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Create a welcoming home

Easy ways to infuse love, functionality, and design

Turning your home into a warm, inviting retreat that also functions well doesn’t require an overhaul. With some simple tweaks, you can infuse character, comfort and style into your living space. Here are some hacks to help you make your home feel more loved and lived-in while keeping things practical.

EMBRACE PERSONAL TOUCHES

Gallery walls: Create a gallery wall using adhesive hooks or picture-hanging strips to display cherished memories, art or photographs. This customizable feature adds personality without damaging walls.

Collectibles: Showcase your collections or meaningful items on shelves or in glass cabinets. These small details reflect your personality and give the space character.

UTILIZE TEXTILES AND SOFT FURNISHINGS

Rugs: Layering rugs can instantly add warmth and depth to a room. Choose various textures and sizes to create visual interest without making permanent changes.

Cushions and throws: Add throw pillows and cozy blankets to sofas and chairs. These accessories not only add comfort, but also serve as easy ways to introduce color and patterns.

NATURAL ELEMENTS

Indoor plants: Incorporate low-maintenance plants to bring life and freshness into your home. Use a mix of planters, hanging pots or wall-mounted planters to add greenery to various corners.

Natural light: Maximize natural light by keeping curtains or blinds open during the day. Natural light not only elevates the ambiance, but also helps create a cozy atmosphere.

FUNCTIONAL SOLUTIONS

Multifunctional furniture: Invest in pieces that serve multiple purposes, such as storage ottomans, nesting tables or sofa beds. These items maximize space and functionality.

Organization: Use baskets, bins and trays to keep clutter under control. Incorporate hooks, racks and wall-mounted organizers to efficiently store items while adding design elements to your walls.

LIGHTING AMBIANCE

Layered lighting: Combine various lighting sources, such as overhead lights, floor lamps, table lamps and string lights, to create a cozy ambiance. Dimmers or smart bulbs let you adjust the mood effortlessly.

Candles and diffusers: Use the power of scent to evoke a pleasant vibe and lend a personal touch to your home.

TEMPORARY DESIGN ENHANCEMENTS

Removable wallpaper or decals: Add personality to your walls with temporary wallpapers or decals. They’re renter-friendly and can be removed easily without leaving any residue.

Vinyl floor decals or rugs: Spruce up your floors with vinyl decals or rugs to add character to plain or dull flooring. They’re easy to install and can be replaced or removed effortlessly.jen


Now that you’ve made your home welcoming and functional, here are some easy-to-follow tips for maintaining it:

  1. Declutter regularly: Make decluttering a habit. Set aside a few minutes each day to clean up and put things back where they belong. This keeps your space orderly and prevents mess from accumulating.
  2. Make functional zones: Set aside special places for certain activities. This could be a reading nook, an office or a relaxing spot. Having specified zones helps to maintain order and structure.
  3. Implement storage alternatives: To keep items neatly stowed away, invest in versatile furniture with built-in storage, or add beautiful baskets and shelves. Also make sure to utilize vertical space.
  4. Have a cleaning routine: Incorporate small cleaning tasks into your daily routine. Wipe down surfaces, do a load of laundry or sweep/ vacuum high-traffic areas. These small efforts prevent messes from piling up.
  5. Keep a “drop zone”: Make a specific area near the entry for keys and other commonplace items. This keeps clutter from spreading and makes it simple to locate items before leaving.
  6. Use labels and containers: Labeling containers and shelves keeps things organized. To readily identify what you need, use clear containers for products like spices, pantry goods or craft supplies.
  7. Make checklists: Make a daily checklist for fast jobs like making the bed, doing the dishes and picking up the living room. Checking off these items gives you a sense of satisfaction and keeps your home neat.
  8. Brighten up your decor: Choose simple or carefully placed decorations. Too much stuff can make a room appear cluttered. Choose a few statement pieces that add to the aesthetic without overpowering the space.
  9. Conduct regular maintenance checks: Schedule regular checks for appliances, HVAC systems and other household necessities. Preventative maintenance ensures that everything operates well and avoids unexpected problems.
  10. Adapt as needed: Life can be hectic, so adjust your routines accordingly. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you skip a day; consistency is the key.

Written by Jennifer Miller

Jennifer Miller is a certified interior designer, professional home stager and CEO of Jennuwine Design, Sophisticated Staging. Connect with her at info@DBJfirm.com, www.DesignbyJennuwine.com or (228) 285-1535.

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