New Year’s “Home Decor” Resolutions for 2018

Anyone else reeling from the holidays? December and November were a giant cluster-f**k of traveling (somehow we managed two trips up north), working, and frantically finishing class projects. Biting off more than I can chew is what drives me–the season was a success, but I’d be a mess if it didn’t culminate in the much needed three day “holiday” weekend I just experienced. Three days of sleeping in, working on a new online class that I’m stoked for, and spending time with friends and family…and writing out some New Year’s Resolutions.

Our space will never be complete–that is the reality of a thrifter/vintage lover. There will always be a tchotchke to collect or some new rattan piece to buy off of Craigslist and squeeze into our studio…but this year, and speaking of hoarding, I’d like to cut back on buying home decor and shape our space into something a little less cluttered and filled only with pieces we love. Matching our bedding wouldn’t hurt either (hah). So that is the gist of my 2018 interior design/home decor New Year’s Resolution, and I’ve laid out some specifics to elaborate.

1. Buy Cohesive bedding:

via My Domaine

I love mis-matched textiles…really I do. But at the moment, our bed is a little too eclectic. Like, random childhood wool blanket draped over a purple fleece blanket with grandma style floral flannel pillowcases eclectic. I DO have a lovely Anthropologie quilt in storage–but it’s all frills and too much of a pain to clean–and I love me a cozy flannel, but I was a San Diego gal living in San Francisco…below 60 was Antarctica. So it’s time for some cooler sheets (and time to let go of the grandma florals).

2. Downsize:

via The Jungalow

Like I mentioned, I’d like to pare down the clutter around our studio…well, what is mostly my stuff. Max is the minimalist here! I’ve entertained the idea of donating or selling 50 items over the next month. It won’t be an episode of ‘Hoarders’, but it might be painful, so we’ll see how difficult it is for me to part with my odds and ends. Case in point, I don’t really need 100 bird figurines (or do I?). Our new plan is to move back up north again in September (more on that later), so having as little as possible will help, and I have a minute to really get sh*t done.

3. Organize our kitchen:

via The Design Files

Max and I received several handy kitchen gadgets (eg. a pressure cooker and spiralizer!!) for Christmas, but the lack of open shelving in our hamster sized galley kitchen means we’ve relegated that stack of boxes to a corner–which we push aside to get to our stove (it wouldn’t be a real studio if we weren’t stepping over things hazardously). The other empty-ish corner has been taken by our makeshift kitchen stool shelf that we stack things on. So a serious Ikea trip or Craigslist binge is in order so we can find a real one.

4. Frame loose prints:

via Lauren Conrad

This seems like an obvious thing, but those frames ain’t cheap! Particularly when you have a stack of prints under the bed, and the sofa, and in a paper bag hung up on your coat rack…like I do. But paring those down will help, right?

5. Design our building’s balcony:

via Apartment Therapy

This is a small project I would love to take on in a few paychecks time! Our four-plex features a second floor balcony that is currently home to large arachnids that could punch me if I tried to sweep them away. So hopefully Max and I will clear out what (and who) we can and start sprucing up that space.

Happy New Year everyone! New Year’s resolutions?

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