Tuesday, August 1, 2017

New Home Must-Haves

Moving into a new home can be SO. OVERWHELMING. With all the people you need to contact to update your address - utilities, post office, cleaners, doctor's offices, family and friends, there's always something to do to keep you busy. Not to mention unpacking boxes! Confession: we moved into our home four years ago and I just unpacked our last box when we made over our guest room this spring. I know it's ridiculous; I have no excuse.

Today, with my friends over at Casper, I wanted to share six things to put on your shopping list to make settling into your new home much more relaxing. After all that work, you deserve to enjoy yourself a little! Not only did we make this handy list, I have curated a few of my favorites for you below, complete with links to make your life easier.

1 | A fresh new rug can feel so good on your tired feet. A floor covering can add some personality to a room, help with acoustics, and just make a room feel lived in. I love this choice from Lulu & Georgia because it's very reasonably priced and neutral enough to go with any decor style and your existing furniture. If you have little ones, maybe go for something highly patterned and brightly colored, to help hide staining.

2 | Artwork is a great way to add color and personality to a new room. If you are new to the town, I highly recommend visiting an art show to purchase your new piece. Not only will you have something beautiful for your walls, you'll also be supporting local artists and have an opportunity to socialize with your new neighbors. This beauty I'm showing above is by a local painter and former framer I've worked with quite a bit. I love the series he created inspired by the turtles in the river in our city.

3 | There is nothing better than slipping onto fresh sheets and pillows at the end of the day. When we moved into our home we bumped our existing mattress over to the guest room and picked up a new one for our bed. Immediately the bedroom felt like luxury escape, amidst the clutter of boxes around the house. Create a sanctuary in your bedroom so at the end of the day you can't be bothered by the to-do list and you can get some much needed zzz's. Casper also makes it super easy on you - no need to schedule a delivery time or haul the mattress yourself. Your new one shows up in a neat box right on your doorstep.

4 | Recently I've loved using my essential oils in a diffuser. You can easily create fresh or calming scents just by adding a couple drops of your favorite blend to a diffuser. My personal favorite is lemon, peppermint, and lavender because it's clean and refreshing. If you're wanting something a little more relaxing, try lavender and eucalyptus.

5 | New home, new life. Adding some greenery to your living spaces really breathes new life into a space. While a real plant is preferred, a good ol' artificial one can do the trick for you black thumbs. I may be speaking from experience on this one; I have actually killed air plants and cacti. No sense in risking it if you're anything like me.

6 | Possibly the easiest must-have, a new doormat can do wonders for making you feel good about walking into your new house. There are millions of styles out there, just choose one that represents you and your family. I love the classic look of this one but there's nothing wrong with a bold colorful pattern either.

What are some things you would encourage someone to pick up for their new home? Whether it's practical or for comfort, leave your ideas in the comments to inspire others. If you have anyone in your life getting ready to move, or just recently moved, be sure to share this page with them!

p.s. If you are ready to purchase from Casper, I would love for you to use my referral link! It saves you money and also puts something back in my pocket. xoxo