Our Thoughts on All Things Home


Post-holiday and look at the house!

If you are like us, all the wonder and excitement at decorating for the holidays drains away come early January and leaves a wake of work in its stead. The time comes to put away the decorations for another year.

In some houses, furniture gets moved back to its customary location and the standard objects like picture frames and knick-knacks regain their rightful place.

Why not mix it up a bit?!

We were talking just the other day about how both of us use this time to cast a fresh eye onto our living space. It's a fun time to do a little "spring clean" mid-winter. We also appraise if we like the way our furniture is arranged, and if we really want to keep all the little decorations in their same location.

A freshen-up inside can really boost the mood!

Layering for the winter

As you add clothing layers to keep warm for the colder weather, why not do the same for your home? While we love a minimal look, we also love the idea of “layering”: adding upon what you already have to bring a sense of warmth and coziness to your home. It is during these months of spending much more time indoors that we need our home to truly be a place of comfort.

So, where to begin? Let’s start with your windows. We tend to use lighter, more breathable materials on our windows during the warmer months. Instead of taking them down, simply add a heavier panel onto the same rod, perhaps something in wool that will give your windows some more weight (and insulation).
For your coffee table, add some magazines, a bowl and a candle. Your couch can also reflect a layered look..adorn your seating with a throw and extra pillows.

Layering can even be achieved on the floor. One of our favorite ways of upping the design ante in a room is to layer rugs. If you have wall-to-wall carpeting, don't hesitate to put an area rug down over it. The same principle applies for placing a small area rug atop a larger one. By doing this, you add new color and dimension to your room.