12 Foolproof Home (And Life?) Styling Tricks
Blogger-turned-author Erin Loechner shares tips from her new book, Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path, to help you get your home (and life) together. Stylishly, of course.
1: Go Green
When in doubt, add a plant. A rubber plant is foolproof to start with—nearly impossible to kill—and it’s known to clear the air of formaldehydes, chemicals and harmful vapors. You’ll have to clear the rest of the toxins (bitterness, regret, discontent) yourself, but a kickstart helps. No one ever said no to a little helping hand from nature.
2: Say "No."
Edit, edit, edit! Say no to the newest dish towel pattern. Resist another limited-edition, hand-poured balsamic cedar soy candle. Practice self-control in the stationery aisle at Target, even when the floral envelopes are on sale. (And don’t you dare buy another book about decluttering.) There is much value in self-control.
3: Scrub + Paint
There is very little that cannot be solved with a good scrubbing and a fresh coat of paint. I prefer a hot soak with a good scrub, but everyone’s got their thing.
Scoot your furniture into the center of the room and anchor it with a rug. Living rooms are for living, for gathering and for having conversations with each other. It's nearly impossible to do this when up against a wall. This is true in most scenarios.
5: See the Light
You can never have too much natural light. Open the curtains, the blinds and the windows. Let in the sun, let in the clouds and let in the moonlight. Sheers are best for this, even in the bedroom. If you can’t walk around in your undies at home without worrying about how much the neighbors can see, you can either: (a) move to the country, or (b) stop worrying about how much the neighbors can see.
6: Prioritize Placement
A place for everything, and everything in its place. Your place doesn’t have to be everyone’s place, by the way. My friend stores her purse in the microwave. She has never, not ever, not once, had to ask anyone where she left her purse.
7: Stick to the Scheme
Stick to one color scheme, then allow yourself to experiment within the constraints. Play with pattern, texture, scale and shade, as long as you’re sticking to your color scheme. Enforce boundaries, not rules. (This works for parenting, as well.)
8: Heartwarming Art
Art can be found anywhere, in anything. Frame your dad’s bomber jacket. Hang a collection of cutting boards from your grandmother’s farm. Spend the afternoon chewing gum with a girlfriend and make weird sculptures with spare toothpicks. If it makes your heart sing, it’s art.
9: Listen to Your Gut
Alternately, if that popular tomography print of the gelato seen in every home tour online doesn’t make your heart sing, it’s not art.
10: If it does not add value, it does not add much.
11: If it does not add meaning, it does not add much.
12: If it does not add purpose, it does not add much.
Taken from Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner. Copyright ©2017 by Erin Loechner. Used by permission of Zondervan. www.zondervan.com.