The very best compliment anyone can give me regarding my home is by saying it feels calm to them. For me that's a compliment because oftentimes my life is anything but peaceful. So despite the worries I have, and the pressures of home, work and family, creating a peaceful environment is something I crave. The world is a crazzzzzy place and when I walk through my front door I want to leave that craziness behind. Living in a small house with only one closet and no garage can be a challenge so I thought I'd share what works for me.
I thrive on it. One of the things that can make me a bit crazy is having drawers and shelves shoved full of stuff and especially if there is no rhyme or reason to it. That's why I'll do a weekly quick declutter because stuff accumulates fast. I challenge myself to see how much I can get rid of in just a few minutes and it always shocks me.
I love living in a small space and I find white compliments that beautifully. love white walls, sheets, towels and slipcovers. They are all easy to clean and provide a great backdrop to small or large doses of color. Again, walking through the front door and seeing order mixed with white is like tonic to my soul. I don't have a linen closet to store these things away so a cohesive color pallet looks prettier on my open shelves.
The number one thing I learned from the Country Living photo shoot was to bring nature inside. It's so darn easy to clip some branches and place them in a vase and so economical. Any green branches will do and it feeds my gardeners heart when no flowers are in bloom.
You would think that all that white and order would be boring but it isn't! It allows my favorite/cherished items to stand out. Limited space forces me to use and put my best stuff on display. If wall space and storage space were not an issue I would never have created a top to bottom gallery wall in my bedroom.
How to you create a sense of calm in your home? Do tell. xo