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Fashion and decor often get a bad rap. They are seen by many as frivolous and indulgent, materialistic and unimportant.

While a Pinterest-perfect home is far from necessary, a home that makes you smile surely is. Whether you have a home full of coveted antiques, cool modern furniture, or nothing but IKEA, if your home makes you happy, that’s what really matters.

 

YOUR HOME IS AN OASIS

Treat your home like the paradise that it is. Home is where we enjoy time with friends, relax after a long day, and create amazing memories. When decorating your home, think about the purpose you want it to serve, and design with that purpose in mind. Just by choosing the right bedsheets and paint, your room can become more relaxing, letting you have a better night’s sleep. A larger dining table with comfortable chairs encourages your beloved guests to stay for one more glass of wine.

 

EXPRESS YOURSELF

“Home is where we create, relax, live, and love. A well-decorated home is a stage for a well-lived life.”

Just as one expresses themselves through their hairstyle or outfits, your home can be a true reflection of who you really are. If you live alone, go all out! Pick your favorite pieces and items and get creative, mixing and matching until your eyes see nothing that does not bring joy. If you share your home, collaborate with that person. Ask them what is important to them, what they love. While challenging, finding a way to bring two styles together can be a bonding experience, and the end product something you will both enjoy for a lifetime. When friends walk through your door, they should look around and see you. 

 

DON’T FORGET YOUR PAST

Your home is the perfect place to sprinkle meaningful pieces around. Your grandmother’s chair, a photo of a city you love, or an uncle’s painting are tangible ways to pay homage to the people and places we love. Mixing old with new is a sure way to create an interesting, beautiful space. You’ll literally be surrounding yourself with love when you incorporate family pieces with your own personal picks.

 

Your home can be whatever you want it to be. Don’t overlook the power of decorating. Allow your home to be appealing, comfortable, and serve a purpose beyond simply being a shelter. Home is where we create, relax, live, and love. A well-decorated home is a stage for a well-lived life.