Five Tips for Refreshing Your Home for the New Year from Nouveau Home and Interior Design

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By Steve Appel, co-owner, Nouveau Home and Interior Design

It’s January – time for a fresh start with habits, resolutions, and in your home. With some small changes you can revitalize your living spaces for a whole new year of entertaining and relaxing.

Here are a few tips to get you started, based on our experience solving design challenges from college students and growing families to baby boomers and empty nesters. Try a few ideas on your own, or give us a call for design advice. Better yet, take advantage of our Happy Hour Design Consultation, a one-hour, personal interior design consultation for $95 ($150 value). At your convenience (weekday or nights), Nouveau’s designers will come to your home with a complimentary bottle of wine, to discuss your home’s challenges, and how to start fresh in the new year. 

Mix it up.

Try rearranging furniture differently in a room that challenges you and see how you can change the flow to create more energy for the room. Don’t be afraid to angle a table or face a chair a different direction. Sometimes all a room needs is a thoughtful re-design.

Take small risks.

Do something daring! Take a small room like a powder room and wallpaper it. Paper the ceiling too in the same or a corresponding paper. Wallpaper has changed since when you were a kid. Now, it’s so easy to put it up and even take care of. Today’s amazing patterns can bring color and life to any space.

Showcase an heirloom.

Open up your china closet or dresser and pull out a few treasured heirlooms. Try using them in your decorating. Lean your Dad’s US Navy picture against your desk lamp, it’s called layering. You’ll be surprised at the character family mementos — and memories — can add to a room.

Don’t be afraid to edit.

Review a room that’s accumulated a lot of clutter over the years and clean it out completely. Give it a fresh coat of paint and then shop your own home for pieces to redecorate with. If you don’t love an item, give it to a friend or donate it. The new trend is – keep only what truly brings you joy.

Add cozy accessories.

You can change your look and warm it up for winter in one simple step. Purchase a few gorgeous high quality pillows that have a wonderful texture and depth of color. We like and carry the new offerings from Loloi, a company affiliated with Ellen DeGeneres. Your sofa will never look better!


Need home design help this season? Steve Appel and Lee Whitehead, co-owners of Nouveau Home and Interior Design, now offer a Happy Hour Design Consultation, a one-hour, personal interior design consultation for $95 ($150 value). For the consultation, Nouveau’s designers will come to your home with a complimentary bottle of wine weekdays or evenings, at your convenience. Over a glass of red or white wine (sparkling water, if preferred), they will discuss your home’s “pain points,” or design challenges, and offer immediate solutions.

“Our goal is to help local residents make their homes — whether they are small scale City apartments or spacious suburban houses — comfortable, stylish, and beautiful,” says Appel.


For information or to schedule a Happy Hour Design Consultation, call 410-962-8248 or contact Lee Whitehead at [email protected]. You can also browse furniture and accessories at Nouveau Home’s store at 10 West Eager Street in Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon neighborhood or online at or on Facebook.

“I learned about Nouveau’s Happy Hour Design Consultation while watching a local news show segment. Steve and Alivia arrived with a bottle of cabernet and, after a walk through and a friendly conversation, they created a design strategy for my condo. In addition to having creativity and experience, they are perceptive and great listeners. I highly recommend Nouveau Home and Interior Design.”
– Rae Helton, CEO Spatial Data Integrations, Inc.

[Nouveau Home has] the most incredible, professional and friendly staff you could ever ask for. There’s a great selection of upscale, high-quality furniture. I highly recommend this business to anyone. You’ll keep coming back!”
– Ronald G., Locust Point, Baltimore, MD

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