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    Updated on Apr 29, 2020. Posted on Aug 1, 2017

    21 Little Changes That'll Make Your Space So Much Homier

    Small, easy changes...big results.

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    1. Put something nice by your door — a plant, nice photos or art, a candle with a scent you love — so you get a little dose of happy every time you walk inside.

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    Even if you don't have space for a drop-zone like Hysterically Ever After does, hang just one photo or art print or motivational poster — whatever is most *you* — to greet you every time you come home.

    2. Ditch the overhead lights and use lamps in the evening to take your couch from laundry-folding zone to cozy reading nook.

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    Overhead lights are great when you need to get things done — they let you see everything clearly, after all — but when it comes time to wind down and relax for the evening, the soft glow of a lamp is so much cozier. See tips for decorating with accent lamps on Fred Gonsowski Garden Home.

    3. Adopt a plant (or two or three) to improve your home's air quality and bring a little nature indoors.

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    Worried about killing them? Some plants, like the pothos (aka devil's ivy) pictured above are very forgiving — put it in a sunny window, water it when it's a little wilted, and it will grow. Learn about 15 other air-quality-improving plants here.

    4. Pick your favorite books to display on your nicest or favorite bookshelf, so you remember how much you liked them.

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    Accessories on your shelves are optional and totally up to what makes you happy, of course. Keep all your other books on a different bookcase, and you'll know which shelf to head for when you need to donate or sell some to make space. Learn more about how to style a bookcase on Style by Emily Henderson.

    5. Refresh a space you've lived in for a while without spending a ~single dime~ by experimenting with different furniture layouts.

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    For tips on how to arrange furniture, check out Midwest Living and Better Homes & Gardens. To play around with different arrangements in a to-scale diagram of your living room, use Pottery Barn's room planning tool.

    6. And give your sofa throw pillows a fresh look by wrapping them in sweaters you no longer wear, no sewing required.

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    It takes just about 5 minutes to do it, start to finish. Get the how-to on Creme de la Craft.

    7. Deck out your walls with affordable wall art you actually love...

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    There's all sorts of art available online that's also affordable, and they all offer framing options (for extra $$), too:

    -Society6 is a marketplace for artists to put up their art and sell prints, so you'll find lots of options for almost any taste. The prices on their prints vary, but range from about $15 to $60.

    -Eyes on Walls offers prints of original artworks; depending on the size, unframed prints range from about $30 to $90.

    -1000 Museums has prints of all sorts of museum works. Depending on how large you want your print, unframed prices range from $16 (for the "petite") to $139 (for the "extra large").

    -Minted has curated fine art prints you can order at a variety of sizes and price points, including the piece pictured on the left, which you can order an 18x24 of for $86.

    Have art you love already, or photos you'd like printed and framed? Framebridge does custom framing and printing for $39-$199.

    8. ...or make your own wall art that fits your wall, your style, and your budget.

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    This was an affordable shower curtain, turned into art with inexpensive wood, a hammer and a few nails. Learn how to do it from House of Jade Interiors, and check out more affordable DIY art ideas here.

    9. While the hammer's out, hang up photos of the people you care about most somewhere you can see them every day.

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    You don't have to be as perfectly matchy-matchy as this affordable gallery wall, but the idea's the same: having photos of people (or dog!) you love in your living space is a no-brainer! Read how she did this gallery wall on a budget on Designing Vibes.

    (More eclectic gallery walls, look awesome, too — and you can mix in prints with your photos.)

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    Get more gallery wall tips and inspiration on Shannon Claire Interiors.

    10. No matter how and where you hang your art and photos, follow this rule so you can actually see the art you love so much.

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    The center of the piece — or the centerline of your your gallery wall — should be 57 inches from the floor. That keeps the art just about at eye level, so you can see it better! Read more about why, and see examples, on Style By Emily Henderson and get a step-by-step for how to actually do it on Apartment Therapy.

    11. Put a rug anywhere you have to stand for a while, like in front of your stove and your kitchen and bathroom sinks, so your feet have somewhere soft and cozy to rest while you work.

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    Having something cushy to stand on while you cook or get ready for bed = more relaxing than standing on a cold floor. See more photos of this kitchen on House on the Fritz.

    12. Pick your messiest corner or cabinet (just one!), empty it out, reorganize it, and breathe a sigh of relief and victory.

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    You might have to get rid of more then a few items, but you don't have to go buy pricey organization products — just use a couple of dollar-store bins or even old shoeboxes instead. Learn about the strategy that worked to clean this cabinet on Eating Richly.

    13. Wrap eyesores like your old Ikea lamp or your excess cords in jute rope to help them feel more decorative and intentional.

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    Learn how to wrap the lamp on Refreshed Designs, and how to wrap the extension cord The Vow. (And if you don't consider your cords or old lamp eyesores, don't wrap 'em!)

    14. Rearrange your fireplace mantel using accessories you already have that speak the most to you.

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    It's an opportunity to show off who you and your family (or, the people you're living with) are — get more tips on CBC.

    15. Keep at least one blanket near your couch, so you never get chilly when you're catching up on your favorite show or reading the book you just bought.

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    It doesn't *have* to be a chunky knit blanket, but if you'd like to learn how to arm knit one yourself, Place of My Taste has a great tutorial.

    16. Or keep a whole basket of blankets out so everyone lounging in your living room can have their own.

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    Twee succulent display *VERY* optional. See more of this home tour on Style Me Pretty Living.

    17. Use your favorite family heirlooms as meaningful decor that reflects your history and the people you love.

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    Read about how this blogger displays her grandmother's poetry — and get tips on how to keep your own heirlooms safe — on Stone Gable.

    18. And if your heirlooms happen to be recipes, frame them using archival-quality materials and hang them in your kitchen, dining room, or eating area.

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    Before you get too worried: the frames are hung on nails in the walls, they're not actually supported by the ribbons. Get tips for framing recipes so they last on Tattered Style.

    19. Hang curtains, and hang them ~high and wide~, so you get an optical illusion that'll make your room feel wider and your ceiling feel taller.

    20. Make up your bed in whatever way feels coziest to you, even if that changes day to day.

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    Love your messy bed? Let it be messy! Really prefer your bed to be made up? Make it up every day. Prefer it to be made up but struggle with actually doing it? Here are 24 reasons that might motivate you.

    21. And if you enjoy candles (scented or unscented!), keep some of them out, and light them regularly, and reeeeellllaaaax.

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    Like on your bedside table, in your bathroom, on your coffee table, and by the kitchen sink.

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