If your Pinterest boards are anything like ours, they’re packed with enviable images of interiors (Eames and Neutra, for starters). But rather than lust after mid-century modern stunners and billionaire playhouses, why not upgrade your pad with a few thoughtful details? As a bonus, these additions will also make your living space feel cozy, wonderful, personal—in short, like home.
Showcase While Storing
Group sets of items you’ve hoarded collected to show them off—and save space along the way. Stack coffee table books and back issues of magazines (among our favorites: Lucky Peach and The Gentlewoman to create an instant nightstand or side table. Use mason jars and glass vases to display petite trinkets, such as matchbooks or bottles of neon nail polish.
Deck the Walls
Experiment! Paint and traditional artwork aren’t the only acceptable accessories for walls. Frame intricate handkerchiefs and scarves, or hang a colorful hat or two (those of the wide-brimmed straw variety work well). For a grown-up, everyday twist on childhood birthday party décor, try Banter Banner, offering phrases like “La Dolce Vita,” or splurge on a glittery, customizable garland by the CONFETTISYSTEM duo, who have collaborated with the likes of Beyoncé and J.Crew. For wallpaper without the commitment, we’re smitten with Chasing Paper, a brand-new line of removable wallpaper in a range of inspired patterns. Alternatively, put your own work on display: CanvasPop turns photographs (yes, including your Instagrams) into canvases.
The Tray's the Thing
Odds are, you have a number of prettily packaged necessities running around. Corral them together on trays, like French Bull’s Dhalia-print version. Keep one on your nightstand with your p.m. essentials: a riveting novel, night cream, and lip balm. On your desk, a tray can hold hand cream (we like TOCCA’s grapefruit-scented variety and office supplies like a cute notepad and jar of pens.
Organize Your Muses
Create inspiration boards that reflect specific interests. One on your closet door can showcase street style snaps and ripped-out shoots from fashion mags. (You can even hang necklaces and bracelets from the pushpins.) Place one in your kitchen with go-to recipes—written on beautiful cards, of course—and the business cards of your favorite restaurants.
Engage the Other Senses
It’s not only about the visuals. Keep prettily wrapped candies or gummies—for yourself or, if anything’s left, for guests—in an elegant bowl. Light a few fresh-smelling votives (we’re partial to LAFCO’s chic version, and shake up your tunes with Songza playlists, created by experts and tailored to specific moods and situations.
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