There are so many cliches that are totally appropriate right now. Like ‘How did we land in January already?’ ‘Where has the time gone?’ ‘I can't believe it’s 2024! And with the swift passing of time of course, come the latest trends, the hows and shoulds and the ‘get with the latest programmes’ about looking, living and being. Shoulda, woulda, coulda….that’s what I say!
I can barely wake up in the morning having gone through the stresses of Christmas, landing like an alien in the strange terrain of 2024, rubbing my eyes and thinking ‘I’m flippin great to simply get my home back in some sort of shape again’. It takes the removal of the tree to fully awaken me.
And then, like a phoenix rising from the ashes I feel liberated. When the decorations come down and I can see my home with fresh eyes I feel a sense of absolute freedom. I suddenly ‘know’ what to cull, and what to keep. I think we all have this innate knowledge, but we often ignore the call to cull and we end up just doing a whole lot of the keeping thing. Try to grab that feeling if it hovers around a bit, and go with it. It makes for a great foundation for your spring clean.
The spring clean is not only good for the look of the home, it is mirrored in your head space. I am one of the rare breed that love January. The newness, the possibility, the not knowing what's in store and the hope of good things to come. I think the main reason I love it is that feeling of, out with the old, and not necessarily in with the new, but the allowing of space for a time. Again the outward reflection of what you can allow in the literal interior of your life.
Your home styling will benefit from allowing space for a while. It allows you to see things in a new way. When we are living in a space it’s often a case of ‘we can’t see the wood for the trees’. Sitting with ideas, surrounded with less clutter will allow you to visualise with more clarity.
Go with your gut, it rarely gets it wrong. But when it comes to styling your home, being unsure can be a costly affair. If you are not sure what your gut is saying then maybe it's time to learn a little about your own style. Start to find a thread of what you like in some of your favourite buildings. Restaurants and cafes are a good place to get the feel. Maybe there is a particular era of design that you are drawn to but as yet you haven’t identified this thread that runs through the places you like and feel comfortable in.
Home is comfort. This is a good marker for styling. What types of styling make you feel comfortable. That feeling of ‘ah, I could totally live here’. It most likely isn’t the latest trend, set by a corporation for this season, it is more likely to be textures, shapes and smells that bring a feeling of calm and comfort to you. That feeling is in fact your gut saying ‘Hello’ this is the authentic you. Trust that.
For now, that is my January advice. We are always excited to see how our customers have transformed their spaces with their Distrikt finds, so remember to take some snaps and send by email or through messenger in Instagram. We love to inspire our followers with your creative ideas so let us know if you would rather not have your picture on our stories. (We cannot post them all as we receive so many). If you would like to subscribe to our mailing list, I have made a little 'before and after' styling video for reimagining 'tired' furniture.
Happy styling everyone.
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