I share a lot of home projects and design here on the blog, but sometimes all you need to upgrade your home is just a few tiny tweaks. These are just little changes that I’ve made over the year and have made a world of difference! The best thing about these tweaks is that they’re not expensive at all. You’re probably already spending money on these things, but if you spent just a little bit more money, it would make an exponentially greater difference. Let’s get into it.
I actually made a reel about how to upgrade your pillows last week, that you should watch here! The rule of thumb for buying pillow inserts (or swapping out the standard, flat inserts they typically come with), is to size up two inches! If your pillow cover is 20″x20″, size your insert up to 22″x22″. This is going to make your pillows look fuller and chunkier, which is all I want from a throw pillow. Another tip is to use down or down-alternative inserts. These inserts are my go-to, they have over 30 sizes, too!.
Another thing to upgrade is your duvet insert! Again, a down, or down-alternative is best, and I would recommend an all-season or cold-weather, since they’ll look fluffier and more substantial! I just swapped ours out for this one and bedtime feels like heaven.
For the last few years I’ve been using these curtain clips to hang our curtains. They’re look instantly more luxurious, and classy. Plus if your curtains are riding a little bit high, this is a great way to extend the length! Don’t forget to hang your curtains high and wide for the best look and reference this reel as a guide!
If you’re shopping for a rug, one of the biggest (and most common) mistakes you could make is getting a rug that’s too small for your space. I promise it will make all the difference. It can make a small room look larger, it can make a large room look proportional. This rug size guide is a goldmine to reference, and don’t forget to check out our new line of Polly rugs with Loloi. I’m currently trying to figure out which room to put the berry natural, because it’s just so good.
I’ve been preaching about Kelvins and Lumens for years now! Getting the right temperature and brightness in bulb is so important, and it doesn’t cost any more money to get it right. My go-to temp (kelvin) is 3,000, and for lamps, I prefer 2,700. I go into depth about it in this post here if this sounds like a foreign language! Even if 3,000K isn’t your thing, the light bulbs in your home should all be the same temp (with slightly warmer lamps). These have been my go-to bulbs for years, but recently, Chris swapped out all of our lamp bulbs to these smart bulbs. Now when I walk into a room, I can say “Alexa, turn on the lights in the living room,” and they turn on like magic. Plus you can customize your temperature preferences, which makes it easy to get it right.
It’s about time that soft-close hinges are standard on all furniture and cabinets right?? There’s nothing quite like not having to worry about cabinets slamming–the height of luxury if I do say so myself. I found a pack of 50 soft-close hinges for $80 on Amazon, which should be more than enough to replace all the hinges in a kitchen!
When it comes to our homes, we put a lot of time into making them feel like us! Sometimes, a few tiny tweaks can make all the difference, and I’d love to hear how you’re going to be implementing some of these ideas!
We designed the Charly line of sofas, chairs, and ottomans with perfect proportions for comfort — with wide arms, a loungey depth, and stylish and practical lumbar pillows. Available in 70 kid-friendly, pet-friendly fabrics, this line was created with families in mind.
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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