Re-Styling Living Spaces~A Fresh Start

Happy Monday!  I don’t know about you but it has been a bit slow around these parts; especially since taking down the Christmas decor :(  We finally got snow #toolateaccordingtomyson;) and along with it frigid temps (-8below) yikes! It really is pretty though. A new blanket of snow is so cathartic and inspiring to me.  I am ready to lighten up and re-style my living spaces!


Since my Christmas decor is packed up and tucked away #finally!  I’ve been assessing my living spaces downstairs. Along with de-cluttering, I am trying to be more selective about what goes back into these spaces.  Yes, I do like a whole lot of pretty, but it has to function for my family as well.  We are a family of 4 (I’m the only female;) with a big dog and we live hard;)

 I sometimes think it is easy to fall into the trap of believing that our spaces need to look like those carefully shot magazine covers; frankly, it can paralyze us.  How many times do you sit there and scrutinize your space and in the end just put something there “for now” because it isn’t good enough?  We’ve all been there.  It is important to remember we all need to “live” and “work” in these spaces and feel confident in our decisions.

Sometimes taking a moment to let your space “breathe” without clutter is the thing to do.  This is why I tend to do this in the new year after all of the holiday decor is put away. I always say a space “speaks” to me and tells me what it needs.  I do however, like to glean inspiration from my favorite trade magazines as well as  gorgeous images on the internet.

The one thing I am certain about, is a need to have less cluttered, open and “airy” spaces.  Maybe because I need that internally as well?  Who knows, but I feel better when a space has less; it just is appealing to me and allows my brain to breathe.  Does that make sense?

Case in point, my Master Bedroom.


Hands down my Master Bedroom  is the most clutter free open space in my home (except on laundry day;).  I love the way it “feels” and when I am in there I am more organized, less stressed and relaxed.  It isn’t even a big space. You can read more about this space here

Like my Master Bedroom, I still want my family living spaces to have the same feel.  Of course it isn’t realistic to be as clean and edited as my bedroom, but it can still have that open feel and less cluttered look.  I just need to be deliberate with my decorating choices.

 I thought it would be fun to share a few images of what I have been admiring in living spaces lately. This is always a good thing to do if you aren’t sure where to begin as far as re-styling your spaces.  Pretty pictures or “eye candy” as I call it;) can tell you a lot about what kind of “feel” you want for your space as well as color palette etc. I always tell clients to browse Pinterest, Houzz, trade magazines etc. to get ideas before we even meet.  I took my advice and did this today.  I found some great inspiration!

*Images of living spaces with a clutter-free open feel*








In all the above images I see I am still dawn to the coastal look (no surprise:) and lots of texture, neutral palettes as well as beachy blues. If you notice there are still very traditional pieces in these pictures.  However,  there is also a careful balance of modern touches that make the spaces feel fresh and updated.

How about you?  Are you looking to edit your spaces this year and start anew?  As I start thinking about putting back my decor now that the holiday decorations are away, I am now freshly inspired and will be more selective in my choices. I am ready for a new re-styled space! Now it’s time to shop the house;)!

Have a wonderful week friends!




  1. January 12, 2016 / 5:01 am

    Beautiful pictures Marley – so serene!! Here’s to a fresh new start!!

  2. January 12, 2016 / 8:43 am

    Thank you Fran! Yes, here’s to a fresh start! Happy New Year and thanks for your kind comments!

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