Yay! The Friday Fix is back!
Those of you who have been with me from the start of my blogging journey may remember when I used to do a series called the Friday Fix. It started out as a way to share ideas to reward yourself at the end of a long week. After several months of showcasing different recipes - mostly alcoholic I should add - I quietly phased out the feature.
However, as J'adore le Décor has evolved, I've discovered a new way of re-incorporating it. Of course I will still share beautifully crafted cocktails from time to time. But I'm expanding the series to include shopping finds, and other decor "fixes" and upgrades for your home. Today we'll discover ways to fix lackluster interior spaces.
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Have you ever stepped inside a room filled with beautiful and expensive items, only to be disappointed by how flat, uneventful...dare I say... generic it felt? WHAT causes that? The answer in a nutshell is a lack of character or personality.
A personality, is the combination of qualities that form an individual's distinctive character. And what is a quality? It is a facet; one side of something that has many-sides. Simply put, a diamond without facets is just a rock, and a room without personality is well...just a box of stuff. So for this re-introduction to the Friday Fix series, I've located 5 items that are sure to add personality to any dull space.
1. Add a Bar Cart
These babies are not only stylish, but they are the ultimate workhorses. What's great about bar carts is that they can be used for anything. Just style it according to your interests. Imagine using one as a homework, painting or baking station. If like me, you don't have a distinct foyer, why not add beautiful baskets to the open bar cart shelves and use them as a place to drop shoes, hats and gloves? I bet you've never seen a "mudroom" that chic right?
2. Look for a Statement Rug
Whether your personality is boisterous or quiet, there's a rug somewhere that reflects it. Target's new line of affordable home furnishings called Project 62 is bursting at the seams with expensive looking rug options. Many of them have very low piling, which makes them easy to clean.
3. Add Unique Artwork
Say au revoir to mass produced wall art that you'll see a thousand times in every home and office. Thanks to sites like Etsy, unique and even whimsical art work is available to fit every price range and personality imaginable. For example, the print below, which is designed for a child's nursery, starts at $18 and can be purchased and printed by you from the comfort of your own home.
4. Infuse Unique Finds
Do you have an assortment of hats, vintage tea cups or objects from your travels abroad? By all means display them! The key is to not overdo it. Clutter is never cute. But three or more of any one item is considered a collection. In my opinion, displaying 3-5 pieces at a time is a good place to start. If you have a larger collection, you can always keep a few pieces stored and rotate the objects for a fresh look.
5. Incorporate Something Nostalgic
Is there a craft project that you're proud to have made? Frame-worthy artwork from your children? A quilt made by someone you love? Perhaps there is an instrument that you enjoyed at one time but don't really play anymore? Look for ways to incorporate it into your decor. These too, are facets of you! I have a black and white photo of my grandmother placed in a gold frame. It's a quintessential 40's glam photo. So beautiful. Graceful. As a young girl I would always stare at it on the mantel of her home. Now that she's gone, a smaller version of it sits on my piano. Little touches like these humanize your space.
And there is, this Friday's Fix! I hope you enjoyed reading this. Now it's your turn. I'm dying to know:
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Welcome to "my place". I'm Ola, a self-confessed décor addict and DIY think-tank. I love working with small spaces. Please make yourself comfortable, and let's get to know one another better.
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