After six years of living in small New York City apartments, I've learned that decorating in soft, neutral tones lends a light, airy quality to even the smallest of spaces. Sticking to a light color palette helps home feel calm and tranquil despite the sometimes manic pace of city life.
When choosing things to bring into my home, I gravitate towards pieces made of natural materials like wool, wood, copper, leather, linen, marble, cotton, and clay. Filling my home with organic materials not only helps me feel more comfortable and grounded, but I've found that a linen pillow or a straw basket weather time and trends better than their synthetic counterparts.
Here I've collected some items for the home that I've been lusting after: A ceramic lamp with a pretty linen shade, a seagrass basket to collect odds and ends or hold a potted plant, and a pink marble tray that is the perfect setting for a very stylish cheeseboard. Norden's candles have amazing, woodsy scents (Ojai is my favorite) and come in ceramic cups that can be reused as a vase, pencil cup, or coffee mug once the candle has burned down. An assortment of linen and velvet pillow covers in soft colors from my home design secret weapon--H&M--are an easy and inexpensive way to give new life to your sofa. A copper frame is perfect for displaying a fond vacation memory and this beautiful black & white peace print is an inspiring reminder to spread love and kindness (plus all proceeds benefit the ACLU!) And, if you’re a design-conscious audiophile who just got a big raise, Shinola's gorgeous new turntable is reason enough to have your friends over to listen to records and marvel at its beauty.
With spring right around the corner, there's nothing better than a little decor update to inspire a weekend cleaning kick. And with all that dusting and scrubbing and cleaning out of closets in your future, I think you deserve a little something nice.
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