The holidays are over and 2016 is in full swing! We don’t know about you, but we’re already sliding on the resolutions we set for ourselves. We’d much rather focus on bringing our resolutions into our living spaces, and making 2016 the year our homes become the best, most livable, and most beautiful they can be. Here are three ways we’re sweeping change into our spaces.

1. Setting Up A Home Emergency Kit 

This is something many people never get around to setting up, but especially in Canada’s cold climate, it’s important to make sure you’re ready for power outages, snow storms, and other events that might leave you in need of the essentials. The Government of Canada’s website has a great guide to building emergency kits, from the bare-bones to the in-depth, and we have some suggestions too!

2. Decluttering, And Staying That Way 

If you’re the type to go prowling for vintage scores at the thrift store, now’s the time to hit the shops: people are cleaning out cupboards, closets and attics in the hopes of minimizing junk and maximizing space. That said, you’d probably be hard pressed to find someone who managed to keep their spaces decluttered through the end of the year.

main.original.640x0c

(via MyDomaine)

In 2015, we loved Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which dominated the blogosphere because of the drastic results it produced. If you haven’t picked up this book yet, maybe now’s the time – Kondo’s releasing her second book, Spark Joy, to make her decluttering routine even more effective. If you’re still looking for a solution to those areas you just can’t seem to organize, check out this book and see what all the hype is about!

3. Keeping Our Plants Happy 

Container gardening is having a huge design moment lately, and we’re all about it! Anything that keeps our homes looking lush, and full of fresh air, is a definite decor win. Our homes are built with high ceilings and huge windows, which makes them the perfect place to grow a plant – but that doesn’t give you an automatic green thumb! Our three favourite plants for those with a record of killing theirs are below:

Fiddle Leaf Fig

These gorgeous trees are easy to take care of and produce gorgeous results. They’ll grow as tall as you have space for, so those with high ceilings will love their ability to add colour and texture to a large wall.

52f90d9d697ab046d5001ac7._w.540_s.fit_

(via Apartment Therapy)

Snake Plant

This one is beyond easy, and has great air-purifying abilities, too. Just keep the soil drained and place near a south-facing window. They grow fast, so don’t be afraid to repot if yours is getting too big for its current home.

Snake_Plant_(Sansevieria_trifasciata_'Laurentii')

(via Wikipedia)

Cacti

All cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti – kind of confusing, right? Many soft succulents, the kind with no needles or spikes, can be a bit tricky to make happy. They’re easy to overwater and can be fussy about sunlight. Cacti, however – and that means the kind with needles – are much easier. Just keep the soil drained and keep them in a bright space, and they’ll be happy as clams. Plus, their increasing popularity means you’ll find more interesting types at your nursery or garden centre. A super-fun way to add texture and colour to any room.

Top view of cactus and succulents background

(via 123RF.com)

  • Do you have resolutions for your home? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook. 
  • Want to know more about our California-inspired homes in the GTA? Contact us here.