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Cabin Fever

Happy New Years dear reader! With 2020 coming to a close, and a new round of lockdowns starting, you may be finding yourself with a strong case of cabin fever. The only prescription (no it’s not more cowbell) is to get out of your house.
I would recommend visiting a cabin or cottage if you can. Getting away from the city life can be a breath of fresh air. Maybe while you’re at your cabin, take some time to re-decorate. Cabin decorations should be soothing as they’re in a vacation home. Whether you would prefer lots of wood and neutral colours or a more modern take on cottage life, decor can really change your mood. For me, re-decorating and changing my space can lift my mood wonders. Even small changes like moving furniture around can alter the feel and look of a space dramatically.
With a new year beginning, remember to take some time for yourself (your pile of paperwork can wait another day, its already been on your desk for a week anyways Susan). I hope your holidays were healthy and happy, and your 2021 is a little brighter.

Art in the Kitchen

If you’re looking to refresh your kitchen, how about adding some artwork on the wall? Like so many others that have started projects during quarantine, maybe you’re finally tackling that kitchen re-do you’ve been putting off for years (come on Susan, it’s been six years).

One Big Piece

If you’re having trouble finding the perfect piece for that one weird wall in your kitchen, how about adding a neutral botanical? I find people like to keep the artwork in their kitchens a little less showy to put more of an emphasis on the food and appliances.

Gallery Walls in the Kitchen/Dining room

Many people now have a dining area branching off of their kitchens. These wall tend to be neglected and boring. How about adding a bold gallery wall to get dinner conversations flowing? You can keep the imagery simple and neutral (think nature or shapes) if you want to keep your dining are a little more understated.

What Does Your Wall Colour Mean?

It’s been proven that certain wall colours in your space can change your mood. Yes….this does sound like something someone would say to you while clutching crystals and telling you about their latest tarot card reading., but colours do genuinely have an effect on our mood. We tend to associate certain colours with feelings, like yellow with the sun.

Blue

Take blue for instance, what is the first thing you think of when someone says blue? Probably the ocean or sky. Blue is a great easy colour to work with since most people find blue calming. It’s also reasonably easy to decorate, add a white couch and some simple furnishings and your blue room is set to keep you calm and cool the whole year round.

“A certain blue enters your soul” -Henri Matisse

Brown

Brown wall colours have come very much back into vogue. Browns tend to be associated with the earth and nature. Brown is a colour that is neutral and simple to furnish. Keeping your rooms in a neutral colour palette keeps your space simple and warm.

White

White walls tend to be a bit polarizing. Some people find the light paint stark and harsh while many others say that it is sophisticated and bright. This can also be dependant on the kind of white paint you choose, whether you go for a cooler or warmer white. If you’re interested in a more modern and posh white, go cooler. A warmer white like eggshell tends to fall more into the classical styles such as shabby chic.
With modern pigments, the possibilities are endless, feel free to go for a bright cheery yellow, or maybe a dramatic pop of black. All I ask is that you stay far away from the colour you get when you mix yellow and black. Seriously the worst options out there.

 

What is Your Style?

Boho

Are you inexplicably drawn to rattan? Are earth tones slowly taking over your space? You’re space is probably in the bohemian style. Fear not, boho does not have to look like aunt Susan’s hippie apartment in the 70s. With earth tones very much in vogue, there are plenty of decor options for you. I would recommend keeping the artwork for the space minimal and in the same colour family. Add accents of campus grass or hanging textiles to finish off any wall.

Minimalist

If you prefer less fuss and like to keep things more sleek and modern, you’re probably drawn to minimalism. It’s fine if you threw out grandma’s souvenirs from her trip to New York, because honestly, you like your desk clean. Minimalism is synonymous with clean lines, bold accented colours and monochromatic decor. For decor, use modern furnishing and keep the artwork bold to bring an otherwise simple space to life.

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” —Leonardo da Vinci

Traditionalist

Did you think the first two options sounded a little pretentious? Does your house look more like a family home and less like a magazine? Are there dishes in your sink from two days ago (this is me telling you to please wash them)? You lean more to the traditionalist aesthetic. Keeping your furniture classic so it won’t go out of style anytime soon is a great choice. Use neutral colours that don’t offend the eyes and imagery that is easy to understand. I recommend the artwork for the space to be photography or botanicals that you won’t get tired of the longer you stare at it. I would also recommend using colours that are soothing and universally enjoyed such as blues, greys, browns and whites.

 

 

Hygge

Let's get cozy

So, you may be thinking to yourself, what is hygge. More importantly, how is it pronounced...yes I also had to google it. It's pronounced "hue-guh", and it's a Scandinavian word. Simply put, it means cozy and content, which is what everyone is looking for this autumn. 
“Hygge is about having less, enjoying more; the pleasure of simply being.
It is generous and celebratory, a way to remember the importance of the simple act of living itself.”


― Louisa Thomsen Brits, The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Living Well

 

Enjoy the Season

So while the weather is cooling off and days are getting shorter, make sure to take time for yourself. We recommend choosing a comfortable blanket, grabbing your favourite hot drink (tea and coffee lovers can fight over the superior drink) and snuggle into bed.