|Whites, pastels and florals are the epitome of summer chic.
These days a house is more than a home. It’s a sanctuary—a canvas for personal style and an outlet for aesthetic expression. The “it’s just a roof over your head” conventional idiom is just about as old as wood paneling, orange velvet and shag carpet. From manicured backyards, to perfectly poised paintings, to imported fabrics, our humble abodes are anything but. Now a days, home is where the designer décor is.
I’ve gone from dorm room, to beach house, to apartment, to condo in the last four years and with an innate sense of interior style—thanks to my mother—but no money to style with—thanks to being fresh out of college—I’ve quickly learned how to make a dwelling go from ordinary to trendy on just a few bucks.
Right now, times are tough, wallets are flat and debt is a plenty so I can understand why people are curtailing their spending habits. Yes, there is currently a recession, but that doesn’t mean that we have to recede on style. A depressed economy is one thing, but a home deprived of a sophisticated interior is another.
You may not know it but the things you once deemed so dispensable could actually make your home uniquely chic.
Fireplaces in Southern California are only useful two to three months out of the year: November, December and maybe January. Since we have about four months to go before we can light up, transform your seasonally abandoned charcoal pit into a visually welcoming focal point.
To give your fireplace light without the warmth, set varying size cylindrical candles in the center of your fireplace. In order to get the right effect, however, the candles must drastically differ in height. When lit, candles of neutral colors such as white or cream will radiate a warm glow. Remember to be classy—there is a fine line between a shrine and an innovative idea.
As for walls, refrain from yielding to style’s “less is more” decree because if you have a blank wall that looks bleak, it’s most likely going to need some character. Store bought paintings can be mediocre, so to avoid an average appearing house, take a photograph, get it developed into three pictures and enlarge them. Hang the three pictures—which merely compose one big picture—side by side to get a mural-like effect and you will instantaneously go from desolate to eccentric. Place the pictures in a borderless, plain frame, otherwise, your masterpiece will look like an oversized, frumpy family portrait.
And to make your kitchen summer friendly, drink a lot of sparkling water and stop recycling. By all means, take out the trash and don’t over-hydrate yourself, but the next time you start to throw away a Pellegrino water bottle, think again because it could give your kitchen a brand new look. Take a few of the green-tinted glass bottles, add a bouquet of fresh picked daisies to each and line them up side by side in your location of choice. If you want to give the low-priced yet original design some class, remove the label and paint the bottles.
Make your home your palette. These decorating ideas are guaranteed to correspond with your home’s existing style and will do nothing but make your dwelling innovatively up to date.