper. The print is so elegant and subtle. J’adore! If over-the-top florals aren’t your thing, this
White Daisy frame from Lamps Plus is an easy way to incorporate the trend.
Brass sometimes gets a bad rap, but it can add a lot of character to a room if you choose carefully. You can find plenty of brass at a thrift or antiques store. Check out my cute brass elephant!
When it comes to brass, avoid anything too shiny and 80’s and look for pieces with a little patina.
Add a little charm to furniture from a big box store with
brass hardware. Nate Berkus can do no wrong in my eyes, and I love his
Brass Finish Vase from Target. This
West Elm Martini Side Table with Antique Brass finish would look great in a home with more modern or eclectic décor.
The last Spring trend I’m excited about is geometric. Geometrics can be incorporated into any style, and you can go subtle or bold.
I love the pattern and color in this
Coral Geometric Pillow Cover. So bright and cheery! The subtle print on this
Key City Zola Chair would add interest to a neutral living room. Art is an easy way to try out trends, and this
Geometric Abstract Print from Printwork would add a little punch to a neutral space.
What Spring trends do you plan to try out?