5 simple ways to freshen up your space

With the holiday decorations and clutter out of the way, it's time to refresh and reset your home.



Plants can be added to any room, even ones that lack a lot of sunlight. New house plants can help scratch the itch of spring planting.

Hopefully the holiday decorations are down, but February is usually still too cold to head outside and garden or dive into spring cleaning. It leaves many itching for things to do, especially to the interiors of our homes. 

Retro Den owners Ashley Daly and Ashley Palmer offer some tips to jazz up your design.

 

1. Add some green to your scene with house plants. 

Plants can be added to any room, even ones that lack a lot of sunlight, according to Daly. Her favorite low-light plants are heart-leaf philodendrons and sansevieria (aka snake plants), as they don’t require much water or care. The ever-popular succulent varieties don’t need much watering, but have varying light needs.

New house plants can help scratch the itch of spring planting, Daly says.

Family heirlooms and unique objects might be tucked away and forgotten in your closet. It's time to bring them into the light!

2. Shop your house before you shop the store. 

Palmer always suggests this to her home-styling clients. “Shop your house” simply means walking through your home and seeing if any pieces — art, furniture, lighting or accessories — might work well, or better, in another space. She encourages inviting a friend over to help “see with new eyes” since you live with the stuff every day.

This also is a good time to rearrange furniture or move pieces to different rooms.  During your walk-through, if you discover an item that’s tired, broken or is something you just don’t care for, start a pile for throwaways, giveaways or resale.

 

3. Change the lighting. 

Lighting is key to design, according to Daly. If a room only has overhead lighting, the addition of lamps — whether table or floor — can reshape the mood or tone of any space. And don’t be afraid to open those curtains for some natural light.

A travel memento, like this lamp depicting Niagara Falls, can add a personal touch to your interior decor.

4. Find a balance between new and vintage. 

Daly and Palmer suggest a balance of vintage and new items when designing a space. “You don’t want all new or all vintage,” Daly says. “You want to find a more balanced ratio that fits you, your lifestyle and your aesthetic.”

 

5. Add meaningful touches to your design. 

Whether it’s family heirlooms, souvenirs from vacations or just a sentimental photograph, Daly says incorporating these into your home design help tell the homeowner’s story. The pair also suggest adding something handmade to any space. “A real person spent time making and creating this item,” which adds its own personal touch, Daly says.

 

The studios at Retro Den

In January, Retro Den welcomed four small businesses to its location at 1216 S. Harvard Ave. Studio spaces house workspace and permanent pop-up retail shops for these Tulsa entrepreneurs:

  • Home textile company House Sparrow Fine Nesting
  • Fabric and notion retailer Owl and Drum
  • Calligraphy and stationery company Laurel and Marie
  • Sewing instructor Mary Make and Do 

 

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