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The Incredible Power of Seasonal Decor Changes

I have memories as a young child watching my grandmother perform a massive ritual every spring. Not only did she scrub her house from top to bottom, but she made seasonal decor changes. Bold colored rugs were rolled up and stored. She changed the bedding and window treatments from heavy fabric to light. The colors in the home went from bright to muted. In fact, the whole house’s decor was transformed from winter to summer, in every way imaginable. I remember thinking that it seemed like a lot of unnecessary work. I no longer feel that way. What changed? 

Seasonal Decor Changes Can Bring Happiness

Over the years, I have watched clients and family members perform the same ritual and see the joy that it has brought them. My sister in-law’s face lights up just talking about putting out her winter area rug and the slipcover for one of her favorite chairs. She gets equally excited as summer approaches, and she pulls out her summer rug and accessories. 

I now recognize the happiness that seasonal decor changes can bring and how it can keep your home from becoming stagnant to your eyes. Just as we get used to the smudges on the walls, we get use to our surroundings and fail to appreciate the beautiful things we have.

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I remember hearing that a study was done and concluded that people who decorated their homes for Christmas were happier when their decorations were out than the rest of the year. I googled it, and found two interesting sites that claim this is true. If you would like to read more about the reasoning behind this, check out these two links.

seasonal decor changes can include removing everyday decor and replacing it with holiday decorations.

“It does create that neurological shift that can produce happiness,” she said. “I think anything that takes us out of our normal habituation, the normal day in, day out … signals our senses, and then our senses measure if it’s pleasing or not.”

Psychologist Deborah Serani quote from Today.com

If this is true, it supports my theory that surrounding ourselves with things we love makes us happy, as discussed in my post, INCORPORATE GOOD MOOD INFLUENCE INTO YOUR DECOR. Making seasonal decor changes, keeps our accessories that we love fresh in our eyes, so we are able to admire and appreciate them. 

Change Decor Depending On Your Emotional Needs

Seasonal decor changes demonstrated with a bright floral picture leaning on white dresser.
Find ways to add pops of color to brighten things up during dreary winter months.

Changing some decorative accessories is an opportunity to address our changing emotional needs. During different times of the year, we may need different things. I have noticed that during the dreary months of winter, I need more visual stimulation. I benefit from the addition of some fun pops of color in my otherwise neutral palette. During the summer, I need lighter, simpler tones. I can make a few changes with accessories such as throw blankets and decorative pillows to alter my environment to fit my emotional needs.  

Don’t be afraid to experiment with color to see how it affects you. When I realized I needed more color in my neutral color scheme during the winter, I had to determine which shades would work for me. I tried different colored throw pillows on my sofa until I figured it out and ended up incorporating pops of gold. To me, gold and shades of yellow are cheery colors. It was just what I needed to get me through a bleak winter.  If you want to learn more about color, Benjamin Moore has a lot of great information on their website.

This summer centerpiece can be transformed for fall buy changing the shells to pine-cones.

Keep in mind that the seasonal decor changes you make do not have to be drastic to be effective. The idea is to move things around and switch things up from time to time. It keeps us from getting stale in our surroundings. 

Ideas for seasonal decor changes

  • Switch out decorative pillows. 
  • Switch out window treatments. 
  • Slipcover upholstered furniture. 
  • Rotate accessories in the room. 
  • Try a different furniture arrangement, trading items with ones from other rooms. 
  • Buy fresh flowers for yourself or cut some from your garden. 
  • Change the centerpiece on your dining table. 
  • Change place-mats and tablecloths. 
  • Add a throw blanket over your sofa. 
  • Display pictures and art on a picture ledge, so they can be changed without putting a hole in the wall. 
  • Decorate (tastefully) for all seasons and holidays. 

Can you add any ideas for seasonal decor changes to my list? Let us know by leaving a reply below.

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Personality Types and Colors; this is so cool!

Do you think that there is a correlation between personality types and color? More specifically, do you think a personality test could determine what colors you should decorate your home with? I am talking about the colors that you would be the happiest living with.

Believe it or not, I always wondered if there was a connection between personality types and color. So my excitement was through the roof when I came across Domino’s post, What Paint Color to Choose Based On Your Myers-Briggs Personality Type. I was curious to see if there was any truth in this. My results blew me away!

Sample of the Myer Briggs test
Test sample for determining personality types

I am a cross between 3 personality types. Which I think and hope is normal. The three personality types did seem to fit different facets of me. I wrote down my results and then read the Domino’s blog to see what colors they recommended for me. Two of the colors that Domino’s blog said were best for me are presently the main colors in my home. The third is one that I have been planning to use for my bedroom which I want to change up a bit. Isn’t that wild? My personality color results were spot on.

It only took 15 minutes

I am dying to know if you will find the results amazing as well. The whole process of taking the test, reading the results and then comparing them to the Domino’s blog took me 15 minutes. It was interesting to read the personality test results and in a way, fun to do.

Personality Types and Color: What do you think about your results?

I used a different site to take the test than Domino’s recommended. I found my link easier to navigate. Also, It did not require me to register to take the test and get the results. Here is the link I used for the personality test. What are you waiting for? Please let me know if you think your results were accurate by leaving a reply below. 

If you want to learn more about picking a paint color read Why is picking a white paint color so tricky?

boat painting

Incorporate Good Mood Influence Into Your Decor

This week’s focus is on how to incorporate good mood influence into your decor. What is a good mood influencer? Red wine? Sure but, we are talking about decor, so that is not what I mean. It is anything that makes you smile. Don’t you want to look around your home and smile? This is an important component of creating a space that is perfect for you and that will add to your happiness.

I am sure that you have incorporated some good mood influencers into your decor already. Look around your home and consciously look for things in your home that give you a positive emotional reaction when you see them. Now, are there ways to incorporate more good mood influencers into your decor? Of course, there is and I bet you didn’t think of some of them…..

Shows an example of a family photo wall
Pictures of loved ones can be good mood influencers

Family Photo Walls

The easiest way of incorporating good mood influence into your decor is by decorating with family pictures. A family gallery wall made up of old and new photos is a great way to surround yourself with treasured memories. When hanging a grouping of photos, I like to either use all different frames painted one color or all of the same frames in one or two colors. Gallery walls can have other elements worked into them, too, to add interest. Consider adding a shelf with a few accessories or canvases with quotes. 

To make an interesting arrangement, I lay everything out on the floor and move them around until I find a configuration that pleases me. I usually pick the biggest item for the middle and then work outward. It doesn’t have to be symmetrical, but it must balance. Once I have determined their best placement, I transfer it to the wall and hang. If you create a grouping and can’t hang them all that second, take a picture of them so you can remember the arrangement you decided on. If I had a dollar for every time I thought I didn’t need to do that because I would remember, … 

Art is a way to incorporate good mood influence into your decor

The picture of boat is an example of how to incorporate good mood influence into your decor.
Photo of a boat was made to look like a painting

I worked with a family who spent their summers sailing. They had a gorgeous picture of their boat, which they had used computer software on in order to make look as if it were an oil painting and had had it printed quite large on canvas. It was beautiful. They brought their boat right into their living room! The picture made a great design impact and had huge meaning to the family. The lesson here is to think out of the box to incorporate good mood influencers into your decor.

Mementos on shelves can make you smile

Personal Collections as Good Mood Influencers

Many people have collections. They take pride in them and enjoy looking at them. Depending on the items being collected, they can and should be displayed. However, there are ways to do this to keep a space visually pleasing.

First, they should have a dedicated space and be grouped together. Things have more of an impact in a group rather than scattered about. Their dedicated space could be a curio cabinet; a shelf; or, for some large collections, even a room. The golden rule is not to let the collection grow to the point that it takes over and becomes visually overwhelming. If you dedicate a shelf, and you run out of space, consider rotating what is displayed from time to time.  This will keep your eye seeing and loving what is there, rather than becoming accustomed to it and letting it lose its magic for you. 

When accessorizing shelves and furniture pieces, things usually look better in odd numbers. When staging a shelf or curio cabinet, group things together that have some commonality. For example, display all glass pieces. This could be vases, candlesticks, glasses, figurines, etc. When accessorizing a piece of furniture, I like to group items of varying heights, and groups of threes work well. 

More Reading to Enjoy


Even though this week was an exceptionally busy week, I still managed to get in my screen time. I stumbled upon another blogger who shared some of my own thoughts about our home environment being connected to our well being and happiness. If you get some time check out Decorating to Freshen Up Life, which I found completely validating. For more ideas on how to incorporate some more good mood influencers into your decor, check out, 10 Easy look good, feel-good ideas you can do today.

You Don’t Have To Live With Things You Hate!

You don’t have to live with things you hate! So why do people live with things that make them unhappy? I am talking about the worn-out sofa, the wallpaper falling off the walls, the carpet with bald spots and well you get the picture. It is hard for me to understand because my surroundings impact my mood big time. I always try to figure out a way to “correct” whatever it is that is not working for me. In the same way, I try to design in ways that work for me as I explained in my post, DESIGN TO BE HAPPY, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

Young Children?

Don’t live with things you hate because you have children.
Photo by Paige Cody on Unsplash

I have heard lots of excuses that people use for living with things they hate. Very often it is: “I have kids.” I won’t replace that sofa, or any other piece of furniture for that matter, because I have kids. Children need to be taught to respect and take care of things. Plus there are so many durable products on the market these days. You can even buy a sofa with Sunbrella fabric, which would certainly hold up with children. Having children should not stop you from having a nice home or force you to live with things you dislike. Puppies on another hand are a different story. Definitely wait for the chewing stage to be over before making any major purchase.

Budget Restrictions?

Another reason that people live with things they hate is budget restrictions. I totally understand that money plays into our decisions. But I want you to know that there are ways to improve your surroundings that do not cost a lot of money. Temporary bandages and creative solutions can help. They take a bit of effort on your part; but, again, the payback is ten-fold.

Use temporary decorating bandages so you don’t have to live with things you hate!

I believe in temporary bandages when it comes to our home. For example, a sofa that is worn out can be given a better look with the small investment of a slipcover. A sofa is a central piece in your home and something you see every time you walk in the door. You should enjoy your home as much as possible at all times. Continuing to make do with an old sofa can cause negative feelings. You may begin to feel sorry for yourself that you have to make do with one that is a worn-out or outdated and even start ruminating with an inner mantra saying I hate that sofa, which can turn into a downward spiral of self-pity. A simple slipcover solution can make things better until a new sofa is in the budget.

Creative Solutions Can Help With Things You Hate

Don’t live with a kitchen you hate
Kitchen Before

My daughter recently married and bought her first home. The home needed a lot of updating, and they did not have the budget to tackle it all at once. The kitchen had dark oak cabinets that screamed “1970”! New cabinets were not in the budget; and these cabinets were solid wood, in fantastic shape, just dark and dated. We were able to transform them with a few days of work, and the result was a much more visually-pleasing, up-to-date kitchen for pennies.

Picture shows a kitchen renovation illustrating that you don't have to live with things you hate.
Kitchen in progress

First, we filled in grooves with wood filler that ran the length of the cabinet doors. Then we sanded, primed, and added a wood molding to each door, resulting in a shaker style. With some paint, wood filler and trim it was on its way to becoming a brand-new kitchen, achieved with work, not money. They may choose to remodel their kitchen in the future; but in the meantime, they don’t have to live with something they hate. My daughter said it bought her some time. Instead of rushing, they can save money and put in a better kitchen then one they would do if they felt force to act quickly because they had something they couldn’t stand.

With hardware, tile and a new counter, the kitchen could look like this.

One of my favorite websites for inspiration when trying to come up with a creative solution is www.hometalk.com. It is an easy to search site with a million tutorials for creative DIY projects.

If it isn’t your taste

In reality, sometimes we do choose to live with something that is less than optimal for us. Consider this scenario: You move into a new home. The previous homeowner spared no expense when remodeling one of the home’s bathrooms—high-end tile, luxury vanity and fixtures, and it is very well done. Unfortunately, you don’t really like it, but you feel that ripping it out would be wasteful; or maybe you just do not feel like being inconvenienced with a remodeling project.

My advice is to try to find something that you can be excited about which would work with the current décor. If you can find artwork or fabric for a window treatment or an accessory that you love and that works well in the room, you can change the room from one you hate to one you can live with.

Think out of the Box To Correct What You Hate

I encourage you to think out of the box when working to rid your living space of things you hate. A client of mine had a cleaning lady spill bleach on her brand-new bedroom carpeting. The result was bright white splotches on her dark green broadloom. Since it had just been installed, my client could not fathom replacing it; and, unfortunately, it was located in a spot that could not be covered by furniture.

I am pretty good at mixing paint and knew I would be able to mix up the color of the carpet. I suggested painting the bleach stains to match the rest of the carpeting. I used craft acrylic paint and mixed it with a textile medium ensuring it would be permanent. The end result was not perfect, but it was close. If you looked for the spots, you could see them; but when entering the room, they no longer jumped out at you. I would say that the creative solution of painting the stains made the best of a bad situation.

The takeaway from these two stories is that you can benefit greatly from a little face lift or a temporary decorating band-aid. So stop putting off updating, freshening or remodeling your space.

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Get Started Creating Your Happy Place at Home

Home should be your happy place.

How do I Create my Happy Place?

 

Before you begin creating your happy place, think about Disney. All Disney park lovers know that it is an experience like none other. In the first place, the park is designed to have something for everyone. As soon as you walk in, you have crossed a threshold to something magical. Not only has Disney has thought of everything but they have polished every detail. Even my nose is happily entertained with the sweet smells seemingly coming from the restaurants. I remember hearing that these smells are artificially generated to enhance the park’s guest experience. I bring this up because I want you to think of your home environment as an experience.

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