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STEP 3 - Aesthetic curation
Obviously a home should rise some warm and well-being feelings in you. No need to curate your home into a modern all-white aesthetic when you prefer rustic more low-key aesthetics.
Give a look at what you already have. Your favourite blankets, your favourite deco items, your favourite restaurants (for the decor, not food!), places you visited and loved and so on. Snap a few pictures of them, or download pictures of them, then put them all in the same album. Close your eyes, then open quickly... Try to notice what's the FIRST thing that comes to mind when you open your eyes.
Per example, there's my personal room inspo gallery, when I close my eyes and reopen... I see greenery, deep green, nature, natural light, some pink too, some European inspiration, big windows. Maybe you might see it too. The point is to find the common links between what you already love and spin off your whole aesthetic.
Curation of your home and aesthetic is going to take quite a long while. You have to learn about your tastes, needs, what you strive for and what you are, and so on. Trust the process and accept that it CAN'T be rushed. I honestly blame those home renovation shows that rush this whole process and leave zero place for personal taste learning. No way one can make a home perfectly to their taste within 48 hours. NO WAY.
Acquire ONE desired item at a time. So you become comfortable with it and know where to place it in harmony with the rest of the items. Resist to the temptation to buy 37357 items right away. Live with your space, and look what's exactly missing in spaces that don't feel quite right.
Rotate your decor items! It is better to have less than more items, it is easier to clean and easier on the eye. Per example I collect cute colorful mugs, but I grow quite quickly bored of them so I always rotate to have two mugs in use, out of my 25-30ish mugs collection.
STEP 4 - Cozy-ification
Cozyness is extremely personal, one's vision of cozyness can be different from another's. Do not blindly follow someone's aesthetic, create your own aesthetic that brings up feelings of happiness and cozyness within your heart. Feelings of making you so giddly, happy, excited, heart-warmed, and so on. Like as if your heart was being cozied up in a soft pullover.
Again, using the picture gallery you've created, do you notice any items that make you feel like your heart is blanketed in softness?
Texiles, curtains, and other fabric surfaces are extremely helpful to create some warmth in a cold house, If you legitimately don't know what to do, check the fabric situation going on in your house.
Lighting is also extremely important to make a home feel more welcoming. Use WARM light bulbs (it should be shown on the package), a dimmer in most rooms, ambient secondary lighting. Don't hesitate to darken up your home. A lot of great restaurants and spas use less lighting because it brings comfort and cozyness. OPEN your windows too, and use the natural lighting as much as possible!
If your space feels dead... probably you lack plants. They inject life and pep into a drab space, and just require some love (do your research!) to thrive. If you legitimately can't keep plants, check out fake plants but you have to make sure it's great quality. Fakeness, if perceived, can destroy the whole thing down.
It is a HOME, not a magazine-perfect house, it is fine to see that people are living there. Don't panic if things aren't perfectly done or it's messy. Do your best, that's it!
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