Home Oasis

When you rent like I do it feels like you are constantly working towards getting your home to feel like it is yours. I really wish it was as simple as pack up, move, and unpack. But it’s not. Pieces you had in your old place seem to rarely fit in your new space. Once this realization hits, it then takes more time to save up and hunt for new pieces. Needless to say, my own home is a constant work in progress. The good news is that there is hope for anyone else who finds themselves in a similar scenario whether they rent, just moved into a new home, or have lived in their home for years.

So how do we make a successful plan of action? There are a few steps involved. In my opinion, the first step is the hardest. We need to figure out what our style is. This isn’t what you like and what you don’t like because that is still too broad of a spectrum. Most of us like and appreciate many design styles but that doesn’t mean they ring true to our personal style. We need to dig deeper and figure out the nuances that define what we truly like to be surrounded by day in and day out. For me, I would describe my personal style as earthy, cozy, warm, and refined.


Next, we need to start a mood board (see above). Pinterest is a great tool for this but you could also gather magazine clippings, photos, etc. Gather images that fit your style and be sure to make edits along the way in order to make sure nothing slips through that shouldn’t. This board can include pieces you already own as well as new pieces. From there, start elaborating on this by searching for actual finishes and furniture pieces you will need to create your space.

Finally, comes the budget. You have formulated a beautiful space on paper but you can’t afford all the pieces you have selected. You certainly do not have to purchase the exact pieces on your mood board but it does keep your style in focus so when you are out shopping you will be able to move along with less distractions because you will have your end goal in mind. If you are able to stick to your mood board then you will be able to create a space that you will love living in day in and day out. Your home should be your oasis!

Elizabeth Widdis