Guest Choices: 10 Resolutions for Home and House

The new year has arrived! Eating healthier and exercising more are worthy goals, to be sure, but why not aim to host more parties, cheer up your bedroom and save up for that 1 statement piece you’ve had your eye on? It is New Year’s Resolution time for your home and home, and these are goals you will really need to maintain! — Laura from Lolalina

Design Within Reach

Neutra House Number, Red – $48

Resolution No. 1: Increase curb appeal.
Swap out your home numbers for a fast and effortless style update. I love these oversize numbers in vivid red. They’d look perfect on a mid century home.


FIM Agate Bookends by RabLabs – $200

Resolution No. 2: Add a little glamour.
Accent pieces in metallic silver, bronze or gold, or with crystal, geodes, Lucite, mercury glass, or shiny lacquer is going to do just fine. I adore these agate bookends from RabLabs; they are gorgeous and truly useful.

Calypso St. Barth

Faux Fur Throw – $350

When you have something blingy like these gilded bookends, it is time to coating in a decadently soft piece to fill out the glamour equation. This luxurious faux fur throw from Calypso St. Barth would fit the bill nicely.

Pottery Barn

Caterer’s 12-Piece Dinnerware Set – $39

Resolution No. 3: Host more celebrations.
Hosting impromptu get-togethers will not feel so stressful if you’re well prepared, therefore dedicate a shelf in your pantry to party gear. Stock up on easy white dishes, like these caterer’s sets from Pottery Barn, cheap wine glasses, and boxes of unscented candles.

Linda Ferrol Studio

Glass – $20

If your regular dishes and glassware are mismatched or simply lacking style, why not refresh matters for your new year? I urge simple, chic glasses like these for everything from water to wine. They work equally well for daily family meals and celebrations with friends.


Cherry Handled Cutting Board – $129.95

Always maintain a few smooth timber functioning boards of different sizes available. They are fantastic for serving everything from beans and cheeses to appetizers, which means you are bound to find yourself reaching for them all the time.

The Home Depot

Cast Stone Medici Urn, Granite Finish – $99

A pair of these classical urns are just right flanking the front entrance, particularly when full of greenery. They may look heavy, but the pure stone is mixed with resin to make them light enough to maneuver.

Super Rural

X-Bench Pair – $1,500

Resolution No. 4: Add more color.
Attempt hanging an oversize art print at a bold color; subsequently pick up the same color in an accent piece for a cohesive texture.

Calypso St. Barth

Zig Zag Jaipuri, Pink/Ivory – $195

Painting an accent wall is also a natural option, but if you’re feeling unsure, try the waters with a little piece. I’m smitten with this pink zigzag rug. Layered over a plain, natural fiber carpet, it would add tons of oomph without much commitment.


Jasper Conran at Wedgwood Kilim 3-Piece Tea Set – $200

Even the badly color-shy can handle a bit of pop. Once you notice how color makes you feel, you may find yourself adding more. This bright and bold tea collection could be a wonderful place to begin, and it is sure to lure you to have a suitable tea break!

The New Domestic

Bon Journey, Process Yellow – $70

Resolution No. 5: Eventually finish all those failed projects.
Prepare yourself for success by placing all your most-often-used decorating instruments in a single (chic) place. I’ve picture-hanging cable, pliers, finishing nails, painter’s tape, a hammer, level and cordless drill in my kit.

Blissliving Home

Ayanna Sheet Set, Citron – $225

Resolution No. 6: Cheer up your bedroom!
Clear out the mess, put a little vase of fresh flowers on your nightstand and catch a fresh set of sheets at a fun color or pattern. I’ve my eye on this place with a bright citron trim. It would seem so symmetrical peeking out from under a crisp white coverlet.


Paris Graffiti Yellow Heart Wall Art Yellow by Little Brown Pen – $75

Put an art print that makes you happy where you can see it when you first open your eyes in the daytime. Bonus points if the color ties in with your bedding!


Custom Made Illustrated House Portrait by Rebekka Seale – $100

Resolution No. 7: Personalize your distance.
Monogrammed linens or dishes are always a nice option, but why not take matters a step farther and commission a personalized house portrait? This would also make a very special gift for the besties who just purchased their first home.

Palmona’s Nest

Custom Made Table Chat Napkin Rings – $58

In addition, I love these custom napkin rings made from reclaimed wood. They are beautiful, distinctive and sustainable.

Pandan Bin Metallic – $28

Resolution No. 8: Get organized.
First, pare down your belongings to the truly useful and beautiful; it is a continuous process, I know. Then, it is time to select the right containers for your stuff. I’m over the moon for these textural metal bins out of Serena & Lily. They’d be ideal in an entryway.


Blooming Branch Hook – $24

Streamline your morning routine by hanging your outfit onto a pretty hook the night before. This floral version hung onto the back of my bedroom door could make me smile each morning, and it is sturdy enough to handle a thick jacket or suit.


Ruffoni Copper Cookware Set – $1,098

Resolution No. 9: Cook more frequently.
Start with a clean slate. Clear out your cookware cupboards, just keeping everything you use and enjoy. If you have to replenish your set, why not invest in something display-worthy similar to this aluminum collection from Ruffoni? It is gorgeous.


Cuccina Terza Dishtowel – $4.95

Get inspired to cook by swapping out those frayed and faded kitchen towels for a stack of cute linens. I like these in refreshing minty green.


Mineral & Might Dining Table – $5,998

Resolution No. 10: Save up for a amazing statement piece.
Pick something that represents your personal style rather than following a fashion. This dining table made from the trunk of a reclaimed cedar looks as though it came from an enchanted woods. It is definitely splurge-worthy!

Next: New Year’s Resolutions for Your Kitchen and You

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