Lift the mood with things you love

Central and North Burnett Times - - HOME - with Tracey Hordern

AFRIEND has what I like to call her “wall of love”. It is es­sen­tially a large col­lage on a cork­board hung above her com­puter and it’s com­posed of ar­tis­ti­cally placed pho­tos of those she loves and an as­sort­ment of me­men­tos of happy events.

This got me think­ing about how our choice of decor can up­lift us. With retro cork be­ing to­tally on trend, home-made be­spoke art pieces ex­hib­ited on cork are an ob­vi­ous source of plea­sure. But there are also other per­sonal el­e­ments that are ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing a mood en­hance­ment.

The best way to as­cer­tain what would work for you is to ask your­self, “What do I love and what brings me joy?” For in­stance, for me it’s books. I love the look of books al­most as much as the con­tent.

If it’s colour you crave, why not take the risk and paint some­thing a bold hue? If it’s the fresh­ness of white you en­joy then paint a piece of fur­ni­ture in a shabby-chic white wash.

If mu­sic is your thing place your stereo, LPs, CDs, or what­ever you col­lect in a prom­i­nent place to view and use.

Travel is some­thing most of us love, so con­sider styling vi­gnettes of me­men­tos you have col­lected while on hol­i­day.

But you don’t have to travel to col­lect pieces. A num­ber of my trea­sures have ei­ther been given to me or I’ve found them at mar­kets and garage sales. But re­gard­less of their prove­nance, when art­fully ex­hib­ited they bring in­ter­est to any space.

PHOTO: THINK­STOCK

◗ Think about what gives you joy and com­fort and then put it on dis­play in your home. RE­SEARCH LAST YEAR FOUND 87% OF AUSSIES PICK UP SOU­VENIRS ON HOL­I­DAY

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