Time for a Change

January is a time for change. For some of us, it is a time to re-evaluate, and that may include our living space; out with the old and in with the new! The New Year is a great time to resolve to make some changes, and create a space that is more our personal style. For me, I am hoping that this will help me with my “try to relax more” resolution. Or for you, maybe it is just to forget those pesky promises you made to yourself.

If you are like me, you have been living with the same style for a while, too afraid to change anything, because that always leads to more changes. When I moved recently I was forced to do this. I had to pick new paint for an entire house, and I was overwhelmed. Did you know there must be hundreds of variations of the color gray? Essential Gray, Versatile Gray, Mineral Gray, Coventry Gray, Harbor Gray!! Yikes. Then there was new furniture to buy and styles to consider. While this was quite daunting, it was also liberating. It gave me a chance to mix the old with the new, and get a fresh perspective on what I wanted to surround myself with.

I found information online that truly was a lifesaver. When I found something that caught my eye, the first thing I did was save it to Pinterest. Not only was I able to get paint ideas, I was able to see them in different rooms, different homes, and with different furniture. Another resource was Houzz. In addition to getting great design insight, you can shop and find ideas on remodeling, discussions on design dilemmas, and find local professionals that can help you with whatever room you decide to tackle. Shows from the HGTV network provided great ideas for style and budget. You can go here to their website for video tips and design ideas, or here for remodeling ideas, DIY, and budget friendly tips. Finally, myhomeideas.com, a property of This Old House, is an excellent resource for home improvement and tips on a healthy, organized home.

Change is good! Whether you are considering a move, updating your space, or designing on a dime, these books from the Mercer County Library System will provide additional inspiration:
Lovable Livable Home; The thoughtful home; Elements of Style; 1000 home details
Lovable, Livable Home: How to Add Beauty, Get Organized, and Make Your House Work for You by Sherry Petersik
Sherry and John Petersik are the married duo who chronicled their home improvement adventures on the hit DIY blog, Young House Love, which spawned a New York Times bestselling book of the same name, as well as product lines sold by Target, Home Depot, and more. This new book is packed with thoughtful advice, doable DIY projects, and inspired spaces to help you create a home filled with beauty and meaning that works for everyone under your roof.

The Thoughtful Home: Creating a Home with Heart on Any Budget by Tahn Scoon
Artful and inspirational, this guide to home decorating offers a gentle nudge to those of us struggling to pull together an interior design scheme for our homes. Home decor and magazine stylist Tahn Scoon shows us how to look at our possessions and space anew, and rekindle a love for all that is old, faded and well-worn. Her philosophy marries new and old with natural materials, textures and tones, to create a style that layers comfort and familiarity with practicality and a strong sense of individuality.

Elements of Style: Designing a Home and a Life by Erin T. Gates
From the rising-star designer and author of the hit blog Elements of Style, here is a full-color, fully illustrated book packed with honest advice, inspiration, ideas, and lessons learned about designing a home that reflects your personality and style. Elements of Style is a uniquely personal and practical decorating guide that shows how designing a home can be an outlet of personal expression and an exercise in self-discovery.

1000 Home Details : A Complete Book of Inspiring Ideas to Improve Home Decoration by Francesc Zamora Mola
Here is an encyclopedia of design akin to having an iconic decorator walk through your home and sprinkle creativity in every room. Within each section, there are hundreds of imaginative ideas incorporating the latest in furniture and object design.

-Ilene Z.

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