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Bring the Outdoors Inside: Comfy Sofas, Books, Plants and a Good Cup of Coffee

Justine Morris

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Instagram: @home_and_abroad

Houston, Texas

5 Tips for Designing a Nurturing Space

1. Always invest in pieces that you love.

2. Don’t forget lighting, it’s crucial to creating the mood. Lamps and candles are a must.

3. Layering; I love to stimulate the senses by layering various tones and textures.

4. Add a touch of nature. Beautiful potted plants can visually enhance the feel of a room.

5. Less is more. By using clever storage such as gorgeous baskets, you can hide the clutter of everyday life.

 

Design Hacks Your Want to Share?

Think outside the box when decorating and you can often create something beautiful. A basket can easily become a gorgeous hanging light. Beautiful food containers can become vases. Things from nature such as fallen branches, feathers and leaves can look amazing when displayed.

 

"I BELIEVE YOUR HOME SHOULD TELL THE STORY OF WHO YOU ARE AND BE A COLLECTION OF WHAT YOU LOVE."

 

Design Rules

Yes, there are a few simple ones that I use all the time. Accessories always look better when displayed in odd numbers. Designers typically use groupings of 3 or 5. Layer the lighting in a room. Overhead, general, task and accent lighting.

 

What is essential to creating a personal sanctuary?

I believe your home should tell the story of who you are and be a collection of what you love. For me, it’s all about bringing the outdoors in. Comfy sofas, books, plants and a good cup of coffee.

 

Ways to make a space come alive?

Add something to your walls; it can be family photos, kids drawings, wall hangings, signs or baskets. Really, the list is endless.

 

How To Capture Gorgeous Images

Natural light! I try to capture most of my pictures early in the morning as one side of our house gets fabulous morning light.

 

Q: What you wish you would've known when you were younger?

"THAT LIFE IS FABULOUS WHEN YOU LEARN TO BE COMFORTABLE IN YOUR OWN SKIN. JUST BE TRUE TO WHO YOU ARE AND YOU WILL BE HAPPY.

 

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Where do you do most of your collecting?

I love picking things up when we travel and exploring junk stores.

 

Where do you shop to find shop to find your pieces?

I love Etsy and you can’t go past Target and HomeGoods for a good bargain.

 

If you had to design a room in one color, what would it be?

That’s easy, white in all different tones and textures.

 

What hashtags do you use to find awesome design on Instagram?

#mydomaine #mynordicroom #apartmenttherapy #jungalowstyle #thenewbohemians

 

Where do you start when you remake a room?

An unexpected find or art piece will inspire a space redesign.

 

What’s the fastest way to shift a space?

Accessories, such as, pillows, throws, candles, flowers, can quickly transform any space.

 

One of your favorite quotes.

“Be a lover, not a fighter. But always fight for what you love.”

 

Something we wouldn’t know about you?

I’m a happy crier. I cry at everything. My girls find it so embarrassing.

 

The 411

I am a wife and mother to three girls and one spoodle. I am Australian and we were transferred to Houston by my husband’s company seven years ago. I don’t know if this is forever, but we are enjoying the adventure.

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