10 Ideas for Living a More Elegant Life in a Difficult Time
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My husband mentioned recently, after having his sandwich on one of the melamine plates we keep for the granddaughters that he wished we led a more elegant life. He was right, through this pandemic, people are staying in sweat pants all day, not doing their hair and makeup and so on. This got me thinking about what is an elegant life and how I can change things up to make our lives feel more elegant. I don’t think you have to live in an expensive home or have a huge budget to live an elegant life.
1. Make your front door cheery.
You may not have may not be having guests these days. In my neighborhood, there are plenty of people out walking. A cheery door is elegant, welcoming and spreads cheer to those who walk by. Decorating your front door and putting out a pretty welcoming doormat make a statement both to guests, and for yourself! You can see my DIY on how to make this Elegant Swag by clicking on that link.
2. Set a pretty table.
I came across a friend’s pretty table that she set for herself on her blog. I know we haven’t been entertaining at home lately, but even if it just you or you and your spouse, set a pretty table. A pretty table is a little thing you can do that adds a bit of elegance to your meals. Check out my Tablescape Archives for inspiring tables.
3. Buy yourself fresh flowers.
Really, is there anything like having fresh flowers? It doesn’t have to be an every week thing, but a few fresh cut blooms can make your day, and make an elegant statement in your home.
4. Have pretty towels.
When was the last time you treated yourself to pretty new towels? Hey, these gorgeous Stonewashed Sculpted towels are on clearance right now at Pottery Barn!
5. Make your bed every day.
It has been said that making your bed will start your day off well and make you more productive throughout the day. I choose to believe that whenever you walk by that room, you will get the feeling that you do live an elegant life, like walking into a hotel room with the bed all nicely made. Add some art like the whale diptych above my bed.
6. Keep clutter at bay.
A cluttered space isn’t an elegant space. We use baskets and boxes to keep the clutter hidden away. Look for a unique box that coordinates with your decor. This one sits on a table in our foyer and the mail, keys and sunglasses get tucked in there as soon as we come in the door.
7. Add green plants to your interior.
I know there are lots of good reasons for added green plants to your home, it is healthy, they add a bit of something natural and so on, but I think they add elegance to a home, too.
8. This one was contributed by my husband…
NEVER serve a drink in a plastic glass. We will have to revisit this when the pool goes into the back yard!
9. Serve up those snacks in a pretty dish.
Okay, maybe not ALL of the time, but on occasion, put those snacks in a pretty bowl instead of just opening up the jar of nuts or bag of chips and sticking your hand in!
10. Get yourself some pretty notecards and take the time to handwritten a note now and then.
Especially at this time while we are zooming and texting, make someone else’s day by putting a handwritten note on pretty stationery in the mail.
Do you want to live a more elegant life? Might you incorporate some of these ideas?