Creating a Fall Retreat for your Home

DARE TO DREAM

Do you dream of having that perfect space to escape to within your home? Are you exhausted and wanting to hide somewhere for 20 minutes (or longer!) and chill?

It doesn’t have to take a huge amount of time to create a little cozy nook for just that – to relax and unwind after a hectic day or week. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

CHOOSING YOUR SPACE

Look at your space and locate a corner in a room to create your retreat oasis in. Try and establish it near a window to allow the natural light in, and if you can, a window with a view.

Take a moment to look outside and enjoy the natural light, trees, water, beautiful sky – this is all good for the soul!

Choose a soft – comfy cozy chair, a small table or ottoman (to place a warm cup of tea on) and a plush pillow or two. Lastly treat yourself to a lovely warm, wool throw. Red Scarf Equestrian has a beautiful selection! 100% wool and affordable.

A FEW OF YOUR FAVOURITE THINGS

Find a few of your favourite things, like photos, books, perhaps an item you brought back from a recent trip – things that make you feel good and make you happy – and place them in the space.

I have a corner in my living room where I enjoy for 15 – 30 minutes on occasion to just relax and unwind. My blue chair, a faux pillow, a wool throw, a cup of tea and a nice outside view where I can just peer out, watch the trees and enjoying the calm and stillness.

GIVE THANKS

Lastly, use this new retreat space to spend time being grateful. I have chosen the month of October to remind myself of all the things I have to be grateful for. In this fast-paced world we live in – it’s almost essential to take some quiet, reflective time for yourself.

 

What better time to create this cozy retreat oasis in your home – a space to be reflective and grateful, than this Thanksgiving season?

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What are you waiting for? Create your corner oasis and send me some pictures! I would love to see what you’ve created! Do this for yourself – you will be happy you did.

Decorating Ideas For Your Rental Space!

Are you renting an apartment or condo? Looking to make it your oasis to come home to but need a little decor guidance? Here I offer you some decor tips for your rental spaces that won’t cost you a fortune in the process.

First: Be sure to check your rental or lease agreement to know the boundaries around decorating, painting, wallpaper etc.

VERSATILE FURNITURE PIECES

Choose versatile furniture pieces that you love and that can move with you – being creative where you place them in your space. Remember not all things need to be against the wall or a-lined. It’s your space, do what you like 🙂

Let’s look at your kitchen hardware. Something as simple as changing the door handles to something you like – perhaps more modern – will generally change the look and feel of the room.

Remember to keep the old ones in a ziplock bag and store in a kitchen drawer for when/if you decide to move.

SHELVING

With very limited storage in a smaller space, you always have to be creative. I always suggest purchasing high vertical shelves. I recommend 5-6 tier shelves so the top shelves you can place those items you only use a couple of times a month or year. You can also add a small fold-up step stool at the side of it so you can easily grab something off the units. Use your lower shelves for photos, a few collectibles, hard cover books etc.

Be mindful though to not clutter up the area.

Picture compliments of Ikea

BATHROOM + POWDER ROOM

For your bathroom or powder room – consider wallpaper! It not only adds a special element to the room – it’s also fun! (Remember, you may have to strip it off when you move but if it’s only a small room, it won’t take you too long.) You typically live in the space for more than a year, so have some fun with the decorating while you’re there. Large flower patterns and geometric patterns are trending this Fall 2018.

Picture compliments of Apartment Therapy

Most spaces have parquet flooring or hardwood these days so here’s a good opportunity to buy some fun, thick (for winter months) throw rugs for your space. You can even add a throw rug in your kitchen area. Throw rugs always add an element of warmth to your space.

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CHECK OUT THOSE WINDOW COVERINGS

Okay now open your eyes and check out those ugly vertical blinds that seem to be placed on every window! Ick! I believe you have two options here. Either take them down, wrap them with green painters tape and store them under a couch or bed, or in a closet or you can watch for long curtains to go on sale – usually near seasons end you can get them for 50-75% off! Adding this touch will really make your space feel like your home.

Image compliments of Sarah Moore

The last thing I want to mention is this – the lighting always sucks in rental units, am I right? Invest in some tall or mid-sized floor lamps and place them in various locations throughout your space. This will make a huge impact on the feel of your rooms. And don’t forget your kitchen. There’s nothing wrong with putting little lights in there, especially under the cupboards.

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It really comes down to what you can and cannot do based on your rental agreement. But even if there are limitations – that doesn’t mean you can’t make your space a place you enjoy coming home to.

If you are really stuck on design and decor ideas and just need some quick advice, feel free to send us a photo of your space with a note and we’d love to help get you started. This is our gift to you for reading our blog!

Looking forward to seeing some of your pictures. You can send them to kathy@kathyrusselldesign.ca. Please add your email and phone number and we will get back to you within 48 hours with some complimentary helpful ideas.