At Debowsky Design Group, we are big fans of change – and sometimes drastic changes at that. But if you’re not quite ready to add an entire wall of windows to the back of your house or turn your kitchen into a chef’s ultimate dream, we’ve got some other ideas for you. Here are a few simple and budget-friendly décor decisions you can make today to freshen up your space and hold you over until you’re ready to break ground on something BIG.
Even in South Florida, where the temps never reach anything close to freezing, we tend to layer ourselves up with an abundance of decorative accessories. We add a mountain of sofa pillows, cozy throws, and any cool poster we may have found at Beaux Arts this year. Our advice? Trim. Trim. Trim.
For at least a few weeks, live with edited shelves, bare tabletops, and decluttered corners. Once your design palate is cleansed, you’ll be able to visualize your next décor endeavor.
Don’t get too excited. We’re not encouraging an unlimited champagne-fueled shopping spree, although that sounds like a ton of good fun. Splurge…on one key item. Much like buying yourself that killer watch or (dare we say it?) car you’ve been eyeing, this update has the potential to change your home’s personality.
Note: This tip works best when you think outside your usual aesthetic. If you’re modern, throw in a Nakashima-inspired side table. If you lean toward a more formal look, try a Lucite chair or a Tibetan footstool. Casual? How about a bronze bar cart?
If you think we’re advocating transforming your home into a smart space, we are. We love Amazon’s Alexa for the brilliant background music and online ordering made easy, and we’re also in favor of any device that lets us control our lighting, thermostat, and even our crock pot from our smart phone. Get smarter wherever you can.
But what about the state of your artwork? Does it still thrill you whenever you catch sight of it? If not, change it out. We’re into oversized photography and one-of-a-kind finds.
At Debowsky Design Group, we feel strongly about devoting a table or shelf to tell your family’s story. Whatever it is you’re into, announce it to all who enter your home – but, subtly.
One of our clients has children who swim competitively, so we styled her fireplace with a Gray Malin aerial photograph and some vintage diving trophies. Another client is an avid stargazer, so his mantel holds a small collection of brass spyglass telescopes. “What are those?” his guests inevitably ask, which is always a welcome conversation starter.
Above all else, we encourage you to rethink the way you’ve been doing things in 2017. Change is good for the soul.
If you’d like our help changing things up in your home (and soul), reach out to us.
6 years Ago