I was very inspired the days we were away on our anniversary trip.
The house was very beautifully decorated, and while not totally my style, I loved it.
There was no clutter in that place. Of course, no one lives there. There was no mail to deal with or pets, or newspapers, no schoolwork - just uncluttered spaces. The thing that was so peaceful about it was that I was coming from a small cottage that had just celebrated Christmas and a wedding. For months the wedding clothes and serving items and centerpieces had been stacked up or hanging in my bedroom. Visually, I was on overload.
Tim, too, mentioned how peaceful it felt, and we talked about how while our home is, under normal circumstances, mostly uncluttered, we do have areas of clutter. Have I mentioned that we run our business out of the house? We have done pretty well to keep it in Tim's office but on occasion the paperwork and mail pile up on the kitchen counter, and with the kitchen and living room basically in one big, open space, it gets visually cluttered quickly, if we allow things to pile up on the counter. So we are working on organizing the office to have better functionality, and we are committed to putting things where they belong. (I already sort mail immediately when it comes in. Any junk goes into our burnable trash bin)
Another area of inspiration was in the touches of natural items. Now being historic places and a vacation house, they use very nice artificial greenery, plants, and in colonial style, fruit.
It was so pretty and made a big impact on the feel of the locations. The candles, greens, fruit all were welcoming, and felt like thoughtful touches.
I want to incorporate more plants in my home this year. I used to use a lot of artificial plants, but over time I got ride of those and now am trying to add live plants. I have a Pathos that I moved from the mantle in the living room at Christmastime. I put it in my bedroom and loved it in there. Now that Christmas is over until December, I have moved it back into the living room. I do, however plan to get a plant for my room too! I also have a mother fern and an aloe vera plant. I think a touch of a live plant in each room would be wonderful! So that is a goal for this year.
I also was inspired by the beautifully made beds, (I'm a huge fan of beautifully made beds!) nice window treatments, rugs underfoot on the wood floors. These are all elements that I can do or update in my home. Also, the towels were amazing! Thick, soft, fluffy! Wow!
I love keeping my home and I feel ready to organize, rearrange, beautify my home. After living here for 14 years, it needs some updating and refreshing. Also with the girls having separate rooms for the first time ever, there is the fun of a fresh start in their rooms. While they will be works in progress, it will be really fun to create rooms that are personal to each girl.
Have you been inspired lately, in your home or for your home? Do you have any projects for this year?