If I learned anything from all those episodes of Queer Eye I cried through watched this year, it’s that the state of your home and the way it makes you feel is as important as your own physical appearance. And like your wardrobe, it can be easy to let your home’s appearance (and not to mention, function) take a back seat without you noticing. But it’s not always simple to know what your home is missing if you’ve become complacent with how it looks.
It’s pretty easy to find a checklist of items every first apartment needs, but there aren't as many guidelines after that point in your life. You might be thinking, Well, I don’t need anything else in my home/room/space—if so, New York-based isn’t surprised. She says that’s the biggest argument she has with her clients: “There are two parties in creating the perfect space, the person and the room, and they both have needs! You may only need one chair to sit in, but your 300 square-foot living room certainly needs a set of seating.”
Beyond the style and design influences in your space, Megan says she knows finding the right balance of furnishings for a room can be tricky (which is why we have designers!), but when you really nail it, it makes all the difference.
No matter your lifestyle—whether you live alone or have three kids, whether you host friends every weekend or never invite anyone over—your house should be a sanctuary for you to come home to and a reflection of who you are as a person—and that person isn’t a recent college grad anymore. So if you’re realizing you’ve been neglecting your home, there’s no time like the present. Consider this your checklist.
Maybe you’ve had some cheap blinds in your windows or a black sheet tacked up to block out the light—we don’t doubt you’ve had some sort of window coverings, but are they really the best ones you could install? “Maybe you go custom, or maybe you spend a weekend moving that curtain rod up the wall so that your drapes lightly dust the floor” Megan says. “Window treatments done the right way make all the difference.” The right curtains can make your ceilings look taller and windows bigger, and will instantly give your home that “grown-up” feel you’ve been missing.
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This is an easy and inexpensive upgrade Megan says she always suggests to her clients. “A hodgepodge of dingy cloudy glassware makes for a messy mood in my opinion,” she says. Certainly save any glasses or cups that have memories or sentimental value attached to them, but it’s time to buy a matching set of at least 6 drinking glasses (not to mention wine glasses) to not only impress your guests but also provide some much-needed cohesiveness to your dining table.
This doesn’t have to be a stuffy Impressionist painting if that’s not your style. Prints, photography, watercolors—all of that counts as artwork and buying an original piece doesn’t have to set you back thousands. Now is probably a good time to reevaluate any HomeGoods prints or metallic quotes that no longer resonate with you or your style. And then go to a local art gallery or check out some of the great artists on or .
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If you host people in your home at all, you should have the proper tools and supplies to do so. That includes everything from having ice in your freezer to having proper servingware to put in front of your guests. It also requires having some sort of furniture piece to support those efforts. “Whether it’s a sideboard, bar cart, or simple console table, a dedicated place to help you host can make all the difference,” Megan notes.
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Another fairly simple but necessary suggestion from Megan: “Ditch the over-the-door mirror that's barely wide enough for a 6-year-old (you know the one!), and opt for a full-size floor-length mirror.” There are plenty of options that can lean against the wall or be mounted on it, and as Megan points out, a large mirror will not only make getting dressed more enjoyable, it will also bring in a lot of light and life to your space.