200 Ways to Begin the Journey to a Calm & Happy Home

I was once drowning in clutter. No matter how much I tidied up, scrubbing floors, wiping down light fixtures and windows, vacuuming, and cleaning baseboards I felt like my home was never really truly clean. I finally figured out that it didn’t have anything to do with dust, but everything to do with the amount of useless things I’d accumulated.

I’m a firm believer that being home should feel like a getaway. A place where you can relax and leave the stresses of the day outside the front door. To achieve this, we have to make certain lifestyle changes. Kickstart your journey to wellness at home with these nifty ideas.

To learn to love housekeeping…

To pare down your stuff…

To learn a few shortcuts…

To wrangle in your mess…

To stay on top of things…

To give yourself a break sometimes…

Source: Apartment Therapy

Target Launches Project 62 and It is Amazingtastic

***this post contains affiliate links which means I will receive a small compensation when you purchase any of the awesomeness contained in this post from Target.

I’ve recently been obsessed with mid century modern furniture and home decor. To be honest, while I still love the whole Scandinavian minimalist style, I’m finding more and more that when you have kids and pets, you can’t have nice things. Okay, you can have nice things so long as they are functional, hard to break, and easy to clean. I find myself constantly replacing a lot of damaged or dingy things around the house. No bueno. That’s why I’m completely over the moon for this new home decor line from Target. Project 62 is the perfect marriage of form, function, and affordability. Seriously, this line speaks for itself. Check out the pics below and enjoy free shipping on purchases of $35 or more!

3D Interior Design: There’s an App for That

Whether you’re moving into a new place, or you’re just ready for a re-imagining of you’re existing space, visualizing how that Ikea sectional will look against that wall over there can be tough. You’re faced with a lot of choices: paint color, furniture, accent pieces, the list goes on. Ever wonder what it would be like to style a home, a la Joanna Gaines, using that nifty computer program you see on Fixer Upper? I know I do! With the use of virtual technology becoming more mainstream (you can buy your own VR goggles at Walmart or Target for less than $20), shouldn’t it be possible to step into the room of your dreams using just an app?

Fortunately the fine ladies and gentlemen over at Houzz have launched an app that does just that. It makes your interior design process feel almost like playing a video game. The View in My Room 3D app is now available for iphone/ipad platform, and allows users to preview how more than 300,000 pieces of furniture and decorating products will look in their particular space. The app is fully integrated with Houzz, so you can save items to your idea book, and even shop for products by clicking on them. How exciting is that?! Check out the video below!

Another option for android and iphone users alike is the Planner 5D  Planner VR app. The app allows you to enter the dimensions of your space to create a floor plan, and then choose furniture from a database of linked catalogs (such as Ikea), and virtually move the furniture around to preview how it will look. Um…awesome. If you don’t want to commit to downloading the app, you can even try it out from your web browser. Check out the video!

Colorful New England Farmhouse

While it’s true that I’m totally in love with Scandinavian interior design, I still have a soft spot in my heart for farmhouse style. I have an even softer spot in my heart for farmhouses that aren’t afraid of going bold with colors. So when I saw this amazing farmhouse featured in House Beautiful, I went absolutely gaga. Feast your eyes on this!

Here’s the skinny on the paint colors used in this beautiful home:

Paint Colors
Kitchen cabinets – Stratton Blue by Benjamin Moore
Kitchen walls – Green Ground by Farrow & Ball
Kitchen floor in Carriage Green by Farrow & Ball
Dining room cabinets – Minster Green by Farrow & Ball
Bathroom floor – Tidewater by Sherwin-Williams

Source: House Beautiful

Texture and Pattern: Interior Design Inspiration

There’s an ongoing debate between me and my sisters over my love of minimalist interior deign. They really think minimalist designs are generally cold and sterile, lacking color and warmth. I tend to think that lots of colors and lots of furniture tend to weigh a home down. To me, neutral colors allow you to play around more with texture and pattern and allow a more visually interesting opportunity to incorporate pops of color. Anyway, the debate rages on. I was swooning over what I thought was a compromise between our styles, but it didn’t go over too well. Instead, I want you guys to look at these pics from SquareFoot Interior Design and join me in coveting their amazing blend of texture and pattern in a beautiful loft space. You’re totally gonna be on my side when you see these pics!

I absolutely love this space. Simple, sleek, and cozy all at once. Admittedly, it doesn’t boast those pops of color (totally trending in interior design this year), but it’s just perfect in terms of that hygge style interior we’ve all been craving.

If you love the look of this space, but you’re like my sisters ad crave a little bit more color, check out this post for affordable, yet trendy, home decor items that aren’t shy about hues!