Hate di­et­ing? For 2015, re­solve in­stead to give your home a makeover

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Homespot - Broward East - - LIVING G SPACE - By Kathryn We­ber

Tri­bune Con­tent Agency If the thought

of self-im­prove­ment at the New Year makes you roll your eyes and sigh, stop suf­fer­ing. In­stead of res­o­lu­tions based on de­nial and strug­gle, opt for lux­ury by sim­ply giv­ing your home a fresh new look. The ex­er­cise will be a whole lot eas­ier than giv­ing up choco­late and chardonnay.

If you thumb through dec­o­rat­ing mag­a­zines and see stun­ning rooms, but don’t think you could pull off any­thing close, start with one fea­ture, like ac­ces­sories, and take a shot. Ex­per­i­ment with those big glass vases so stylish now, filled with stalks of pussy wil­low, bare or painted branches, or even a sin­gle philo­den­dron leaf. They’re easy to as­sem­ble and match any decor.

Maybe you’ve had heavy drapes on your win­dows for ages. Let 2015 be the year you lighten up and sub­sti­tute some light and breezy li­nen pan­els. If you’ve got lots of white ware in the kitchen, try some open shelv­ing. There’s no need to go over­board; just try a shelf or two. Then or­ga­nize your plates, bowls and cups where you can see them—and give the room a bright new look.

Even small dec­o­rat­ing changes can have a big

im­pact.

Whether in the kitchen or bath­room, find ways to clear off the tops of your coun­ters and make them look more ac­ces­sorized and stylish in­stead of sim­ply clut­tered. A large rattan box can neatly cor­ral bath­room bot­tles, jars, soaps, makeup and hair­bands. Look for items like tall, lid­ded urns to hold hair­brushes or stylish trays for per­fume or af­ter­shave bot­tles.

In the kitchen, hide the big mixer in the pantry if you only use it twice a year. Re­place it with a pretty urn or plant for a touch of el­e­gance.

It may not seem like much fun, but if you plan out your dec­o­rat­ing projects, they’ll go more eas­ily and turn out bet­ter. Cre­ate a project book us­ing an 11-by-17 poster board folded in half. Fill it with in­spi­ra­tional pho­tos, paint chips, fab­ric or wall­pa­per swatches. The stan­dard pa­per size means you can eas­ily carry it in a port­fo­lio. Be sure to in­clude mea­sure­ments of floors, walls and win­dows and the lo­ca­tion of doors in the book so you have ev­ery­thing in one spot.

We of­ten have too many dec­o­ra­tive ac­ces­sories in some places and not enough in oth­ers. For ex­am­ple, re­solve to do some­thing about all the bare tops in your house. The tops of re­frig­er­a­tors and ar­moires are of­ten for­got­ten—or loaded with a mess— while cof­fee ta­bles and book­shelves are choked with tchotchkes.

Ac­cent the top of the re­frig­er­a­tor with a col­lec­tion of urns, fig­urines and over­sized fruit, and tuck in some ivy. Do the same for dressers, side ta­bles, book­cases.

Re­solve this New Year to make sim­ple, quick changes that will make you feel good about your­self but don’t in­volve ex­er­cise or di­et­ing!

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Kathryn We­ber through her web­site, RedLo­tusLet­ter.com.

© 2015 Kathryn We­ber. Dis­trib­uted by Tri­bune Con­tent Agency, LLC.

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