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Why This Interior Design Duo Believes It’s More Important Than Ever to Update your Space

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Why This Interior Design Duo Believes It’s More Important Than Ever to Update your Space

You’ll feel better, promise.

We’ve all been cooped up inside for quite some time, and at this point, it’s understandable that you might be getting a little bit tired of your surroundings. Whether you’re staying with your parents, quarantining with a loved one, or in your own abode, chances are you’ve thought about changing up your space.

According to Shannon and Brittany of STUDIO LIFE/STYLE this is the perfect time to do it! This design duo is known for making homes and commercial spaces alike gorgeously chic (I mean, have you seen their IG?) so we’re inclined to believe them. But how do we start revamping our homes ourselves? We chatted with them to learn all about why a clean and cozy space is essential to mental health and how to make your space feel like new (without spending a penny).

TS

How does interior design affect mental health?

SW

Your surroundings can absolutely reflect how you feel. If you are surrounded by disorganization and clutter, it’s easy to feel that way too. If you simply freshen up your space with things like flowers and candles, it can set a peaceful tone that’s much needed for mental health.

BZ

Good design can elevate your mood and give a sense of ease. This is critical now that many of us are working from home — living in a space that is both functional and comforting is more important than ever. I find that I need my home workspace to be tidy, have the proper lighting, and have fresh flowers or a candle burning if possible. 

TS

Now that people are spending more time at home, what tips can you give our readers for sprucing up their spaces?

SW

Declutter! It’s a perfect time to purge and donate items. Once the space is fresh, you can layer with fresh flowers. Springtime is here and colorful blooms can make a space feel renewed.

BZ

I agree, fresh flowers make every space feel warmer! If you don’t want to spend the money buying them, you can forage for branches and flowers in your yard or while out on a walk. I also think rearranging your furniture or accessories can make a space feel fresh. Try taking everything off of your bookshelf and starting over with re-styling it. 

“Your surroundings can absolutely reflect how you feel.”

TS

What’s the biggest design mistake you see people making in their homes?

SW

Not having a cohesive thread. Sometimes people do different designs in each room and that results in a lack of continuity.

BZ

Not designing for the architecture of the house.  We definitely try to keep the style of the structure in mind when selecting finishes, lighting and furniture. Not to say it can’t be a playful juxtaposition, but we try to keep the style consistent.  

TS

Styling things like bookshelves bar carts, and nightstands is harder than it looks! What’s your advice for doing it like a pro, and what are some of your favorite things to display in places like these?

SW

Balance is key! Add different elements like books, trays, ceramics, vases, and knick-knacks that vary in weight and height so things feel layered. I love the Soho House coffee table book, EAT, DRINK, NAP (that’s my dream mantra), Cire Trudon’s Spiritus Sancti Candle, and a leather tray as a catch-all.

BZ

Trying to find balance with the objects is the goal…. even if it’s perfectly unbalanced. Play with materials, shapes, sizes and weight. I love to add leaning artwork into bookshelves and of course fresh flowers or a small potted plant. I’m also loving Athena Calderone’s book Live Beautiful, Byredo’s Cotton Poplin candle, and this set of chain links from MQuan.

TS

Where do you find inspiration for your designs?

SW

Travel for sure! Lately I’ve been going through design magazines, which at times can feel like a thing of the past. It’s very different from seeing images on Pinterest! On Instagram, @sketchfortytwo has had great inspiration recently.

BZ

Definitely travel. We are typically traveling quite a bit and love to find something new or special in every city or country we visit.  Recently, I’ve been turning to good old fashioned books!  I’ve been collecting design books for years and finally have the time to really dive into them. I’ve also been loving @vandervelpen, @andy_villasana, and @est_living on Instagram.

TS

What are your favorite affordable places to shop for interior design?

SW

In all honesty, we end up sourcing a lot from Zara Home & West Elm when we’re on a budget. They are all reliable, well designed and affordable!

BZ

I was going to say the same! We’ve also found great pieces on Etsy, and Lulu and Georgia have great items too.

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