Singles or Couples who have recently purchased a house are often to quick to buy furniture. Style is constantly evolving so the process of time tends to allow a better outcome. Purchase a new piece, retire another. Remember when you ebb, you gotta flow.
I love a great museum, in particular, the Musee d’Orsay, but I sure don’t want to live in one. If you have children, pets, friends, or a husband, expensive statuary and priceless architectural pieces may not be a great choice. Buy a beautiful rug, splurge on a breathtaking chandelier, but be careful of choice items with hefty price tags.
Purchasing in sets or the La-Z-Boy syndrome. The 80s and even the 90’s, both decades of which I remember well, were filled with homes full of matchy match sofas and chairs. Hell, even the coffee table was identical to the end unit. The idea is to coordinate not put someone to sleep. So be brave and mix it up.
Never ever assume original artwork is not in your budget. Granted a Warhol or Lichtenstein might break the bank but hit flea markets, estate sales, or even blow up your children’s original drawings. Afterall, Jack and Jill might end up being the next Picasso.
Collections, I repeat, collections are not just for grandmothers. They simply need to be displayed in something beside a Curio. Curated groupings such as trays, silver, books, tell a story. It may be about your heritage, it may be about your travels. Learn the art of accessorizing and those doilies might not seem so outdated.You create a room not habtable for those of us that breathe. As a child, I remember that my American grandmother had all her furniture lined with plastic. During the winter it was freezing, in the summer sticky. Her child, my Aunt had a space in her home that in the 22 years of ownership, not one person had ever stepped into….She even bought those old theater ropes as if to say, “too fabulous for human touch. Strip it down. All rooms should be intended for interaction and conversation (though not necessarily grape juice or ice cream).
Forgetting to edit, edit, edit. I, like all others in the universe, love Iris Arpel, but could you really live in her penthouse? Accessories can become clutter and clutter can become hoarding. There’s a fine line, one which I mysel, have crossed so ask your friends, your children, a complete stranger, what they truly think and listen carefully. You might be surprised.