Decorating your home like a pro

I often get asked for advice when it comes to home decoration, which is part of the reason why I started blogging about it in the first place. My personal esthetic is what I would call ‘comfortable contemporary’. Basically, I make things pretty and functional. Below are some ideas of ways to make your home beautiful and make it easy to keep it that way.

#1. Buy furniture that will accommodate your stuff. If you have a high ceiling, get a big entertainment center with a lot of cabinet space for toys, movies, extra blankets, or whatever you want to hide away. If you have a small space, get a few storage ottomans to use as coffee tables, or a console table with storage to place behind the couch. You can also have floating wall storage, where you can artfully display your things. It can also be used to hang some of your items with the help of a no drill glue or some hooks, saving a little more of your storage space while keeping it organized. The key moreover is to keep the items from looking cluttered, so keep books up straight with book ends, and make sure there is some empty space to make it look planned. Think practically as well – when it comes to dangerous items such as cleaning products, you’re going to need a safe way to store them. Storemasta has a range of products that can help to store your more risky items, making your home not only tidier but safer too. Also, you may want to buy new furnishing for your bathrooms such as a bathtub or a new washbasin that may add to the aesthetics of the room. However, you may have to contact local plumbers to make those new fittings in your bathroom.

Our entertainment center. Yo gabba gabba on tv, as usual.

Toy storage, an absolute MUST.

#2. Pick a color palette for the entire home. Often we decide on paint colors on a whim, or for each room individually without considering the other rooms in the home. Think about the home as if you were visiting it for the first time, and how the colors of the rooms work with each other as you explore the entire space. Painting the entire house to match a specific and consistent color pallette can actually be quite the undertaking, especially considering the materials and labor required to pull it off. The financial aspect of doing this may also be a concern for some, therefore something like the home improvement loans from SoFi may be of interest.

If you are unsure of your taste in color, vary a neutral palette, that is usually the most appealing way to go, and add one bold color to make it exciting. My home has a palette similar to this one below, and I love it!

Living Room

Main color of the home

Library/Office and Powder Room

#3. Buy colorful accessories. Pick a color opposite of the colors in the room, or just pick a color you love, and buy a few pillows or a throw that coordinate. I am really into tribal and Ikat prints at the moment, and those can coordinate with any color. Try to put at least 3 items of the same color in the same space- a pillow, throw, and vase could work great.

I love this use of a neutral palette, with turquoise blue and fuchsia pink pops of color. Gorgeous! Image:

#4. Add art that you love, or don’t do anything at all. I have some walls that are bare, just waiting for the perfect piece.

One rarely sees what is right in front of them. Wise words from Z gallery, in our living room.

#5. Bring the outside in. Bring in fresh flowers or plants. It never fails to breathe life in to a space. Whether you buy an indoor tree, or a small cactus plant, it is always a good idea.

I love this use of indoor trees. Image:

#6. Think of symmetry. The eye is always attracted to what is symmetrical – but you don’t need to rely on that for everything, because sometimes breaking that rule makes the space infinitely cooler.

Entry way, vases and branches from West Elm. Mirror from Marshalls.

Have fun decorating! Let me know if you have any other ideas!

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Last week we took a quick trip to escape the snow for some sunshine in Key Largo, Florida☀️ We spent every moment possible outside, Tom and Adam got their Scuba Diver PADI certification (yay!) while Sophia and I spent our days either swimming or drawing marine life and landscapes. This was my first trip after my sister passed last November, and even though I look so happy here, there were so many moments I felt the grief and sadness, as if it happened just yesterday. I am still figuring out how I want to show up in this space, as I have changed so much as a person since the loss. I just don’t feel called to post some of the things I shared before. Maybe that will change someday, or maybe it will just naturally evolve into something new. I think I will take this year to just process it all. (Even the idea of taking an entire year to think through something is a huge shift for my usually hyperactive type A personality) My focus at the moment is just living in the moment with my family and friends, spending time doing things that make me happy and healthy. I hope to share some of that journey here with you ~ thanks for following along ❤️
I had planned to shoot this outfit in collaboration with @lenacoutureofficial right before my dear sister passed away. Saba, the designer, was more than understanding if I didn’t want to anymore - but after thinking on it for a while I decided I wanted to - in my sister’s honor 💗 She was always my biggest hype woman. When i would feel like I’m not good enough or that I should quit (which was often) she would tell me I was unique and great and to keep it up. When I think of my sister, beauty and love is all that she embodied in her being. She expressed that on the outside also - as she loved to wear everything glam, bright & colorful, and full of bling. Hair done, nails done, everything did - that was Nusrat. For this shoot I took the time to get glam after a long hiatus - and makeup and hair took so long because I think I forgot how to do it, but afterwards I was surprised how I felt transformed. When I wore this gorgeous outfit that I know was designed with such love and incredible attention to detail by @lenacoutureofficial, I felt all of that beauty - like a walking piece of art, and very much at peace. Thank you so much to @divmophoto for capturing the feeling so well 💕
Ski weekend with my favorites ❄️❄️ So proud of Sophia for skiing on her own for the first time!
There are some trees with seeds that only grow after a fire. Their seeds are completely sealed with a resin that have to be physically melted off by a great fire in order to propagate. So to do we as humans, gain wisdom only after great pain and suffering.*
A month ago (and one day) I lost my sister and best friend to cancer. I am still completely gutted and broken. But, I’m also so so grateful to have had felt the love that now brings me so much heartbreak. ❤️ I am so inspired by her - and I will forever live my life to honor her memory. Miss you sis ❤️
Classic outfit combo: oversized blazer + denim 🖤fendi mules @shoeslutz
Just a mom who loves mums 🌸 🪴
Cozy for a coffee date ☕️
French. Toast. Egg. Bake. Save this recipe for a weekend or holiday brunch - it’s SO good and fool-proof! I’m not even a sweet person and I love it. The pecans are a non-negotiable IMO - I get honey bourbon vanilla pecans for this and it is just heavenly. Enjoy!