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Luxury Living | 5 Picks To Transform Your Living Space

April 28, 2022

I can often be found in the garage working on my next DIY project or creating with my kids and husband who are a daily inspiration and the "why" behind what I do. An avid baker, I am often making a new bread recipe, baking homemade cinnamon rolls, or desperately trying to drink the rest of my coffee while it's hot. My mission? To help others create and cultivate a home that they love!

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You could say that I’ve been sourcing quite a bit, which always leads me to find suitable alternatives at various price points. This brings me here to talk about how to add luxury finds to your everyday life and transform your space. 

It all starts with how you sleep – so naturally, I chose the finest bedding you can get your hands on. Linen is exceptional for durability, eco-conscious, and effortlessly earthy. Forming healthy habits for your home improves your well-being and infuses a  change in your routine that helps you achieve your goals. That’s why I chose to dive into picks to transform your living space and, in turn, will change your life for the better. 

Bedding | Luxe Essentials To Transform Your Sleep Routine

My favorite places to shop for sophisticated bedding:

Parachute Home – the softest and most luxurious bedding in earthy and desert-inspired hues with modern takes on classic pieces

The Citizenry – modern and minimal color palettes to let you focus on restful sleep – fair trade certified (build your bundle here)

Amazon – I’ve sourced the best finds to give you the cozy feel for your bed – for less!

Linen duvet set for under $150

Want another cozy tip? Add two duvet inserts to your duvet – it is as luxurious as it sounds!

Rugs | The Foundation For Your Space

The foundation of a room sets the tone of your space and offers a pleasant place under your feet – unless you’re stepping on Legos or bristle blocks – I don’t recommend that. For the ultimate in luxury, spring for a wool rug, and with proper care, it will last for many years. 

The materials used in the rug are an essential consideration – if you have allergies, many opt for wool construction for its durability and timelessness. The durability of wool is incredible, as long as you are willing to accept some growing pains as it adjusts to your space. Wool rug shedding is entirely normal, and you should only do vacuuming without using the beater bar. Wool sourced from Nepal and New Zealand has a higher lanolin content, making them more desirable. 

For those with families or pets, a polypropylene-based rug is your jam. The durability makes them a workhorse for your home and often at a lower-cost investment. My favorite way to deep clean these types is with a hose outside! I also recommend that you only vacuum without using a beater bar and switching directions to encourage the pile to stand tall. It doesn’t get much simpler than that. 

As for the elephant in the room – washable rugs, firstly, they are often low-pile height which means they are pretty thin underfoot. Secondly, they usually have issues with curling at the corners of the attachment point to the base, and if you have OCD like me, it will be a bother. 

Curtains | Transform Your Room

The “shirt” of the room – can blend in or stand out – it’s all about creating the mood for your space. These are a great place to splurge if it’s within the budget, but you can often recreate a luxe look for less. Want to make them look even better? Grab a steamer and watch them transform before your eyes! 

The Shade Store – sample to your heart’s content and let them walk you through getting the necessary measurements – excellent customer service!

IKEA – the generous cuts of the panels and the fact that you can buy them in a set? Sign me up! Grab some curtain clips, and you’ve got it!

Amazon – custom linen curtain options for a fraction of the cost; Ready-made options here

Seating | A Comfy Space To Unwind

I know firsthand how crazy lead times can be these days – but there are multiple options to provide you with quality pieces for less without waiting six months for a sofa!

Article – with industry-leading lead times, this is a great go-to for quality seating, especially if you’re in a pinch and you needed something yesterday.

Joybird – with a wide assortment of upholstery options and multiple performance-grade fabrics, you can also have your chair and eat cake!

FloorFound – this is a hidden gem! While it helps to know what you’re looking for, you can score deep discounts on like-new items ready to ship. While slight defects or dirt may be, cleaning is much less costly than a brand-new item.

Paint | Transport Your Space & Invoke A Feeling

Want to switch up our space? Yes! Change up the color – and if you DIY your application, you save tons of time and money, which leaves you more money in your pocket for that awesome accent chair you’ve had your eye on! Color is both transformative and transporting – where do you want to go?

Backdrop Home – the lowest odor paint I’ve ever used, and now offered in half-gallon sizes and cabinet paint! Sampling is easy and mess-free with peel and stick large sheets.

Did I mention they also have excellent quality wallpaper to match? We transformed the Modern Minimal Home project with this paint – check it out here.

Remember that infusing luxury in your home doesn’t have to cost a lot – choose options you can implement quickly and feel natural. Creating a space that makes you feel good is a form of self-care!


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