New Year, new you?

We love the energy and excitement of a new year. To-do lists are sharpened, resolutions are in full force, everyone is trying to do their best. This year, we’ve noticed an increase is type of atmosphere thanks to the wonderful Netflix series Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, based on the widely popular book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”. In the series, viewers get to follow along as homes (and families) are restored and transformed to happy, organized chaos. Each episode is the perfect mix of practical tidying tips and feel good drama.

With the spirit of Marie Kondo, lets visit some homes we have worked our magic on!

Featured Topic: Lovely Living Rooms, Marie Kondo Style

Let’s look at a sweet collection of livings rooms. Each space we design is centered around the idea of creating a gathering spot and casual encounters where family and friends can come together and enjoy one each others company. The idea that if you build it, they will come, is very Marie Kondo as she believes every object should spark joy, we believe every room should spark joy!

This living room is the perfect mix of pattern, color and layered visual interest. The wall of built-ins helps center the space and gives a really nice backdrop for the entire space. We love how the different textures – shiplap, cabinet doors, and mantle – are subtle yet detailed. 

This tidy corner is the perfect balance of color, scale, and visual interest. The organic textures from the ceramic pot to the rattan blinds provides an earthy, grounded atmosphere that gives the space its serene feel. Doesn’t hurt the art is spectacular too! 

We love the lines of this sectional sofa. It is elegant and refined yet adds so much functional seating to the space. The round coffee table is the perfect accent piece and practically beckons people to come sit and gather around. Coffee tables are the perfect place to highlight objects that give you joy. By placing them front and center, and within arms reach, you invite the objects to be part of your everyday life. 

Serving as the second seating area in the same living room as the sectional photo we just saw, this balanced, well composed arrangement seems like the perfect spot to gather and enjoy. Symmetry is an easy design tool that creates a sense of comfort and serenity because it is easy for our brains to understand.

Featured Event: Antique & Garden Show

It is almost time for one of the best events of the year! The Antique & Garden show is full of inspired displays, great vendors, and is always a pleasure to attend. This year, the focus of the show is A Passion for Home, and couldn’t be more fitting!

When: February 1-3, 2019
Time: Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
General Admission Tickets:
$20 before midnight Jan. 27, 2019 (CST)
$25 beginning Jan. 28, 2019
Seniors (65 or older), Active Military & Students:
$15 at the door or in advance.
Children 12 and under are free.

For more info click here!

Taking Marie Kondo a step further (and darker) is another tidying trend of the moment “dostadning” . Translated from Swedish, it roughly means death cleaning. The idea is that people can live simpler, cleaner, less messy lives in the present if they imagine what would happen when they die and who would take care of cleaning up after their messy, unorganized life. The idea is dark but unlike Marie Kondo, is a bit more concrete. If you can’t feel joy from objects, can you imagine your loved ones sorting through your mixed-matched sock collection in 30, 40, 50 years or whenever you pass, and thinking you were a hoarder. One tip if dostadning is too dark for you – imagine death in a less literal sense. Replace the word death with moving (Swedish moving cleaning) or In- Law (Swedish In-Law cleaning.)

Still not convinced? Checkout Margareta Magnusson’s “The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Make Your Loved Ones’ Lives Easier and Your On Life More Pleasant