Editor's Picks: Pip's perfect picks to survive the January blues, in style

LivingEtc's, Pip McCormac shares his Editor's Picks of carefully curated items to get you through the January blues.

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No matter how tumultuous 2020 was, January always brings a sense of opportunity. So, this year whether you're dealing with self-isolation or missing loved ones, I'm confident that we will all do our best to enter it with a sense of optimism that life will get better. 

In my own life, there ought to be lots of newness on the horizon — I've recently acquired a brand-new house and beginning a life I'd never have dreamed I'd be embarking on this time last year. All being well, as you read this, I'll not only be in my new place but planning how I am going to decorate it. 

Sure, I've already crossed off my list my sofa fabric —fully knowing that nothing jinxes a new house purchase quite like optimistic planning ahead of time— but nevertheless! I am quite certain the dusky yellow linen hue will work marvelously and pull the room together.

While there is so much excitement on my end, I do hope the same for you, which is why I've pulled together a little pick-me-up that I believe will do the trick. To rid the January blues filling the air, I've carefully curated a collection of Editor's Picks to spark joy and lift spirits in every room of your home. 

The key? Discovering the groundling joy in choosing pieces that incorporate a touch of earth tones— we're talking terracotta, tan, browns, warm grays, burnt siennas, and white (to name a few). From a buttery leather saddle chair to an antique log holder, all seven of these sensational styles featured will bring joy and light up any (and every) room in your home. 

Cheers to a better month ahead! 

1. A perfectly plush pillow cover

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Lush Velvet Pillow Covers starting at $30, at west elm

Any one of these lush velvet pillow covers will surely live up to its name; the rich, saturated hues and lustrous sheen and pair to perfection on any sofa, loveseat, or couch. Deemed one of west elm's favorite fabrics of the season, any of these luxe silk velvet covers rival higher-end models but at a fraction of the cost. 

Not your style? Check out the best pillow buying guide for more options! 

2. A mid-century bar cart

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Mid-Century Bar Cart - Walnut for $299, at west elm

This mid-century bar cart evokes the clean-lined aesthetic of the 1950s and '60s.  Furnished with two shelves, and wheels this tableside-serving station will be well-received in any corner or dining room. 

3. A rounded bookcase 

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Wheelhouse Round Bookcase for $299, at Crate and Barrel

Who would even dare to resist this precocious bookcase? From the unique circular design to the scaled-down size, oh, and the four interior shelves! It is fashion and function all wrapped up in one piece. 

4. A brass log holder

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Chord Antique Brass Log Holder for $99.95, at CB2

Every star needs a sidekick, and this antique brass-finished log holder offers instant warmth, as it plays second fiddle to any fireplace. 

5. An untraditional flower vase 

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Wavy Vase for $68, at Anthropologie

Flaunt your latest floral pieces from your garden in this artisanal vessel that adapts any arrangement into a captivating work of art. 

6. A luxurious leather chair 

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Troubadour Saddle Leather Wood Frame Chair for $949, at CB2

Crafted by designer James Patterson, this midcentury modern design molds together structure and comfort in one. Upholstered in buttery saddle leather that will age and soften over time, this seat will make a beautiful addition in any room or even next to the bookcase we recommend above. 

7. A 3-light sculptural chandelier 

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Sculptural 3-Light Chandelier, Globe starting at $269, at west elm

Forge lighting with a customizable feel with this Sculptural Glass collection. Available in three different sizes — 8", 10" and mixed sizes — both the bronze or silver 3-light chandelier will be pure perfection on display in any room. 

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Pip Rich

The editor of Livingetc, Pip Rich (formerly Pip McCormac) is a lifestyle journalist of almost 20 years experience working for some of the UK's biggest titles. As well as holding staff positions at Sunday Times Style, Red and Grazia he has written for the Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times and ES Magazine. The host of Livingetc's podcast Home Truths, Pip has also published three books - his most recent, A New Leaf, was released in December 2021 and is about the homes of architects who have filled their spaces with houseplants.  He has recently moved out of London - and a home that ELLE Decoration called one of the ten best small spaces in the world - to start a new renovation project in Somerset.