So, for anyone that has issues with their inner interior designer, there are ways to beat the funk. This is coming from personal experience, so no need to panic! Im an expert. (This is where I roll my eyes as hard as I can at myself, for you.)
The first reason I started to make candles was because I was buying so many damn candles for my then job (which smelled like a footlocker) and my house that I was living in and I was going broke by just the damn candles alone. Candles are freaking EXPENSIVE! And the ones that are expensive aren't even worth it! They would burn down to empty in like two or three days, and then what, dish out another $25-30 for a small candle that will just disappear anyways? YEAH RIGHT. So I started making my own. Because it was that serious. What can I say? I like my candles... (obviously.)
But my point about the candles, is they're important for making any space feel cozy. An open flame in a glass votive, in a room, just has this sort of magic about it that makes the space its in feel finalized, or like home. And so one suggestion that I may have is to get empty little tea light votives and set them around the house and grab a bag of 100 unscented tea lights for like $10 at big lots or IKEA. And because I love you and I can't just talk about candles without offering a special deal of my own in the mix- Add a centerpiece candle to the conversation (a large, hand made, long lasting, amazingly fragranced, coconut wax candle I might add) and grab a Chey Mina Brand Candle at the SHOP tab on my website :D
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Throw Blankets & Accent Pillows
On to the next bit of advice, throw blankets and accent pillows for your sofa or bed! You can have an all white house and it could feel a little bland. But add a little pattern, texture or sparkle to that and it changes everything.
I know. It sounds weird. But trust me on this one. Sometimes the lights given to us in our home light fixtures are too strong, hurt our eyes and/or can get too hot, and lamps are so bleh. So why not light up your home or a room with a string of ambient christmas lights? Maybe around your window, or over the archway to your kitchen, or maybe on your bed post in your bedroom? It adds a touch of whimsicalness and romance that sets the tone for your home being warm and inviting. You can get them for $10 at Target!
Trees are such simple accessories but oh so necessary. They are known to help stress levels drop, they produce oxygen in the air which also will in turn help ease insomnia at night for a good night sleep, and add a POP of nature and color for your home to make it come alive. They're inexpensive and easily accessible! I suggest a money tree or a bamboo tree to get you started. Orchids are beautiful too but they are hard to take care of if you aren't into watering plants very much. Also, succulents are PERFECT for the lazy nursery type. They hardly need any attention or water, and look SUPER cool in urban & youthful settings. I listed some artificial trees below if you REALLY don't like the upkeep ;)
Mirrors are amazing. Because not only can they create a place for you to get ready, check yourself out, and add something framed that you don't have to put much thought into. But they make a small space look bigger. Which in turn, not all people like the fact that they have a small living space, so why not add some "contouring" to a corner and make it seem like theres more than there really is? Im 100% for full body leaning mirrors because they really fill the void of an empty wall or corner, can be used for multiple things, and look gorgeous. You can find some pretty minimalistic large mirrors for decent prices at IKEA and Overstock.com.
I really suggest this one only for people that DON'T have animals. Animals tend to like urinating and shitting all over these things so, unless you have a majestic animal that understands your feelings & the value of an inanimate object, Id go for something dark or neutral and meant for indoor / outdoor uses with a busy pattern just in case. If you don't have animals, shaggy rugs make for a perfect texture to fill the "warmth" void in a home & add a little depth. It could be just what you need to make a home into a home! Rugs are meant to add a visual effect to a space and add to an ambiance. For me, shaggy rugs have always been the perfect mix of minimalistic and busy. It can go with any motif or temperature preference (warm or cool tones). I suggest a synthetic because no baby animals were harmed in the making of it and also, your wallet will thank you later.
Last but not least...
Crystals / Incense / Books / Pictures aka "Nicnacs"
Go to your local metaphysical book store and pick out some stones that you vibe with & some incense. Most metaphysical book stores or a regular book store has a $1 section and you can pick and choose some awesome looking old or new books to stack around the house. Put the crystals and books on tables, mantles & nightstands around your home and you got yourself a cute ass living space id say! Its the small things :) Light some incense or sage and your candles to cleanse the energetic space in your home and you're all set!
I hope you enjoyed this post and that it helped somewhat. Some examples that you can actually purchase are below! Talk soon <3 xo