How to Create Your Perfect Home in 3 Easy Steps
We all want Pinterest-worthy homes that make us feel calm, organized and, you know, pretty much amazing at all things LIFE.
But when you come home from a long day with kids screaming, dishes in the sink, laundry in the hamper and various messes to clean, reorganizing your space to reflect your vision board doesn’t take top priority.
When you arrange your space to reflect your inner desires and wishes, amazing things start to happen:
- You start to feel like you belong in the lifestyle you reflect.
- The chatter of your mind becomes settled by the reflection of the beauty in your surroundings.
- This beauty starts to trickle into other areas of your life.
But what does it mean to have a perfect home? Having a perfect home only means one thing: It has to feel perfect to you. Some of us love cozy, comforting mismatched furniture and personal touches. Others love minimal, clean lines and shudder at the thought of tchotchkes. Think of your interior space in terms of how it makes you feel.
And then work from there.
Define your style.
We’ve all been through the college-dorm-nothing-matches-phase, the heavy, dark Crate & Barrel trends, the boho chic or flea market finds style. But just as we grow and change, so does our preferred interior aesthetic. Look at your space now. If you could define it in three words, what would they be? Does every room tell a different story? Try to find an element that you haven’t outgrown: whether that’s decadent art on the walls, funky dishes, or wallpaper you just can’t part with. Define style elements that you absolutely love and want to keep.
Work with what you’ve got.
Because we all don’t have six-figure budgets set aside for remodeling, identify pieces you still adore and attempt to showcase them in a new way. Perhaps that beloved bookcase becomes a China cabinet; or the dining room table becomes your new work table. Identify key pieces in each room and build around an item that is reflective of your style.
Be a copycat.
If you can’t afford to hire a professional, chances are you know someone whose house you walk into every time and go, “Oh my God, I want to live here!!” Pick their brains for style ideas, creative finds, and budget-friendly hacks. Take cues from magazines and pay attention to how other people’s homes make you feel. Piecing together your ideal plan with input and outside suggestions can help you focus and get clear on what it is you do and don’t want.
Whatever perfect means for you, enhancing your home works wonders to start streamlining other areas of your life…and brings into focus what it is you really want and how you want to feel.
“A house is much more than a shelter. It should lift us emotionally and spiritually.”
- John Saladino