I’m excited about the fresh start the new year brings – even if it’s a symbolic one. It’s been nearly a year now that we’ve been staying at home and our home has become our everyplace. If, like me, you feel the need to refresh your space and infuse it with a different energy, one that feels light, happy a tranquil, keep reading for a few simple ideas and tips and to check out some pretty pieces from the new Target home collections.
Our Floating Acrylic Prints add see-through modern styling to your favorite artist’s design. The minimalist aluminum stand-off hangers let the artwork shine while adding depth to your print. Available in six different sizes to fit any wall or space.
Coming home looks a little different for me these days. When I get home, the very first thing I do is take off my mask, put my stuff down, and go wash my hands. It’s important to think about the function you want a space to have, but also about how a space can evolve and adapt along with us as we go through changes and have different needs. Even though your old entryway probably didn’t have a mask storage spot, chances are your 2021 entryway will need one. So, if you need a place to store your mask, purse, keys, and anything else you typically carry into the house these days BUT you don’t want to give up precious space in what might already feel like a crowded home, consider something like this console. It is great because of its small profile, and added storage.
Also, a little tip about color… if you are ready to switch up the color story in your entryway but aren’t sure what your new color palette is just yet, try using black and white as a base and then layer in more color through art, plants, and warm woods. It keeps a space looking graphic and chic, and the added warmer tones ensure the space doesn’t feel stark. Plus, you can always change the accent colors as the year goes on, but as long as you have some staple black and white pieces (like the black wall hooks, console, and the graphic black and white rug) the space will always look pulled together.
Cozy up with our unbelievably soft throw blankets. Crafted with sherpa fleece, these blankets actually get softer the more times you wash them. Coordinate with throw pillows and rectangular pillows for whatever nook needs a little extra dose of comfy. Available in three sizes.
Living Room Refresh
Whenever I want to refresh a living room, I like to start with a deep cleaning of the space because any high-traffic area of the house will always have some forgotten corners where stuff piles up. Clearing out those rarely reached places will really help to switch up the energy if your home is feeling a bit stale. Once you’ve got all those nooks and crannies cleaned out, it’s energizing to have a fresh palette to work with. Another way to cleanse the space is to freshen it up with plants. There’s nothing that enlivens and activates a space quite like plants. Here, I’ve mixed some faux plants with real ones (can you tell which ones are real? A couple of them even fooled me at first!).
Add throw pillows to whatever room needs an extra dose of comfy. Individually cut and sewn by hand, each pillow features a double-sided print and is finished with a concealed zipper and faux down insert. Keeping an assortment of throw pillow designs on hand is the easiest way to give any space an instant refresh. Available in four sizes.
You can also try moving the furniture around a bit. One thing that we’ve noticed in my house during these times is that we need more open space since every room has to be multi-functional. Replacing a heavy coffee table with small side tables (I love the rustic look of the little wooden side table) or large club chairs with light-weight chairs (like the rattan Opalhouse one pictured above) makes it easy to turn the living room into a yoga studio or a gym in flash. Lastly, switching out textiles — adding new pillows, window treatments, changing out rugs, or even just moving them around or layering them, can do wonders to change up the accent colors of the room and transform the vibe — small investment, major impact!
Express your style all over your home with a feature-worthy rug. They’re made from a woven, polyester chenille for a soft and textured look. Plus, choosing from our wide array of designs, you’re sure to find just the rug to match your decor. Rugs are one of the best, attention-grabbing pieces to design a room around. Use the colors within the rug to help choose art prints, furniture fabric and accent pillows.
Home Office Refresh
I don’t know how long we’ll be working from home, but it might be time to upgrade makeshift WFH setups into proper home offices, where one can focus and feel inspired. Here, I’ve pulled together two home office setups that can be achieved in small spaces. First, I like to use rugs to delineate the office “zone.” That way, even if your office is in the dining room or the bedroom, the rug creates a visual boundary that marks the area. Utilizing wall space for storage can also help define the “work zone.” Floating shelves provide added surface area, a place to keep those new plastic officemates, and visually signal to our brains that we are entering a workspace when we see our supplies (pens, pencils, notebooks, calendars, etc.) on display. Soothing wall color can also do wonders for focus! It’s another way to define your workspace from the rest of the house.
From sideshow to show-stopper, our side tables will be a stunning modern accent to your space. Selecting from our wide array of artist’s designs printed with a satin finish on birch wood, you’ll take any room from zero to a hundred. Available in a square or round table top, and black or gold leg colors.
And office spaces don’t need to feel “official” or clinical – especially not when they’re in your home. They can be fun and cozy and reflect your personality! Take advantage of the fact that at home there are no rules for how to keep your desk. For this office, we played with pink and gold accents and went bold with the wall art (I couldn’t help myself because I’ve got a thing for the Opalhouse peacock and cockatoo paintings). And your home office certainly doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. This whole office setup can be put together for around $400.
Our floor cushions are the super comfy and style-forward option for outdoor seating. They’re UV coated to protect against fading and water resistant so you can avoid scrambling to bring them inside whenever there’s a touch of weather. Grab a few to have on hand whenever seating is hard to come by or for a fun option for kids to use out in the yard.
For me, switching things up at home is part therapy and part art project. I feel so reinvigorated when I make my space a little bit cleaner or prettier, or take the time to add fresh flowers or plants, paint or switch out my pillows or window treatments. It’s really amazing what a big impact these small changes can make. And in times like these, when we are spending so much time at home, it really can bring a bit of joy and peace into our lives. Here’s to hoping that’s what 2021 will be all about.
Our floor pillows are the perfect pick for seating in a pinch. They’re overstuffed and firm to never lose their shape and the high-quality print makes sure the design stays crisp and colorful. Available in round or square, with two size options.
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