I’ve been reading Design*Sponge for many years and have always loved their approach to interiors, design, and business. Yesterday my apartment was featured as a home tour and it was so fun to see it up on a site I admire so much.
I’ll be the first to admit that on busy weeks (or lazy weeks, or distracted weeks, or inspired weeks), my apartment can get into quite a state of disarray. I don’t know about you, but sometimes it can feel hard to keep up with the stuff that piles up on the kitchen table, and the clothes on the desk chair.
I think we all have different levels of comfort when it comes to how tidy we like our spaces to be. I’ve learned that having a tidy home is key to feeling calm throughout my day. I also enjoy having pretty dishes on shelves and books on the coffee table. This tendency away from minimalism means that if my space isn’t tidy, and if everything doesn’t have its place, it can go from cozy to cluttered pretty quick.
The number one thing that I’ve found that helps all of this? Having less stuff. It seems like a no-brainer, but it took me a while to catch on. I’ve been reading this book (along with everyone else) and it’s been a game changer. It’s easy to forget day-to-day, but if there’s something in your home that doesn’t leave you feeling joyful, then maybe it shouldn’t be there. Plus, I know that my mind is so much calmer when I can hang out in a tidy living room. But that’s me! I know lots of people who aren’t the least bit fussed by a few piles around.
So I’m curious to hear, how tidy do you like to keep your home? Is it something you want to change? Or are you happy with how your space is now?
Over the holidays, I spent a lot of time hunting around for inspiration and stumbled upon a few home tours that really caught my eye. These ones are all light, bright, and filled with a perfect mix of that charming vintage feeling, and a modern, clean design.
This home is basically perfection in my mind. The distressed floors, old world mouldings, white walls, and the amazing fireplaces get mixed with mid century furniture and pops of black. The whole home is gorgeous.
There’s a whole lot of beauty in this tiny space, and endless ideas for small space dwellers. There’s a similar colour palette in this space as the other two (can you tell I have a preference these days?:) and in the tiny home it really opens things up and feels lovely and clean.
Do you have any favourite home tours? I often go back to the same ones again and again! I’d love to see yours :)
Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Did you get up to anything fun?
On Saturday, I tried my first spin class and it was SO HARD. I definitely underestimated it before I went! Have you tried it?
To make the transition into Monday a little smoother, I thought we could take a look at some pretty pieces for our homes. Something I really love when it comes to housewares is having well designed basics. In a small home, the less you feel like hiding, the better. Here are some pieces that I thought you might enjoy.
Tea Towel: This is a Kit + Forage piece from my first textile collection. White and blue has been my favourite for a while, and the fabric is soft but absorbent (if I do say so myself :).
Pillow: I love the reserved pattern combined with the tassels. It would look beautiful on a grey couch.
Ikea Pouf: I’ve been trying to get my hands on one of these Ikea poufs for a while now. They’re so popular though, and both of my local Ikeas are sold out! I hope you have better luck tracking one down. This one is pictured in the beautiful living room of My Scandinavian Home.
Happy Mug: This guy would just make you smile. Don’t you wish you had him this morning to greet the week?
And a couple more items that are nice to have around, below.
As the days get cooler, I’ll be trading in my summery ciders for a glass of wine. My mom gifted me a set of wine glasses a couple years ago, and it’s nice drinking wine out of the glass that’s meant for it. Here’s a nice set (I love the stemless ones best).
And who doesn’t love a cheese plate with their wine? I always just hack away at any cheese I buy with a regular knife, but I was at Angela’s one night and she had a cheese knife that made our crackers and cheese feel a whole lot fancier. I like this one.
What home pieces are on your wishlist? Stuff for the kitchen? Textiles? I’d love to hear!
With the launch of Kit + Forage, I’m starting to take on some interior styling projects. This mood board is for a bedroom that just needs a little spruce up. It already has neutral walls and pretty wood floors, so this project is all about taking it to the next level and adding those extra, personalized touches.
We’ll be working with some of the items that are already in the space, but giving them new life. Here’s a little breakdown of the plan: