New Years Home Resolutions

To me, January is a time of renewal and new beginnings. It is also a time when we all have resolutions on our mind and we set our intentions for the year ahead. I love the idea of identifying habits I want to change and things I want to improve upon.

After the busy holiday season, I am always looking to organize, clean and refresh my home. Earlier this month, Wayfair reached out and invited me to take part in a blogging campaign called “Cozy and Clean 2019” and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. I was extremely excited and honored to be included because I am a big fan of this on-line retailer.

I have purchased many items from Wayfair, both for myself and for client projects. As a matter of fact, it has become my go-to when I am sourcing anything home related because the options are plentiful and the prices fit any budget. Then you add free-shipping and excellent customer service to the mix and it is Wayfair for the win!

Today I thought I would share the New Year’s Home Resolutions I made for myself at the end of 2018 and how they realte to being Cozy and Clean in 2019!

I made two resolutions that apply to our home:

1.  Let go of things that no longer serve us, or do not spark joy (hello Marie Kondo!)

2. Finish decorating and styling one room before moving on to the next.

Being an interior decorator and blogger, I always have a thousand creative projects on my mind.  I have a habit of starting a room makeover and then getting sidetracked for whatever reason, and never fully completing the space. This “incomplete” feeling sometimes prevents me from truly enjoying and appreciating my home. It also makes it difficult for me to relax because my mind is like a hamster on a wheel, with ideas just circling around in my head.

I sat down the first week of January and went through my home room by room and made a list of what I needed to do in each space for it to feel “done”.  First up on my list is our Family Room. This is where we spend the majority of our time, and is also where, at the end of a long day, I collapse for an hour before bed and catch up on my favorite TV shows. I would love for this room to feel like a relaxing and cozy space instead of an on-going “to-do”list.

Last week, things were kind of in limbo and I hadn’t yet re-styled our bookcases or mantle after packing up the holiday decor. I was watching “This is Us” which is one of my favorite shows, but I swear to you I was having a hard time focusing on the show because I was mentally moving furniture around and styling the surfaces. Please tell me I am not the only person who does this! Today I thought I would share my plans for this space with you …clearly I need to call this room done so as to not interfere with my TV show consumption!

Now this space has undergone many changes since we purchased and rennovated our home 6 years ago. Here is what it looked like when we first moved in…

Since then I have had it arranged in several different configurations before landing on the current set-up. Things really started coming together in this room when I added bookcases on either side of our fireplace last year.

I have already blogged about what a game changer that was and you can catch up on that post here.

What’s Working

This room is almost done in my mind, but there are still a few tweaks I need to make for it to feel finished. Let’s first start with a review of the recent changes I have made to the space.

Counter Stools

When we first completed our kitchen rennovation, I bought with these counter stools from Restoration Hardware. They were a perfect fit and I loved everything about them, in particular the x-back detail and the black metal finish.

Folex Spray cleaner and wipe them down. I love these stools and would highly recommend them!

Coffee Table

We used to have a black square leather ottoman in here our Family Room. It was big and bulky, and thanks to the kids, had seen better days.

this one is similar.


The other new item is this rug. Previously we had this one, which I love, but it was the wrong size. Plus it was making me nervous to have a cream color rug in such a high traffic snack zone! So I moved it to my office and ordered a similar style in grey.