Top 5 Tips to “Winter Refresh” your Home

Warm up to Winter

Warm up to Winter

For many of us we feel a certain sense of accomplishment when we clear away the Christmas  decorations and restore a sense of order to our homes.  It marks the end of too much; clutter, eating,  drinking, spending, analyzing our family (maybe just me on that last one) and helps us hit that New  Years’ goal of being more organized. The thing is, now our homes look bare and lifeless without all that  glitter. Time for a little “winter refresh” to help you get through the next few months of hibernation.

Tip #1 –  See your room with fresh eyes

Now that the tree is gone and there’s a big gap in your room it’s the perfect opportunity to change the layout of your furniture. Have you had the same layout for years? Is there another way to arrange what you currently have? Would replacing the coffee table with a big ottoman change the function and the warmth of your room? Could you switch up furniture between your rooms. With cold days ahead think about arranging your furniture to take advantage of your fireplace or other hotspots in your home, flanking the fireplace with the chairs is so warm and inviting that you’ll want to curl up and stay awhile.

Who wouldn't want to come out of the cold to nestle into this room. Photo courtesy of Pinerest - Handmade for the Home

Who wouldn’t want to come out of the cold to nestle into this room. Photo courtesy of Pinterest – Handmade for the Home

Tip #2 –  Baby it’s cold outside!

Add a big basket of cozy blankets to your room; it adds a splash of colour and texture as well as keeping you and your guests toasty on those chilly nights. Don’t forget to put extra blankets in your guest room.

This ladder adds a bit of dimension and provides a functional place to display a collection of blankets

This ladder adds a bit of dimension and provides a functional place to display a collection of blankets. Photo courtesy of ControllingCraziness.blog.com

Tip #3 – Paint!

I think that this is the perfect opportunity to paint. While you’re cleaning up your decorations it’s just one more step to pack up the remaining accessories. As much as I hate to admit it we’ve got at least 3 months ahead of us that are indoors… why not create a space that you love to be in! See A Colour Story to take my painting quiz.

Time to freshen up those walls your staring at.

Time to freshen up those walls you’ll be staring at all winter.

Tip #4 – Buy fresh flowers

Nothing brightens up a room faster than fresh flowers. We are fortunate that we can now find so many varieties even in winter, spring might be months away but we can add some spring happiness with tulips and amaryllis that can be found at most floral shops.

Adding citrus fruits in the base of your arrangements will provide a quick and easy hit of colour and life to any room.

Adding citrus fruits in the base of your arrangements will provide a quick and easy hit of colour and life to any room. Photo courtesy of stylemepretty.com

Tip#5 – Redistribute your art & accessories

I often work on refreshing and editing with my clients and one of the first things we do is gather up lamps, accessories and art, we then lay it out on the dining room table and find new ways/places to group and display them. It’s amazing how a group of candle sticks can look completely different when paired up with new accessories in a different location.

This sparkly grouping from Pier 1 would add warmth to a hall table or mantle. Gorgeous!

This sparkly grouping from Pier 1 would add warmth to a hall table or mantle. Gorgeous!

I’d love to hear how you make your home “winter blah” proof, leave me a note in the comment section. Happy January may it be a warm and toasty one for you!

Friday’s Five Faves

This week has been an all out sprint to complete lingering projects, translation… I’ve spent a ton of time online shopping and pounding the pavement. Here are five really cool design finds that I scooped up this week.

Jonathon Adler for Kravet

Jonathon Adler for Kravet

 

Manhattan bar stool - Sunpan

Manhattan bar stool – Sunpan

 

Moma Chair - Urban Barn

Moma Chair – Urban Barn

 

New Wave Collection - Momeni Inc.

New Wave Collection – Momeni Inc.

 

Howard Elliott Collection

Howard Elliott Collection

 

Brilliant blasts of colour with design details that grab your attention was on the agenda this week, mission accomplished :) What’s up next you ask? Well, I’m on the hunt for a “showstopping” raspberry fabric and a killer dining table.

Hope you have a weekend that’s colourful!

Warmly,

Jennifer

Spunk And Sparkle

Let me start off by saying I love Vancouver, seriously I feel at home there from the moment my feet hit the tarmac. We had a busy week of family obligations but every day we took time to get on our bikes and explore the city. One of the interesting things about Canada is how varied our design is. I am overwhelmed with love for Vancouver architecture. It feels like every house has it’s own unique detail; mixed materials like cedar shakes, copper detailing and a variety of board and batten colours. I almost fell off my bike a number of times just trying to take it all in!

One of the great things about exploring another city for a designer girl like me is having the opportunity to wander the local design shops. My heart started to beat faster and I felt a little sweaty with anticipation walking into Chinz & Co’s massive downtown showroom.

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There is a life beyond Home Sense and my wish is that people think outside the box be open to creative accents and begin to create homes with layers of personality.  Vancouver is so vibrant and full of possibilities, our safe neighbourhoods of Ottawa need to take a page out of their book and add some spunk and sparkle!

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Do you feel design inspiration when you travel? Let me know where you’ve been that most inspired you.

Just Shelf It…

As winter continues to hold on tight here I continue to look for ways to add life, vitality and a touch of spring to my clients spaces. I will win against winter eventually!

Here are a few quick ways to take shelves or shelving unit from functional to fantastic. What are you waiting for?

Photos courtesy of BHG & my fellow Pinterest friends. For more details & images visit my Pinterest board