Edit Before Moving
Spring cleaning shouldn’t just be limited to the Spring! Before you move, go through all of your items and decide whether to keep, toss or donate. Look at each item— do you need this item and will this bring you joy in your new home? If the answer is yes, pack it up! If the answer is no, it may be time to let go. Doing things like checking your kitchen for expired foods/spices and donating old clothes you don’t wear will make your future move so much easier! Devote your space to what you love!
Box By Category
Once your items are edited, your future self will thank you for packing like items together.
For example, pack things like hanging clothes together, workout clothes together and swim all together — the list goes on! Remember, sort and pack “likes with likes.” Seeing how much of each category you have allows you to designate a proper home for those items in your new space.
Categorizing this way will also help you locate those long lost items you’ve been searching for, and help you figure out whether certain things should live in different rooms entirely.
Pro Tip: Pack what I call a "Move-In Box. This box includes the very first essentials you will need in your new home. It is the last box to load on the truck, therefore the first box into your new home. It should include the following:
Set Priorities and Unbox Accordingly
Everyone needs a good game-plan. What are the most important rooms in your house? What rooms will you be using the most, right off the bat? Tackle those areas first.
Pro Tip: Unpack your room first. If you are tired, nothing else in the house will function correctly. Follow by kids’ rooms, then the kitchen, then the rest of the home.
Break Down Boxes & Tidy Each Day
It’s amazing what a little decluttering can do! After each day’s unpack session, walk around your home and pick up all trash, empty boxes, garbage etc. and dispose of it before bed. Your space will feel cleaner, more open and you’ll have less cleanup to do the next day!
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TOP TRENDS IN INTERIOR LIGHTING DESIGN FOR 2019
SOFT GOLD IS THE NEW FINISH
Lately, there has been a spike in the popularity of soft colors. Homeowners have fallen in love with colors such as grey and greige (grey plus beige). Soft gold falls right within this spectrum of soft colors that work so well for contemporary decors. Soft gold falls somewhere in the middle of brushed silver and brushed gold. It borrows the soft matte finish of these two hues while bringing out the warmth and mellowness of gold. This also means that it can blend in with almost any kind of décor from modern urban to farmhouse.
Soft gold lighting fixtures come in a variety of styles and designs. For overhead lighting, look for fixtures that accentuate the gold. You can also check for fixtures that complement the soft gold with other soft colors like grey or matte silver. Use soft gold lighting to attract attention to specific corners or areas of your living room. Bright, brassy gold fixtures are still not very popular, perhaps because they remind you of your grandma’s house or because it tends to date a home which makes it an unpopular choice for resale. Soft gold however will be around for quite a while.
REFINED RETRO & INDUSTRIAL STYLES
Industrial has always been about rustic finishes, neutral colors and an emphasis on metal. Retro is making a comeback but in a different way. If you look at modern industrial lighting, there are some stark differences to what you know as traditional industrial. The best way to describe it is as an ‘’upgraded industrial’’ or just modern retro. Unlike the warehouse-like styles that are common with industrial style, we are seeing sleeker metals–richer and more varied tones and alternative designs. Shop around and you will find retro fixtures with finer details that look more like a form of art. If you were hesitant about introducing some industrial aspects to your home, the new modern look should help.
Vintage Edison-Style Bulbs
Vintage Edison-style bulbs add to the 2019 retro lighting trend with homeowners loving the nostalgic design of these fixtures. The rounded cone shape makes the bulbs especially homey and perfect for areas like the living area and kitchen. Even better, you can get Edison-style bulbs in modern LED lighting. Get the LED variations if you want a fixture that will last longer and consume less power. But if you want the authentic retro experience, there are incandescent Edison bulbs still available in the market. The advantage of the incandescent variations is that they are less expensive, however you will replace them more frequently than their LED counterparts.
5 Color Trends of 2019
Last year was all about bringing an edgier palette into the home–with vibrant reds, modern metallics, and variations of the statement black accent wall. Unlike 2018's color trends, 2019 is taking a more mindful, lifestyle-based approach to the development of new shades. Most paint brands have released their colors of the year, including Benjamin Moore, PPG Paints, Sherwin Williams, and Pantone. From powerful aquas to soft terracottas, companies are connecting the dots between consumers' home lives, mental demands, and digital engagement, which inspired many of the color picks this year.
If you're looking to kick-start your home refresh by indulging in new hues, check out 2019's top color trends, along with how to use them in your own home now.
1) Woodland Shades
“While nature is a common inspiration for home décor, in 2019 we will see a shift from oversized botanicals to the woodlands, with mushroom grays and fern-inspired colors. Mushrooms will also continue to be a key shape in the home. Their earthy color–gray blended with warm brown–gives off an old world, naturalist feel.
2) Misty Blues
In 2019, we're going to see blues with a softened mistiness and haze. This moody blue has a calming grey undertone that promotes a more serene energy in the home. Seattle Haze, by Valspare is one of their colors of the year for a good reason. Consider painting the pantry the same color as the cabinetry for a cohesive look in your home.
3) Hunter Greens
Hunter greens are a great choice for 2019. Hunter green holds a sultry and worldly value to it, it's intrinsic in nature and all of life. It's timeless in every respect, and works beautifully with natural elements and neutral tones. What i also love about this color is how seamlessly it transitions between millwork, walls, furniture and accessories. As an added bonus, because of its neutrality there's no definition of a home feeling more masculine or feminine; it's the perfect balance of each.
4) Pale Pink
Pale pinks are prevailing in 2019 due to their neutral properties and compatibility with other shades. Monochromatic colorways–like this pink desert sand shade–will be popular in 2019. It can be mixed with an abundance of white or a lemon yellow for the ideal look. Pale pink is this year's grey. This trend has staying power and where it has grabbed my attention most, is at the front door. Pleasant Pink by Benjamin Moore is a comfortably sophisticated hue that blends rose with peach and a touch of gray undertone that keeps it from looking too bubble-gummy or baby’s room. Antique brass metal hardware will give the color an aged quality that keeps it from looking too trendy.
5) Almost Whites
There’s nothing more classic than an all white palette. And while pure white is a go-to for many homemakers, 2019 will be the year of “almost-whites.” These shades offer subtle nuances that adapt to different lighting, furniture, and surrounding colors. For those who crave a minimalist palette that still feels dynamic, an almost-white shade is the fool-proof choice.
Baskets are an essential part of everything I do from organization to design. There are shapes, sizes and colors to suite every style and need. Here are some examples of how baskets can provide three organization solutions for your home.
Storing decorative pillows in a large basket, not only saves you space in your linen closet, it allows you to switch out your decor at a moments notice.
There is nothing like being able to cozy up with a throw on a movie night or while binge watching Netflix. Easy access can be provided by a perfectly placed basket.
Bath Towels & Essentials
Towels in baskets are organized and aesthetically pleasing to the eye . You also tend to fit more rolled in a basket than folded on a shelf.
Since this particular trend began, I have watched it grow from a unique finishing touch in a perfectly designed room, to grossly overdone in a place that now sends so many messages, you no longer can be comfortable in such trendy chaos.
Don't get me wrong; I love what I call "textual" design as much as the next person, however, be sure other design elements in the room convey the same message as you hang on the wall. Having said that here are some tips on how to make your room send your message with or without the sign.
Place this sign and others like it (home sweet home, welcome) in a room large enough to "gather," such as the dining room or living area. It may sound obvious, but I have seen it in hallways, entryways and yes even the bathroom (Um, no thank you). Also if this particular text or one similar is displayed, it is a good idea to have plenty of seating, lighting and for textiles to be cozy and inviting. Warm colors such as creamy white, shades of grey, or pale blues are the perfect wall colors that will make people want to stay awhile and feel comfortable.