Jessica Lagrange Interiors LLC

5 New Year’s Resolutions For Our Homes—And Yours

A new year, new start, a new you!  When a new year rolls around, most of us are so busy thinking about all the ways to improve ourselves that we forget about our homes—a very important place given all the time we spend in it. As luxury interior designers, there are so many things we wish we could do in our own homes, from trading up on key pieces to taking more risks.  So here are five resolutions we have for our homes this year that can work in your homes too.  

A new year, new start, a new you!  When a new year rolls around, most of us are so busy thinking about all the ways to improve ourselves that we forget about our homes—a very important place given all the time we spend in it. As luxury interior designers, there are so many things we wish we could do in our own homes, from trading up on key pieces to taking more risks.  So here are five resolutions we have for our homes this year that can work in your homes too.  

DeGournay’s hand painted wallpapers make a transformative change in any space, and are so worth the splurge. (Images: deGournay.com)

1. Hold out for the real thing:  Have you ever bought a dress or bag that’s similar to what you want, but much less expensive because you didn’t want to spring for the real thing?  We’ve learned the hard way—save up and get exactly what you want, especially when it comes to investment pieces. More often than not, it will last a lifetime or beyond. Someday your children will cherish it (unless it’s a fabulous wall covering like a hand painted wallpaper from de Gournay—so worth the splurge, but there are some things you can’t take with you!).   

Sumptuous new linens can give you a new lease on life, at least once the sun goes down. (Image: Sferra.com)

2. Notch it up on the little things in life:  There’s a lot to be said for having those mind-blowing, statement-making investment pieces, but trading up for more luxurious versions of the little things in your home can be just as satisfying. Splurge on opulent linens for your table or bed; upgrade your glassware; pop for pillows in a spectacular fabric; or buy a lamp or fixture with the ornamental wattage of a fine piece of jewelry.

Take a risk and try a pop of bright paint inside bookshelves or on a ceiling. (Image: dulux.com)

3. Take a design risk: Pink sofas seemed to reign supreme this year, which were most definitely a design risk. But given the cost of a top-quality sofa, it might be better to start with paint—the quickest, easiest and most effective way to add decorative oomph to a space.  But go for a bold, bright hue that can add drama to a space, or perhaps give it a playful decorative kick, and get creative about where you use it. For instance, you can paint moldings, one or a few walls, the inside of bookshelves or the ceiling, which can be such a game-changer that we devoted a whole blog to what many call “the fifth wall” earlier this year.  

Fresh flowers can make you happier, calmer and more productive, which is why it can pay to make sure you always have them in your home. (Image: Gardenista)

4.  Invoke flower power:  Bring fresh flowers home every week. Why? Long before there was research to prove him right, famed American botanist Luther Burbank (who developed over 800 plant varieties in the late 18th and early 19th centuries) noted “flowers always make people better, happier and…are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”  Today we know he was right; studies from Harvard Medical School, Rutgers University, Texas A&M University and the National Center for Biotechnology Information found people who have house plants and fresh cut flowers in their home are happier, less stressed and more relaxed and productive. On second thought, fresh flowers are ideal for seasonal variety, but flowering houseplants may be the optimal solution for busy lifestyles.

Take a cue from the tiny but perfectly tailored home office in designer Thomas O’Brien’s Manhattan studio. (Image:  Elle Décor)

5. Tackle your weakest link:  Are you tired of your dining room drapes, the ugly hardware on your cabinets or having a really inefficient home office? Or are you itching to reorganize your closet with a top-notch system?  Make this the year you finally do something you’ve been putting off for years.

(Image: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Of course, it’s easy to make resolutions but far harder to actually follow through.  A full 40 percent of American’s make New Year’s resolutions, noted the Washington Post last January, but 80 percent break them by the second week of February, says U.S. News. But we still have high hopes for our suggestions because the great majority of New Year’s Resolutions are focused on losing weight and improving our health, a FiveThirtyEight poll notes. That takes time and can be a long haul. Instead, go for instant gratification, focus on your home and just do it, to take a page from Nike’s playbook.

27 Dec 2018

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