Living With Style: New Beginnings, New Spaces

By Sasha Witte
Gazette Columnist
Jan 27, 2018 

Many of our clients come to us to assist them with changes to spaces they have been in for years.  But every now and then we have clients come to us who have just moved into a new home and are trying to figure out ways to make it their own.

Here are a few ideas for making a new space feel very much your own.

Living With Style: Wall Gallery

Turn a wall into a gallery of family and travel memories.

—Gazette photo by Sasha Witte

Turn A Wall Into A Gallery

If you’ve got a big empty wall space in the family room, stairwell or hall, turn it into a gallery of your memories. Blowup your favorite photos and pair them alongside paper trinkets like concert tickets, city maps or train stubs.

Choose different sized frames of the same color and material for each of your items and place them on the wall. The best part about this project is that you can switch out the paper souvenirs after every new trip and lead into effortless conversation starters for guests!

Add Mirrors To Small Spaces

Living With Style: Mirror

Add mirrors in small spaces to open them up and add light.

—Gazette photo by Sasha Witte

An easy trick to making smaller spaces look bigger is to add mirrors. Place a large mirror on a wall opposite a window. It will reflect natural light coming in from the window and give the illusion of wider space.

Living With Style: Fresh Paint

Cover a piece of wooden furniture in fresh paint to give it a new and refreshed look.

—Gazette photo by Sasha Witte

Cover A Piece Of Wooden Furniture With Fresh Paint

Whether it’s a stool, bench, kitchen chair or a desk — a fresh coat of paint does wonders for an old piece of furniture.

Choose a color that matches your accent pillows and throws. Don’t be afraid to go for non-earthy/non-traditional tones, like sea foam green or navy blue.  This is an especially great idea if you have beach cottage style interior.

Get Rid Of Bulky Furniture

Sometimes the best way to add style and taste to your home is to remove something you have been carrying around for a number of years. Take a look at your bulky furniture pieces and ask yourself, “Do I need this? Do we use this? Would I be ok with parting with this?”

Living With Style: Remove Bulky Furniture

Consider letting go of big bulky furniture and replacing it with more human scale pieces to open up a room.

—Gazette photo by Sasha Witte

If the answer is yes to any of these questions, consider taking it to a thrift store and donating it. Removal of bigger furniture items opens up spaces for a cleaner, more airy room.

Living With Style: Wallpaper

Wallpaper is a beautiful way to personalize a room, making it your very own.

—Gazette photo by Sasha Witte

Splash The Walls With Fun Wallpaper

I have really been falling in love with wallpaper these past few years.  It is such a powerful room transformer!!


If you are afraid of commitment, removable wallpaper is the savvy home owner’s best friend. It’s relatively inexpensive, reusable and can be smoothed on a wall in a snap. Consider a fun geometric pattern or a bright bold color and place it in the bathroom or bedroom for a quick and easy update.

Update The Handles

Living With Style: Update The Handles

Update handles on cabinets and furniture to refresh a space.

—Gazette photo by Sasha Witte

Examine the bathroom and kitchen cabinets and see if the handles could use an update.  Choose from stainless, brushed nickel or even bronze. Shiny new knobs and handle pulls will instantly modernize these functional areas of your home.

Bring In Plants

Living With Style: Bring in Plants

Bring plants into a space to bring life into a space.

—Gazette photo by Sasha Witte

I always love having fresh plants inside – whether its succulents or a potted orchid. Vegetation makes the indoors feel so much more lively.

Choose plants that don’t need a ton of water to survive. Succulents are perfect. Or better yet, air plants! These rootless plants can survive with a few daily mists of water and look great hanging from the ceiling in geometric glass holders.

Whether it’s painting an old stool from your childhood or putting your trip to Europe on display, try these ideas to start fresh in your favorite spaces! 

Sasha Witte can be reached at or (562) 434-8824. 


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