Monday, December 28, 2009

New Year's Resolutions

This year, instead of resolutions where success depends on self-deprivation and steely willpower - the usual suspects of dieting and sticking to a budget come to mind - why not consider New Year's promises that bring beauty and joy into your home and life.

Here are a few suggestions.

Bring fresh flowers or greenery into your home
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And think beyond store bought. Home grown garden greenery or seasonal flowers are just as lovely.

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Put your rooms on a diet. Get rid of clutter and extra furniture.


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Calm and beauty will naturally follow.


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Create a haven for yourself. A comfortable chair in a sunny corner...


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a good book...

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a few pillows and a cozy throw are all you need.


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Make small luxuries part of your everyday life. Thick white cotton towels are not just for guests.


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Use your best china and table ware to make any occasion special.


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Light a fire just because.


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Open your home to family and friends.
Plan at least one dinner party.


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Or a simple tea party.


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Start a garden. On a patio ...

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... deck ...


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or backyard.

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Do you have any home projects or resolutions planned for the New Year? Amber and I would love to hear about them.

Cheers!

Genevieve

3 comments:

Judy said...

De-cluttering is a great resolution! I'm going to keep working towards this!

Rambling Tart said...

Love this, Genevieve! Such a wonderfully positive spin on resolutions :-)

Anonymous said...

What a great resource!