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Got the Fever?

Spring is right around the corner. That means, spring fever is here. Now. I’m sure you’re feeling it just as much as I am. Cold, dreary, rainy days, stuck inside with little to do except stare at your old, worn furniture and your six year old wall paint colors.But those beautiful mid-60’s days are here too, which is making the wintery days even harder!

If you’re a do-er (like me) and sitting around waiting for spring is just not an option, I’ve created a list of things that will not only fill your time, but also feed your soul. I think it’s so important in the current age of technology to do things that can disconnect us. Give our minds a break from constant information overload. Give our souls a break from constant FB envy and Pinterest board fails. Create, engage, awaken, impart.

Here are 5 ways I like to disconnect –

Create Something

Even if you are not a creative at heart, there are so many ways to express yourself and your creativity. For me it’s artwork. I studied art in school, I’ve taught art, and creating art is my happy place. There are small pieces of artwork sprinkled through my house – things that might have only taken me 20 minutes – but pieces that speak to my soul and are part of a process of releasing and filling.  If you’re not an artist, search for art that does speak to you.

But don’t do it on the screen of your phone.

Visit a museum, find a catalog, go shopping in TJ Maxx or Target, get your camera and take photographs of objects and places. Get inspired by nature. TRY to draw or paint! Once you can get past the mentality of art being something of perfection and precision, you can find the heart and soul of the artist and release your fears to create a beautiful work you are proud of!

Take this opportunity to bring that piece of your heart to your home. Create a work of art or find a work of art, then display it in your house! This can be big, small, multiples (like a wall full of photos) or even super simple, but adding artwork creates a personalized space that can be so expressive, so vulnerable, yet so comforting.

Write a letter

I love this. There is something so intentional and so personal about letter writing, not only for the giver, but for the receiver as well. Haven’t you ever rifled through your grandparents closets and found a box of love letters?! (Okay, maybe that stuff only happens in movies, but still!) I believe this is a lost art, but it doesn’t have to be! We still have mailboxes, they still deliver things across the country, and they still sell stamps (you can even buy them online). Again, this doesn’t have to be super fancy, or even super personal, a simple card, just to say “hello” can put a smile on your face and bring unknown happiness and joy to the person who receives it. Go out and find some pretty paper and nice pens. Sit down in a quite space with a cup of coffee and think of a person you want to bless. Someone who needs to hear from you. Someone who needs some light and joy.

If you’re not into writing letters, find some cards or letters that have been written to you. Things you’ve saved that are important to you and frame them! Why would you save something in a box in your closet?! Create a beautiful work of art by displaying those personal, joy-filled moments in your home. Find a local, custom framing shop (or even Hobby Lobby), take your items in with an idea of what kind of frame fits with your home decor, and let the professional do the rest. You would be astounded at how this seemingly meaningless piece of paper can be transformed into a beautiful work of art!

 

Create an Indoor Succulent Garden 

It might be too cold still to get out and garden, but that should not stop you from getting your hands dirty with some potting soil and plants! These beautiful, easy-to-care-for plants can liven any space with little work. Buy cute planters, or even find un-used coffee mugs and other vessels in your house, and get a few small succulents from your local home improvement store. They are stocked year round and usually in pretty good shape. And if these low maintenance plants are take care of properly, they will flourish and grow beyond what you ever could have even imagined!

If you have never owned any succulent plants, be sure to read up on care for each specific type of succulent you purchase, as they all have different light, watering, and even potting needs.
Get Started on Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a daunting task, it can even be fun for the non-cleaner (like myself)! Taking this task in chunks, or using the compound effect will create a decluttered, more organized you before you even realize you have cleaned anything!

Get into a space that stresses you out; It can be your pantry, your closet, your bathroom, your guest room/junk room. Begin with a vision and a clear direction of the task at hand, and just go little by little. A good rule of thumb, if you haven’t used it, meaning it hasn’t been touched, in two years, then get rid of it.

note* Be honest and strict with yourself – don’t find something in your closet you haven’t worn in six years and think to yourself, “Oh there it is! I am going to keep this so I can wear it now that I’ve found it!” Because you won’t.

Spend only 15 minutes a day going through one area of the space; so for example, if it is a pantry, tackle one shelf at a time. Make lists of things you need to buy to re-stock or re-organize the space (containers, baskets, etc) and again, do a little day by day. Before you realize it, the space will be clean and de-cluttered and you will not have spent three whole days looking at your spice rack!

Don’t these spaces just make you drool?
Create a Gorgeous Guest Space

This is one of my favorite ways to get my home ready for spring. We don’t really have a lot of guests come visit. Actually, we don’t have any guests come visit (ha!), but I still love to have a space where they would feel welcome if they ever did come stay! Creating a great guest space is more than just having cute bedding and nice window treatments; it’s about creating a space that feels like home, even when they are not home.

Obviously, presenting your guests with fresh, clean linens is never a bad idea, but keep it simple while making a statement. Be sure to provide options, so that, if your guest is cold natured, or hot natured, they will be comfortable. Putting a heavy goose down comforter on the bed year round might be too much warmth, especially if your home is located in regions where it does get very warm; just something to consider.

Keep it simple and clean and go the extra mile.

Guests’ love the personal touches and will never be disappointed when they feel as though you’ve gone above and beyond for their sake.

Bring on the Romance

With Valentine’s Day only a few short days away, I thought I would bring you some simple tips and tricks to create a more romantic space. Typically, you want to keep the romance in the most personal rooms of the house (the bedroom, master bathroom, an office, etc.) but, you can also apply these tips and tricks in any space to create a subtle romance that will leave guests feeling welcome and loved.

1. LIGHTING

This is, quite possibly, the smallest change you can make for the most dramatic results in several different areas. Creating a specific mood can be solely determined by lighting. Have you ever been to a place that you’ve almost hated being in, and couldn’t figure out why? Most likely, it was the lighting. Have you ever been dining in a restaurant and felt as though the atmosphere was just right? Again, most likely lighting.

Much of our body chemistry is centered around the day/night cycle, creating what is called a circadian rhythm. When our bodies are not exposed to a healthy amount of natural light, or when they are exposed to a certain amount light giving off a limited spectrum, such as fluorescent lights, it can mess with your circadian rhythm, your hormones, and even your anxiety levels. Fluorescent lights are not only bad for your health, but they can also KILL the mood. Most people associate fluorescent lighting with places like, doctors offices, large warehouse style shopping centers, and office spaces. Not very romantic. So, all of that being said, if you have fluorescent lighting in a space in your home…GET RID OF IT! That change will make a huge difference in the feel of the entire space. Without moving a single piece of furniture or adding any other type of finishes, you can create romance in the style of lighting.

Some other ideas might include,

  • Getting rid of single overhead  lighting

Removing impersonal ceiling fan lighting and adding personalized lamps or fixtures to the bedside can create that homey, romantic feel.

  • Use linear lighting and put them on a dimmer

Using recessed lighting or track lighting offers the intimacy of string lights (or strand lights) with a little added sophistication. Putting those lights on a dimmer can also really increase the functionality of the lights to the space.

  • Candles

Candlelight can make ANY space more romantic, even a hallway. This is an inexpensive way to quickly romanticize any room of the house. Tip: Use several different candles in all sizes in the same display to add dimension and levels.

2. TEXTURES

While you might have gotten lost in my lighting tirade and forgotten what this post was about, I’m getting back to the simple ways to add romance to a room. Adding texture is going to make a huge impact on a space, whether you’re trying to add drama, romance, or fun! There are so many simple ways to add textures and it can be an instant change. Textures can be added in,

  • Furniture
  • Bed Linens
  • Decor
  • Window Treatments

or even in lighting and fixtures.

Simple, subtle textures that work with the rooms color palette and ambiance will create romance with ease. Adding layers and creating dimension can create texture as well, without adding clutter or too much “stuff” to a space.

3. BRING THE INSIDE OUT AND THE OUTSIDE IN

This is probably one of my favorite ways to evoke feeling in a space, but can get quite costly if you let it. Obviously, it is easy to bring the outside in by adding plants to any space. This creates a natural romance by bringing us back to our primal connection with the outdoors. Bringing the inside out, or adding more natural light with larger doors and windows can be a bit more difficult. Sometimes though, the big changes are worth every penny when you see how it can transform a space.

Bringing nature into a space can make it feel more spacious and definitely create personality.  It can be a big statement, or a more indirect relationship, but either way, creates a feeling of connectedness and being whole.

4. MAKE IT PERSONAL

Clearly one of the easier ways to create romance in a space is by personalizing it! Add memorabilia that represents significant times or events in your life. Have important documents or letters framed, hang handmade items, add monogramming to linens and other decor, add a photo wall. The possibilities are endless!

This is where you can really get creative. This simple step can transform a space by making it your own with just a few small details.
Just be sure the details all have meaning. It is easy to get caught up in “cute” decor and lose sight of the personal touch the items were originally intended to have. Adding clutter with too much and not having a good balance of positive and negative space will move the feel from peaceful and romantic, to busy and hectic.

5. COLOR PALETTE

Another simple way to create romance in a space is by keeping your color palette simple and sweet. This does not, by any means, limit you to only using neutrals or dull, dreary colors. As they say, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and I would dare to say the same about romance. Everyone’s vision of romance is different, so creating a space that is uniquely yours is important.

When choosing a wall color, keep in mind any decor you already own or are planning on putting in the space. Keeping a consistent color palette throughout will easily create a romantic, peaceful atmosphere.
Consistency in a color palette can bring a space to life and help declutter by determining what should and should not be on display.
These are just a few of the ways we have successfully been able to create a more personal, romantic ambiance in a space. For more ideas and pictures, check out the link below!

Closets, Closets, Closets

 

Was your new years resolution “to get organized” or to “be more productive”? A great place to start is in your closet.

“Your closet?” you say, YES!! YOUR CLOSET!!

A closet is one of the first places you go in the morning. It can dictate your entire day, creating stress and anxiety and leaving you feeling unprepared.

OR

Your closet can be a haven; a retreat, a place you don’t want to leave, but when you do, leave feeling calm, relaxed, and able to face the day with poise.

Here are just a few of the latest closet design ideas we love here at J.Mozeley Interiors and you will see why. These gorgeous spaces leave little to the imagination in their perfect balance of seen and unseen, luxurious finishes and practicality. These spaces are shifting peoples homes and attitudes.

 

A well organized walk in closet is little more than a dream come true! The use of drawers and display cabinets creates functional storage and beautiful presentation.

Tailored Living

Speaking of functional storage, this practical solutions make getting ready so much easier! Less stress means happier days!

The Container Store

Adding the perfect finishes on every surface completes the look creating different textures throughout the space.

Tailored Living

Add gorgeous lighting like a chandelier for a rich, polished look. Beauty and function at it’s finest. And can we just talk about that shoe storage for a second…TO DIE FOR!!

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Don’t have a walk-in? Creating a perfect closet isn’t about the size of the space, it’s about fully utilizing the space you have. Make guests feel at home with their own luxury closet space, or add the perfect storage solution to your child’s room.

Closet Ideas

Closet Ideas

 

The greatest part about any home renovation project is creating a space that is your own; but you may think some projects are out of reach for you…NOT YOUR CLOSET! If you are tired of your menial, unorganized closet, J.Mozeley interiors can help you fall in love again! With our skilled design team, we can create YOUR perfect retreat and give you back your relaxing, productive mornings.

Check out our website for more ideas and don’t forget to subscribe to our blog! www.jmozeley.com

 

Collect and Display

Bye-Bye ,blank walls personalize your space with prints,mirrors ,books ,and plates you have collected over the years.

 

Take your cherished items and display them as a collection.

 

Light Things Up


One of my favorite ways to spruce up a space is to add unique and fun light fixtures. A new chandelier in your formal dining room can transform the area into a place you want to show off. A splash of elegance is always a good idea. Both of these photos exemplify how light fixtures can inspire a space.