With 2020 drawing many closer to home, whether it be working from home remotely, or focus being turned to distance learning, we have spent more time in our homes than ever. We asked Wendy Glaister of Wendy Glaister Interiors (https://wendyglaisterinteriors.com) what her take was on trends up and coming, as well as where people are shifting their focus and priorities on home features. A few key areas to take note of moving into 2021, are coziness, comfort, and control!
Comfort means something different to each of us, and 2020 put things into perspective for us all. While we were stretched by unforeseen circumstances across all sections of life, comfort at home became even more significant. A few ways we see comfort highlighted in 2021 would be investing in quality comfort items like couches made to withstand the extra wear and tear; options for fireplaces, and a return to classic colors and timeless style.
Nothing says comfort like a warm glow coming from a fireplace! There are plenty of options out there, even if you don’t have a traditional fireplace or gas line available. Electric fireplaces have come a long way, and many quality options are out there if you don’t have a gas line. Gas fireplaces are clean, convenient and add the cozy element without the hassle of traditional inserts. Locally, Valley Fire Place in Salida has great variety and expertise in a variety of gas, wood, pellet and electrical products. Below is a before and after by Wendy Glaister.
In terms of the comfort of couches, quality is key. Look for performance fabric designed for wear and tear. The value of a good warranty and upholstery care can be found locally at Bordonas, and At Home. An upside to shopping local for these items, is the dependability and great customer service, where online retailers and big box stores may lack.
Classic colors and styles have made a comeback, with clean and timeless lines. Greige and Beige are widely popular neutrals (a bit warmed up, and less cool), organic textures, and accent walls with wallpaper and even painted stencils for a fun change. In addition, spaces are becoming more minimalist, with less visual clutter and less “stuff” in rooms. Keep on reading to get some serious help with this!
If only we had more control over life’s circumstances! One thing we can control is our home environment; this means taking control of your space, and the things in it. Clutter can leave us feeling overwhelmed and exhausted, like you will never be able to fully relax, or enjoy your space. When 2020 forced us into our homes a whole lot more, we were faced with our clutter on a deeper scale. Many of us had to make “home offices” overnight; and set up learning stations for the kids. If clutter is still overwhelming you into the new year, here are some tips to overcoming the post- holiday (really post-2020) clutter overwhelm:
Start with just one room and begin in one corner, and work your way around through every drawer, shelf, and container
Pull EVERYTHING out. Completely empty each drawer or shelf, and lay everything where you can see it. Start 3 piles: Toss it, Donate it, and Keep it. Aim to have your Keep it pile the smallest!
Watch the Home Edit or Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix for practical examples and motivation
If you haven't worn an article of clothing or pair of shoes in the past year, it’s probably time to part with it.
For the kids- make picking up their toys and clean clothes into a “race” with some fun music. See who can pick up the most during a five minute timer
It is my hope that this year of 2021 is far cozier and more comforting that 2020, and that with a few of these practical tips you are able to enjoy your space as it is meant to be enjoyed!
Find Wendy here: https://wendyglaisterinteriors.com
Valley Fire Place: http://www.valleyfp.com
At Home: https://www.athomemodesto.net