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Unpacking the places you live inside and out.

Many people who have houseplants will enthusiastically tell you: the benefits of incorporating indoor plants into your home abound, especially during the winter months. And scientific research backs that up! Several studies—including the NASA Clean Air Study—have found that being around greenery offers a connection to lower anxiety and stress, increased air purification, enhanced cognitive skills, improved mood and more.

Over the last decade, minimalism has vastly dominated the interior design realm, making rooms feel like blank slates with dots of decor sprinkled throughout. And while that's all well and good depending on your style, the gaze of many is being drawn elsewhere ... towards something more—literally.

Decorating for the fall season can feel like an all-or-nothing deal: Either you've got to commit to going full camp or do nothing at all. Turns out, there's actually a pretty simple middle ground. Though there's absolutely nothing wrong with embracing some of the (arguably delightful) tackiness often found in seasonal decor, it's entirely possible to decorate for the season in a way that conveys elegance and fully embodies an elevated overall style.

Decorating your dwelling should be a fun and personal journey, with furnishings and personal touches offering a glimpse into your personal style. Instead of turning to mass-produced art offered by big box retailers (that everyone and their mother has), look to the many local artists creating high-quality pieces right here in West Michigan. West Michigan Woman highlights a few of them below, and gets their perspective on why it's key to look local for your art.

Whether you're working with sprawling acreage or a simple concrete balcony, your outdoor spaces should feel as though it's an extension of your abode—a welcoming space for rest, rejuvenation, and gathering with loved ones. It's worth making sure the spaces outside your home make you feel as content as the inside spaces do, now more than ever.

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