Barbara's big 15
15 easy ways to achieve everyday elegance.
1 Small space solution: Enlarge any room with a simple mirror to bring in the sparkle of light.
2 Use your silver every day, not just for special occasions.
3 Dress windows in fabrics that are the same colour as the walls to visually expand the space.
4 Declutter your rooms every now and then. Simplicity equals elegance.
5 Open up one of your beautiful books to a page that inspires you.
6 Organize your closets; this will instill a sense of order.
7 Remember that a nice stack of fresh towels or linens is a thing of beauty.
8 Cut something fresh, even a branch with leaves, to bring the outdoors in.
9 Uplift humble household items by placing them in pretty bowls or glass jars.
10 Take time to take in what you have. A moment for tea by yourself or with a friend can be wholly renewing.
11 Always choose quality over quantity. It pays dividends.
12 Opt for plain fabric over patterned fabric – life is the pattern!
13 Create daily rituals, such as a warm bath, that make you feel well cared for.
14 Honour the intimacy of bedrooms and bathrooms by leaving shoes outside the door.
15 Treat yourself special because when you feel better about yourself, you treat others better. That’s elegance in motion.