10 Going on 30

I’m not sure if this is normal, but when I was in college, I used to collect magazines and pages of rooms that I absolutely loved.  I of course, was going to have all the money in the world, and was going to make my future home exactly like the pictures in each of the magazines I had collected through the years.

I graduated, moved to Georgia, found my cute little townhouse, and immediately started shopping around for the pieces I had found in the magazine pages from over the years.  I know we’ve all heard the phrase “Champagne taste on a Beer budget”, but really, I couldn’t even afford the Beer option haha!  What most of us realize once we strike out on our own is that really those egg crates and hand-me-down furniture pieces are beautiful, and with all of the “DIY” tricks these days, those can make your home “cute” and you can get away with it for a while.

I’ve realized though, that I’m officially entering “Adulthood” as I’m getting ready to turn the big 3-0 (GASP!!) in March.  I was recently reading through Elle Decor and found a great article they had released stating the “10 Things You Must Have in Your Home by Age 30”.  So naturally, before reading I though, hm…game on!  After reading I realized I have a lot of catching up to do, but thought it would be fun to share some of the things Elle Decor feels are important for any 30-year-old to own.  How many do you have?!  Are there any not on this list that you think should be staple by the time we reach “Adulthood”?  Let us know!

10 Things You Must Have in Your Home by Age 30

1. Art You Love

This could be a special painting handed down through the generations, a painting from a hipster street artist, or even family photos.  Artwork is unique and special to each person.  Find something that strikes you.  Something that makes you feel and causes you to pause.

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2. An Organized Bookshelf

I 100% agree with this one.  There is nothing that can make more of a statement than and organized or stylized bookcase.  I have them in my home, and love placing my favorite knickknacks or pretty books on display.  It’s a great way to add color and character to your home.

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3. Matching Towels

This one I most definitely failed.  I have such a mish-mash of towels in my home.  I have some Whinney the Pooh, Donald Duck, Minney Mouse and a couple stripped beach towels in bright colors.  While usually I’m a fan of mixing colors and patterns, I’m not sure that works in this case!

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4. A Plant

I’m offering an alternate to this one for those of us who do not have a green thumb, or like one of our designers (whose name will remain anonymous for her sake) who intentionally kills plants because they’re too much of a hassle.  I vote a plant OR fresh flowers.  Both are great ways to bring life into your home.  Adding color whether it’s green or bright red with a beautiful bouquet of fresh roses is always a win.

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5. A Nice Mattress and Headboard

Reem actually wrote about some great options for headboards in her post “Why Don’t You Sleep On It?”.  If you are in need of checking this one off of your list, swing by her post and look at some of the easy and beautiful solutions for creating headboards.

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6. A Collection

Does your shoe collection count??? Yes???  Check out these sweet bobble heads I found on Pinterest!

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7. Bathroom Accessories (That Aren’t Plastic)

Well, sometimes the plastic ones are just as cool as the others, so I’ll offer an amendment to this one as well.  Once again, this is a great way to add texture or personality into your bathroom.  I’m going to go get this cool gold tooth toothbrush holder!!

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8. A Favorite Candle (Or knowledge that You’re Not a Scent Person)

I’m SUCH a sucker for the candles at Anthropologie (WHO ISN’T??)  I also love candles like the one shown below that are visually beautiful, offering a no-scent option while still creating that “Homey” feeling you get.

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9. Two Bedside Tables

Okay I am in LOVE with this rustic wood stump side table.  Your tables don’t have to be exact matches if that’s not your style.  Jazz it up and mix your colors and styles!

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10. A Luxurious Throw

I am JUST recently able to check this one off of my list thanks to our Designer Vanessa and Christmas.  She bought me a beautiful throw that is “thrown” on my camel back sofa.  Luxurious can mean many different things.  Just find one that you can snuggle up in on a rainy day, but helps to add a punch to your room when not in use.

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So there we are!  I think I scored a 3 out of 10, but hey, I still have a month!!  If you’re also entering into your 30’s and need help checking some of these great items off your list, go visit our website and we would LOVE to help!

http://www.vrainteriors.com

Posted by: Amy B.

FOCUS on DESIGN

Join me on a journey down memory lane. This week’s blog is giving tribute to the short film the Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames. For those of you, who like me, loves everything Eames knows how intensely magnificent this film is. The Powers of Ten focuses on the relative size of things in the universe and the effects of adding another zero. Then, rapidly returning back to earth at the picnic scene by the lakeside in Chicago. If you observe this scene closely you will notice that no detail is left out. A simple picnic scene turned into a work of art.

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Beginning scene from their film “Powers of Ten”

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This colorful “Powers of Ten” poster features detailed photos of the powers of ten from the scale of the quark (10-18) to the edge of the known universe (10+25). – Eames Office

Let’s dive in and take a look at the “Power of Ten” video created to demonstrate Charles and Ray Eames’ theory described above.  Click on the link below to view:

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You too, can use these technically ingenious principles of design to your own life. For example if am working on a challenging project I push myself to explore the things that surrounds the project or areas I might be interested in that impacts the design of my project. Or I might take my research a step further and take a closer look at it in more detail by diving in. This is just one example of using the Powers of Ten.  But, this concept can also be applied if you are considering looking for a new home or a new job. Just think about stepping back or diving in. Step back and think about how you want your job to fit your lifestyle. Think Big picture! The future. How will this job or career change impact my life? Then, dive into the experiences you may have had at work that were the most rewarding part of your job. Finally, come up with a plan that result in rewarding and fulfilling experiences. Remember Design is all around us we just need to stop and look.

Here are some clever, unexpected  examples of the Powers of Ten!

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Charles once said…

“Any time one or more things are consciously put together in a way that they can accomplish something better than they could have accomplished individually, this is an act of design”. He must have been talking about his life with Ray, because together they were unstoppable at design.

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Charles and Ray Eames

See more about the unique story of Charles & Ray Eames in the documentary “Eames: The Architect and The Painter” – definitely worth watching!

If you need some inspiration or some ideas on how you can use the Powers of Ten on your next project, visit our website and send us a message, or check out our Pinterest page.

Posted by Vanessa M.