I remember back in the day when I worked at ADAC and bought the most beautiful Asian-inspired ceramic lamps to sit on my bedside table. Over time, I grew to hate those chubby little men staring at me each night. Off with them and in with a wonderful double gourd lamp and drum shade. I cannot tell you the happiness it brought me. If the Asian-inspired look is a must-have for you, at least consider updating the lamp shade.
This need not be an expensive project I promise. TJMaxx and Target have good neutral options. Look for a shade that is pleated or drum shape. No fit and flare please. Granny’s house is great but homebuyers don’t want to buy it.
Pillows, Pillows Everywhere
Can you freshen your look with some large pillows ? IKEA, Ballard, West Elm, Pottery Barn, and some great vendors on ETSY all have them. Don’t buy anything under 24″.
Toss in Some Throws Too
If you’re updating with some pillows, add a throw in too. My affordable favorites are from West Elm. I have two, but Pottery Barn, Target, TJ Maxx, and even Old Navy have them.
Purge the Fake Plants
Although there are limited exceptions, silk plants must go. You may be accustomed to seeing them fill some empty corners or on a table somewhere, but think about it. Do you see them in pictures of beautiful interiors? I think we know the answer to that one. An empty corner is fine, Let your room breathe and modernize your look.
Add Some Real Plants
If you’ve done everything on this list. Reward yourself with a white orchid. I was afraid of them until I learned that even I can keep them around by putting a couple of ice cubes in them every Sunday. You don’t need to go to a high end florist. Trader Joe’s has them. I put the plastic container in a pretty pot, cover with some chartreuse moss that I get from Pike’s and instant gorgeous. Having something living in my home brings me joy.