For me, wellness goes beyond what you put in your body and how you stay fit. I try (not always successfully I admit) to bring a sense of joy, beauty, and peace to as many facets of my life as possible, including the spaces where I live and work. But, if you’re like me, sprucing up your home tends to fall to the bottom of your to-do list. It can be expensive, confusing, and sometimes downright overwhelming.
I recently turned to my friend and go-to interior designer Mona Ross Berman for advice on how to upgrade my home without breaking the bank. Retired Lithe Instructor Bianca Pallotta introduced Mona and I, and I immediately fell in love with her work. For the past ten years Mona has brought her fresh approach to a number of design projects from Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia, New York City, and Nantucket. You may have seen her work featured in House Beautiful, Traditional Home, The Wall Street Journal, and Philadelphia Magazine. And she was just named Best Office Designer in this year’s Best of Philly awards. Congrats, Mona and team!
Mona explained that just like the right handbag and shoes can spruce up an outfit, the right home accessories can bring an otherwise tired looking room to life. By introducing a few key accent pieces here and there, freshening up a space is within reach.
Here are some amazing ideas and even a few “secret sources” from Mona:
1. Do you have bare walls? Try adding a mirror or two. They come in a myriad of price points and styles. This one has a fun, but slightly traditional look.
2. Get your favorite pictures off of your phone and on to your shelf! Mona recommends sticking with one type of frame in different styles and putting them in groups around your home. Nightstands, side tables, and mantels are all great spots. I love this one from Kate Spade.
3. Table lamps are not only functional – they warm up a room with added light, make everyday tasks easier, and can even add a punch of color. Here are twin ceramic lamps from Overstock.com! These come in lots of colors though, so choose your favorite and go for it.
4. Oomph sells the most adorable tables in tons of colors. While its bigger pieces can get pricey, these little tables are more affordable and can help you easily add interest to a living room.
5. Window treatments can be such a drag to figure out. The Shade Store takes out a lot of the guess work and has a nice selection of fabrics and ideas. Simple Roman shades like the ones pictured here are classic and never go out of style.
6. A great trick is to find a cool Massimo Vitali-esque photograph from somewhere like Etsy or 20x200, and then have it blown way up like in this image. It’s instant cool. Etsy really is an excellent resource for artwork. You can buy real art made by real people for a fraction of what you would pay elsewhere. It takes some hunting and searching, but whether you like abstract oil paintings or black-and-white photography of sailboats there will be something for you.
7. If you are a lover of all things geometric and glam like me, then adding an area rug with patterns like the ones pictured above can be a great way to bring fun into a room. These two are from a great resource called Shades of Light. The site has what feels like a zillion options, many at reasonable price points.
8. We all end up doing some work from home these days. But where to store all that paper and office-y stuff? Poppin is an amazing site for colorful, yet simple pieces that can really spruce up your work area. I love this yellow file cabinet and these pink desk accessories.
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