Right before Christmas last year, I found myself pulling back when it came to how many accessories I wanted setting around, in my home. Everything was starting to look cluttered to me. Then Christmas came and I simply see things differently during the Holidays, so I packed it in as usual. After the Holidays were over I did what I know. Anyway…..see if you fall into the same trap as I do. I have my favorite things, and they are my favorites no doubt, but for some reason I feel the need to have them all out at the same time. I literally need to tell myself, “stop it”, I don’t really need all of these items out at the same time, why do I continue to do this??? YIKES As I am placing the items around I like how they look, but then when I step back and look at the room as a whole, I don’t like it, and its looks cluttered. I believe, two things are happening, 1-I am doing what I do, and 2-my taste is changing again. Because of the push and pull I am having with myself, I am “Clearing the Deck” so to speak, pulling back a few things and placing them behind closed doors. What has been happening lately is that, once I step back and take a peek at the space, I always find at least one item if not more, that I feel should be removed. So clearly I am leaning toward a more sparse look and feel for my spaces. It was Coco Channel, who said “before leaving the house, a lady should look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” I think this rule holds true in our homes as well. So I plan to go space by space and apply this rule.
I also have found myself wanting to warm up my spaces just a bit. I am still in mad love with my white walls, they are just so easy to maintain, similar to white slipcovered furniture-where you can simply throw the covers into the washing machine. I stick to two whites, both from Benjamin Moore – Chantilly Lace and Simply White, one cool and one warm, I love them alone and together. With a limited color pallet throughout your entire home, it’s an easy fix, if you get a smudge or a chip. In order to warm it up a bit, I find myself adding warmth through the addition of, textiles-in creams and ivory, lighting and of course candlelight.
Don’t be afraid to roll with the change. I have been at this decorating thing for more years than I care to share, but trust me I have had just about every style out there. If there is one thing I can share with you today, that you can do now, and will be thankful for down the road, this is it. Purchase as many neutral, classic, high quality pieces as you can. Clean lines, clear glass, white ceramic, and neutral in style and color. These are the things that will take you from style to style, and through the years. You probably think you have found your style and love it so much you will never change it, but you will. And if you are one of the rare people who sets up house and 30 years later it still looks the same, then I feel sorry for you. Don’t miss out on the ride, it’s so much fun. Simply work to make as many good choices as you can, because those items will stand the test of time. I have a few items in my home right now, mixed among the others that are 30 years old and you would never know.
Anyway let me give you a peek into the first space I applied this a little less attitude too. My family room, its a small space true, but needed more seating, and it needed to have better placement. WE couldn’t do it all at one time, so the television is in a temporary state. Everything else in the room is working. I m looking for a smaller road table, this one is just a smudge to large for the space, and since it is heavily used, I want one with a marble tabletop. But it works for now. The TV will be hung on the wall once we replace it, which will open up the space even more. I added one huge Paper Wall Tapestry above our low sofas to give the space some hight and also because I felt a lot of small things would look like clutter. Besides the Vase on the table there is no decor, the room simple cut take it. I love the richness of the Brown Leather sofa, Navy Velvet Curtains, and the Black backed tapestry, it really cozies up the space.
I hope you will follow along as I move through the house and tweak it. Maybe it will inspire you to do the same.
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