with Aratari At Home
Inspiring you to love where you live. Initially serving as a hobby for nights on the weekends from her corporate job, Lindsay Aratari first started her blog Aratari At Home when she and her husband, John Paul, bought their first home.
While her blog was begun as a creative outlet, it wasn’t until their son, Dominic, was born that she decided to take it full-time to stay home with her son and build her brand instead of returning to her sales job.
Having studied fashion merchandising and interior design, Lindsay’s blog is full of tips for motherhood, style ideas, recipes, and more, though her main focus remains on home décor. Now the mother of three (having welcomed two daughters, Giuletta and Serafina), Lindsay is steadily turning their house into a home, one project at a time.
What better time for a household refresh than with spring coming up around the corner?
Lindsay’s biggest décor suggestion? Color!
The winter months are so gloomy that spring just brings so much joy with all of the fresh flowers, the light and bright colors, and soft textures. I love seeing all the new life outside and try to emulate that in my home with flowers, new plants, and swapping out the heavy blankets and pillows for lighter options and simplifying the décor.
Bring green into the home!
I’ve loved green for a while now, and it’s something you can bring into your home through both paint and plants! I painted our kitchen cabinets a shade almost two years ago and I still love it.
If you opt for plants, try something easy first to give you the confidence to take care of them. Some easy starters are a snake plant, pathos, ZZ plant, or spider plant. All of these tolerate a little less light and can handle a little bit of over- or under-watering.
Refresh your décor too! Try a few green accents such as a pillow or throw blanket. A nice vase or artwork can add color. Seasonal kitchenware can be an easy way to change things up for the season with new plates, mugs, glasses, or trays with spring touches.
Do you get the family involved with any projects you have?
My kids have basically grown up seeing my husband and I work on projects around the house, so I try to include them as much as possible because I want them to feel comfortable and love the space as much as we do. It’s their home too. They love to help me decorate and take photos for my blog, and any time we have a project they can help with, we let them. It’s more fun to involve them and see their little faces get excited when they see the outcome.
Beginner projects to spruce up a space!
Start in the most used space in your home. By doing so, you’ll start enjoying it more and it will inspire you to start working on other areas.
Paint is the easiest and most affordable way to change a space. Even if all you want to do is an accent wall, paint will make the room look totally different.
A new rug can be huge since they pull a space together and anchor the whole room. This can also be refreshing, and I suggest either bringing in the colors of spring or going for a different texture than your old rug.
Lindsay’s Tips & Tricks
Love where you live. No matter the season of life you are in, having a space where you feel comfortable, happy, and at peace is important. A home should be filled with things that make you happy and things that you love.
Take into consideration who is using the space and how it will function.
Knowing what you need to get out of your home right now rather than what you want it to be like in the future will make you love your home that much more.
Do what makes you happy and what you love! No one else has to live in your home but you, so why not make it exactly how you want?
Clear out a space, look at it all clean and empty, and then dream what you want it to be like. Looking at a blank space is helpful when creating a new look.
Home décor is an art form, so there is no right or wrong way to decorate a space. Do what feels good and what feels right, and it will be just that!
Lastly, don’t get so lost in inspiration that you get overwhelmed! Limit your time to finding something that inspires you and jump in. I think you’ll be surprised at how much you can actually do when you get started. It’s empowering to take on a project, and when you start seeing your home transform, it makes you want to keep going!