I love how contemporary homes have this cleanliness that is just so inviting! From the lively plants to the "Good vibes only" sign, you're probably familiar with this popular style that is taking over homes, stores, and fashionable restaurants. So I wanted to create this list of trendy items that not only Millenials love!
If you’re like me, you’re probably familiar with the frustration of seeing your houseplants die. But here’s the thing: I always remember to water them and place them in a sunny spot, so how come they always turn yellow and droop? I really love plants and believe they bring a positive energy into any space, so I decided to do a little research and find out how to make them live longer. If you think you have “bad luck” with indoor plants, here’s my guide! I hope you’d find it helpful!
Here comes the sun.
Is the spot you chose for your plant bright enough? To check if your plant enjoys the benefits of direct sunlight, look for its new growth. Is it pale and weak? If it’s still growing but sheds leaves and looks floppy, then it’s probably lacking sunlight. What’s the solution? Move it to a South-facing window and keep the blinds open during the day. If that’s not possible, try a West-facing window, which is better than an East-facing window. Keep in mind that a North-facing window gets the least light. Also, avoid re-locating or rotating your plants too frequently, as they will need to orient themselves towards the sun, causing the older leaves to die.
Water it right!
If your healthy-looking plant died suddenly from being dry, and you did remember to water it, it might be that you were watering it the wrong way. When you water your plants every day, the plant becomes dependent and lazy, and therefore grows weaker roots. If you later forget to give it the same constant attention, then it will adjust to the sudden change by shedding its leaves. Another this is that if the potting soil gets completely dry, it won’t absorb water and it will drain them out, making you think the soil is saturated when it’s not. Luckily, there are a few solutions! First, make sure to re-pot your plant in a big pot with drainage holes as soon as possible, because more soil is able to hold the water for a longer period of time. Don’t water your plants as often as you used to, but when you do, soak it in the sink to allow it to grow stronger roots. Keep your plant in a tray, so it will fill up with the water your plant didn’t absorb. After a day or two, the soil will re-absorb the water left in the tray. If you tend to forget watering your plants, don’t use clay pots as they allow water to evaporate out of the side, causing your plant to dry so much faster.
Take care of the roots.
Drainage holes are super important because they allow water to drain from the soil and enable air to flow freely. That way, water doesn’t stand around the roots, what may cause them to rot. If the roots sit in water for too long, they will probably die soon. Be sure to choose pots that have drainage holes, and if it’s not possible, use a layer of pebbles, as a way to keep excess water away from the roots of your plant.
Keep them clean.
Your plants also get dusty at home, and that may block the sunlight. When you notice dust, rinse it gently with lukewarm water, your plant will enjoy the shower! And if you’ve got a big potted plant, no worries. Just wipe the leaves with a moist sponge or cloth. After cleaning your plants, let them air dry. They will look spotlessly clean and will enjoy the sun even more!
It ain’t over!
If your plant sheds its leaves and looks unhealthy, it doesn’t mean it’s dead! Plants can keep growing after trauma or after they’ve gone dormant. Before you throw it away, trim off the dead parts. Be patient and see what happens! It might surprise you with fresh new leaves.
Fashion and interiors. It only makes sense that these two fields should go hand in hand with each other, to beautifully dress our bodies and homes.
Countless collaborations between high-fashion designers and home decor brands prove that both worlds are closely linked, and when they meet - magic occurs. These two intertwined worlds allow the consumers to dress their homes with their favorite fashion, and that way to create a whole lifestyle experience.
I’m one gal who’s truly in love with this growing trend! How could you not? Fashion designers bring their fresh touch and creative perspectives into interiors, making it super exciting as endless opportunities can be incorporated into our everyday lives.
Christian Siriano, the fashion prodigy and “Project Runway” youngest winner, partnered with Home Dynamix to reinterpret his dreamlike, whimsical designs and combine beauty with home functionality. Traditional, geometric or abstract patterning, subtle color palettes, and luxurious texture were all incorporated into his four area rugs collections - Roma, Jersey, Brooksville, and Chelsea - to add pattern interest to any home while offering amazing, luxurious texture underfoot. With Siriano’s aesthetics and charm, any rug from these stunning collections will turn any floor space into a real piece of art.
Another beautiful collaboration and one of my favorites is the Nicole Miller line of area rugs and bedding. As Nicole Miller exclaimed, “Good design isn’t just for your wardrobe – your home is an extension of your personal style”.
Once more, Home Dynamix have taken her design philosophy, signature prints and colors, and translated it into a home decor line that is both stylish and functional. Her area rug collections incorporate special techniques like space-dying and heathered yarns, creating truly one of a kind pieces.
Her bedding collections offer stylish comforter sets for kids and adults, that come to life with bright hues of pink, gold, teal, purple, orange, green, and blue.
I know it’s still snowing outside and winter is still here, but it won’t last forever and I’m more than ready to welcome the spring that will officially come our way on March 20th. Soon, days will get longer and sunnier, daffodils will turn the parks yellow, and I will start refreshing my home.
So start the countdown and spruce up your home for spring with these awesome tips!
Lighten things up with breezy fabrics. Changing heavy fabrics and dark tones with breezy textures, soft color palettes, and fun, floral prints will definitely freshen the entire space. Update your decorative pillows, curtains, tablecloth, area rugs or even your bedding to set a light, springy mood.
Bring some plants inside. Nothing evokes the spirit of spring better than fresh foliage or flowers. Place them in fun vases, refresh the water regularly and trim the bottom of the stems, to extend their lives and prolong their freshness.
Play with color. Anything colorful, from accessories to art or an area rug, is an easy way to freshen your home for spring. Use green, pink or yellow to really invite the spring in. Place a cheerful area rug or a floral stool in your living room, place some fun accents on your coffee table, and you will notice their immediate impact.
Bring the freshness in with scents. Stock your home with scented candles, essential oils, air fresheners or reed diffusers in wonderful springy fragrances like lavender, citrus, jasmine or rose petals. Ahh, it’s the perfect whiff!
A welcoming atmosphere is something most people will recognize when they step into a room. There’s something warm, comforting and inviting you can’t really put your finger on, but you know it’s there. How can you create a space you and your guests will love spending time in? It’s hard to define and even harder to show in photos, but here are a few tips to get you inspired.
First thing first.
The entryway and first impressions go a long way in making your home feel welcoming and inviting. Starting with your entrance is quick and easy and will make a big difference. Clear the doorway from shoes, toys and your mail, make sure the lighting is good and place a good old outdoor mat.
Make room for guests.
Is your coat closet too crowded? Do you have an umbrella stand when it’s raining outside? Maybe an extra doormat to take off wet or icy shoes? Creating guest space is simple and will make them feel welcome in your home.
Create intimacy with seating.
You can make your living room feel more inviting by arranging the seating closer together without too many objects in between. That way guests won’t be too distant from each other, resulting in a comforting and pleasant experience.
Use appealing textures.
You can make any space feel more comfortable by incorporating textured items that invite you to touch them, like a fluffy area rug in your living room, smooth wooden furniture, faux fur pillows and other cozy items.
Play with the lights.
There are a few types of lighting, the most common are ambient lighting (your general lighting like recessed cans, flush mount etc), task lighting (like a desk lamp) and accent lighting (for up-lighting plants, for example). Use layers of these three types and play with it, until you reach the magic spot that creates the atmosphere you love in your space.
Something smells good!
Smell also plays a big role in creating a pleasant environment. Scented candles, fragrance sticks, fresh flowers, or a freshly baked cake, will make your home feel super inviting!
Use warm colors.
As colors can affect our mood, warm colors remind us of the sunlight’s warmth, burning fire and relaxing sand. Warm colors can add character and interest to any space, especially if you used neutrals in your color scheme.
Your home should reflect your personality.
Most importantly, being true to your own personal style will instantly add the character that will set the right atmosphere in your home. So no matter what you do and which designer tips you choose to follow, your home should reflect who you are.