It’s the day to do some kind of recap post–right? Although 2020 feels like a wash in many ways, I was thinking about the things I actually did accomplish in all of my time at home and I made some small changes that made a big difference (to me). Big improvements don’t always mean knocking down a wall or even spending a large amount of money. A few thoughtful changes can improve the way you feel about your home. I’ve shared some of these quickly on Instagram but here are a few more thoughts on my 5 favorite decor changes of 2020.
One. This spot has been ever evolving but late last year, I purchased the leaner mirror and it had just the effect I was hoping it would. The size opens up our smallish space and I like that it brings a more classical look to the room. (I’m sure the rest of my family was thinking the same exact thing. . . ) I also changed out the art by bringing in prints I previously had in our kitchen. They’re pages from a coffee table book that I framed myself. The final change I made wasn’t to the wall but to the floor. I replaced our jute rug with a much better sisal that stays in place and makes the room feel lighter overall.
Two. When my teenage daughter decided she wanted the bookcases out of her room earlier this year, I decided to try them in our living room instead of the heavier black ones I’d had there for a while. Turns out, this small change in color made the whole room feel brighter. They also have more shelves which means I can buy more books. . . I do love the look of crammed shelves. (These are the IKEA Hemnes, by the way.)
Three. I wasn’t necessarily unhappy with the lighting in our dining room/office, but I did feel like the scale could be better and had long been an admirer of this light. After much searching, I found the right size at a pretty good price. I did have a little anxiety that it would be way too large for our room once installed but it’s such a statement without being overpowering. Another benefit: I was able to use the other pendant in our living room and I love its reflection in the big mirror.
Note: The exact light I ordered is now out of stock on Amazon but this one is almost identical.
Four. While not everyone (on the internet) agreed, I knew I wanted to get rid of the pattern in my kitchen breakfast nook for a while. I just didn’t know what to do instead. After trying to figure out if I should save up for another wallpaper or try to hand paint some kind of abstract pattern, it finally hit me that I could just paint the entire kitchen in the same emerald green as some of our cabinets. Why didn’t I think of this before? The kitchen feels more finished (and fun) now and getting rid of the pattern has given me more flexibility in adding pillows, art, etc. I also feels like it flows better into the adjacent rooms. (Walls are Deep Jungle by Benjamin Moore.)
Five. Walls weren’t the only thing I painted in 2020. Something about our fireplace mantel arrangement felt “meh” to me so I grabbed a canvas from our attic, some leftover paint in our garage and a few craft sponge brushes. The best thing about making your own art (besides the cost!) is that you have the freeing opportunity to paint over it and start again anytime your heart desires. . .
What’s your favorite change you’ve made to your home in 2020?
You can share yours by using #2020FavoriteChange on Instagram.