It’s hard not to buy random things (stuff we don’t need) these days isn’t it? Well, in an effort to avoid collecting too much stuff that I probably don’t need and creating clutter (who wants to see that everyday?), I thought it would help to be reminded of the things I do have.
Women love jewellery which means we love to buy jewelry. But ever think that you already have something that goes with that black dress? Probably not. So often we forget about the things we already own simply because it’s stuffed at the bottom of a drawer or sitting in a purse for some odd reason. How about putting your jewelry (maybe not everything but your key pieces) on display for yourself so that everyday before you head out you can grab and go?
Check out the pic. A three-tiered platter turned into a jewelry display. Unlike the traditional jewelry box, everything is exposed drawing your eyes and hands straight to the right piece for the day. It also acts as unique decor for your bedroom or bathroom!
Here are a few other creative ways you can display your jewelry:
In the midst of having some time off to “reflect” on all things work and life, I had the chance to take a real look around the new home my husband and I so diligently worked towards making our own in less than a year. When I take it all in now, I can’t help but to feel quite proud of us for using our very own hands and hearts to create a space that reflects our little family (we have a naughty one and a half year old Schnauzer/Poodle). If I were to try and explain our home using adjectives I would say it is modest, peaceful, creative and somewhat ‘naturesque’. Perhaps others don’t think these things of our home but we do, and that’s what matters most.
If I think about the process involved in making our home a reflection of my family, it started with a passion to make the space a calming one. Next, I looked a long time for inspiration through seeing what others (experts and non-experts) have done and taking a note of things I liked the most. Houzz.com and Style at Home magazine are great for this. I then tried to identify our style (although I’m still not sure I know what it is – maybe transitional and a bit rustic?). Finally, the key objectives I wanted to achieve in our home style combined with other key factors played a big role in bringing everything together:
a) Flow – As our home is a side split with each level somewhat exposed, it was important to have consistency throughout the house.
b) Colour – Wanting to use neutral colours and earth tones to bring the outside in as we have a mature lot with big, old trees that could transcend nicely within the home.
c) Budget – Money played an important role of course. I would be lying if I told you Ikea and I are not good friends! But having to stretch the dollar made everything a bit more fun and drove us to be more creative (refinishing old furniture for example or painting our old brick fireplace rather than getting a complete face lift).
I didn’t follow any formula for creating the space we can call ours. Everything sort of evolved on its own through my determination to create a space that we could enjoy living in, day in and day out. Next to work or school, we all spend most of our time at home and whether you live in a 550 square foot condo, a basement apartment or a 4500 square foot custom home by the lake – you have the ability to make your space ‘yours’ – a true reflection of you and in that I would hope a place you can find comfort and happiness. Believe that even when money or time (full time jobs, raising a family, etc.,) isn’t on your side, you can make this happen.
Through this blog, I would like to share with you some of the things I’ve done in my home and also write about topics that may inspire you as you create a space of your own. I’m not an interior designer or decorator, I simply followed my heart and hope that you will too (and share your stories of course)!