Create a stylish impression by leaving some reading items such as Architectural Digest and travel magazines lounging on the center table. Books about musicians or history are also good to have around.
Naturally, if you are love traveling, your house will be decked with mementos brought home from the foreign places you have visited. If you picture your home being filmed for a TV program or a featured on a magazine, you would fancy showing a hint of your personal statement, and exhibit glimpses of your elegant taste. Your home may reveal your interests,hobbies, wide range of culture (books are a lot more than ornaments) and fashion sense.
Most importantly, your decor should display an eye for color. Aim to make your home as exceptional as your personality, functional and stylish enough for a magazine, yet as cozy as a much loved pair of slippers.
Show that you have excellent taste, good feng shui, and pleasant house-warming soirees. Select a motif or a theme and apply it throughout the house; this does not have to be rigid, but should reveal your personality. Allow the personality of the house to also have an expression in the decor. Mix old with present, antiques with junk, but over all keep it innovative.
Ideally decorate before you move in, if not, at least decide on the specifics before you encounter the moving-day stress. Figure out what will be the feature of the room, and work around it. Mirrors make a room look bigger, dark colors on the ceiling make the room look smaller.
Decorate with picture frames and determine where the TV, the lazy boy and the bed go, and set up the rest around these.
Add antique clock if you can afford it; the tick-tock resembles a heart beat, and, once you get used to it, it will stop annoying you and it will make your home feel restful. If not, bring in a piano, or an instrument, but be considerate to your neighbors.
Moving home is the time to be rigid and also have a sentimental spring clean. Eliminate old clutter. But never forget that you are not a robot, nor should you reside in a aseptic environment. A squishy chair you can curl up on is indispensable. Your home should be inviting, but not too inviting: people who won't leave can be draining on a host or hostess. The balance you are going for is: 10 per cent mood; 10 per cent personality; 20 per cent comfort and 50 per cent flair.
Make your place clean, yet comfortable; you can admire display homes, but you must not live in such a place. The key is having a home that is livable.
© Athena Goodlight