Is your home a true reflection of YOU?
This is a topic that comes up
over and over
when I help clients/friends
decorate their homes,
so I thought it might
be a fun and possibly helpful
Through the years,
clients will ask me to help them
accessorize their home
--- the best part of designing a space ---
to me it's like adding
the jewelry to your outfit!
|From Susan's lovely blog: Romancing the Home|
And probably the MOST
important advice I can give them
as we begin pulling together
collections of items,
is to OWN their look.
By saying that I mean
that when you walk into
your finished room,
you do not want to be able to identify
the main source
of your collection.
You can have a few new things,
tucked in here and there,
but they should be in the minority.
While I LOVE to go into a Pottery Barn
or Restoration Hardware store, for example ---
where they employ some of
THE most talented
display professionals known to man ---
you don't want to go in
and buy the whole display.
Don't do it!
Don't do it!
Don't do it!
As tempting as it may be.
|PB's super clever stylists just make you want EVERYTHING! It's their job!|
Instead maybe pick
one or two
key pieces and take them home
and mix them with old things you have,
or new "old" found treasures from
flea markets, thrift or antique shops,
auctions, estate sales, your basement, etc.
This will give you a
much more interesting look,
one that is not "recognizable"
or too commercial looking.
Avoid comments from friends like:
"Hey, I saw all these items in
(____fill in the blank any retail store name here __)
last week, you've been doing a little
'shopping', haven't you?!!"
Create your own look.
|Gorgeous image from bustleevents.blogspot.com|
One of my clients once told me
she had asked an interior designer
to come by and help her
accessorize her lovely home.
Well, apparently he walked in
and told her she had
way too many
T.J. Maxx and Homegoods
items in her home -- that it looked
like one of their super stores.
Y I K E S
(Bold comment .... I would like to think
I am a little more diplomatic than that!)
But he was right.
It did kind of look that way, unfortunately.
The good news is that it doesn't anymore
but this story has stuck in my head
ever since I heard it.
Are you guilty of this?
If so, take that little scenario
and keep it in the back of your mind
when accessorizing. It may help you
when customizing your interior spaces.
Truth is... it takes a little longer
to do accessorize this way,
and you won't get the
of coming home with heavy shopping bags
full of an instant vignette,
in the end
in the end
you will be much happier with the results.
And even better,
you will have some
attached to each piece
--- priceless memories!
That's what I mean when I say....
"OWN your look".
So go dig into your storage spaces!
Dust off old things you may have stowed
away or forgotten.
Think out of the box, literally.
* Take Grammy's silver sugar bowl
and use it to hold cotton balls on your vanity.
* Take your father's spelling bee trophy
and fill it with pencils at your desk.
* Take Uncle Ed's tackle box and use it to organize
your childrens craft supplies.
Try to look at things you already have
with "usefulness" in mind.
It's a huge trend out there you know,
And you can train your
eye to do it --- once you
become consciously aware of it.
And the more you do it
the better you get!
So go get into that attic/crawl space
and pull out some forgotten treasures.
(Oh, I can just hear your poor husbands
hauling things down from your storage areas this weekend,
asking you to promise to never ever read that
#$%@*# Polohouse blog again...!!!??!!)
It's these kind of pieces
that will make your home yours.
It will give your surroundings
a sense of history and
will give guests a little insight
into who YOU are.
Think aged patinas,
think weathered loved pieces.
When traveling, instead of buying
a t-shirt buy a small trinket from an antique
or vintage shop. I guarantee that every time
you see it displayed,
you will attach a memory
of your visit to that destination,
as opposed to your visit to a ---- mall!?!
By George, I think we've got it!
|From Joan's lovely blog: For the Love of a House|
Own your look!
Just to recap:
New + new + new = BAD
Vintage + antique + new + inherited = GOOD
Mix it up!
For what it's worth.....
that's my story and I'm stickin' to it.
Have a lovely weekend ~
P.S. If you do end up going "treasure" hunting, please apologize in advance to your hubbies for me, won't you? :)