I used to hate January. I always felt so sad after the magic of Christmas was over and we had to go back to what felt to me like a boring existence. But over the years, I've learned to love it. Now, it makes me think of things like peace, stillness, tranquility, order, and organization. I still try to make my space feel magical in small ways, but overall, I crave a more simple environment after the holidays are over.
This year I decided to go with a serene (mostly) analogous color palette, with blues, lavenders, and a small pop of fuchsia for a touch of whimsey.
As far as style goes, I'd say I prefer a modern global eclectic style, like this. Sometimes I lean a little more toward the modern and simple side and sometimes more toward the global eclectic side, depending on my mood.
So here it is. My January living space.
Over the years I have wished for a white sofa because I LOVE white so much, but my husband has convinced me that it would be a bad idea with two kids and a dog at home. I tried to tell him that we could get a slipcover, but he reminded me how much I would hate washing that thing all the time. He is right. I would hate it. :)
So, we decided to go with a textured charcoal sofa set and I love it! I keep several white pillows and throws on it all the time so that I can still get that light and airy look that I like so much, without having to worry about having to wash a white slipcover all the time.
I sprinkled the color palette around the room with throw pillows and blankets,
and framed art and pottery. I found the purple vase at a thrift store and filled it with salt before adding the flower.
My daughter made this bird (below) in her ceramics class and I found the vase at a thrift store.
The pictures below are just framed art paper (one of my favorite wall art hacks). The one on the left is a butterfly origami piece that took me five minutes to make. I framed that one in a shadow-box frame. So easy!
This dried plant is actually a super cool weed that was growing in the back of my old house. When I saw it, I HAD to cut it down and bring it inside! It's so cool!
I also like to sprinkle natural elements around the room to enhance the global eclectic vibe that I like so much. I think this balances out the color palette even more.
And I always have to have my wooden HOPE box out. It reminds me to keep going, even when things seem impossible.