Keep Calm and Curate

May 4, 2016

By: Jeremiah Brent

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I don’t know about you guys, but spring always feels like the perfect time for a fresh start. Tax season’s wrapped up, and the weather is taking a turn for the better.

It’s the perfect time to start a new book, find a new hobby or even work on creating a fresh new look for your home.

Contrary to popular belief, there are a lot of great ways to press the “refresh” button on your home without breaking the bank. It’s all about curating your existing pieces and adding small touches that complement what you already own.

When I start feeling that overwhelming urge to refresh and redo, these are the mantras I keep in mind.

Consider Your Clutter: We all have those areas in our home that start accumulating things…photos, vases, candles, knickknacks. It starts with one or two, and pretty soon your bookshelf is taken up by objects collecting dust. Those are the items you should consider first.

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Ask yourself:
Do you love it?
Is it special?
Does it tell a story?
Is it functional in any way?
Does displaying it enrich your home?

If your answer to any of these questions is no, it’s time to let it go.

Just clearing out those spaces, getting rid of any less-than-special items and limiting your accessories to things that bring you joy will give your home an instant refresh.

Pillows on Parade: I always encourage people to invest in two sets of great throw pillows if you can (preferably one lighter in tone and texture, and one darker in tone and texture).

Spring is the perfect time to switch those darker pillows out and play with a lighter, airier palette. Simply stash away the other set of pillow covers in your linen closet until winter. Instant change, without having to switch out any furniture.

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Not only do your pillows cycle the seasons, keeping them fresh and extending their lifetimes, but it’s an extremely cost effective way to see an immediate difference. And Living Spaces has such a wide variety of pillows that really allow us to add personality without breaking the bank.

Rethink the Room: I have never subscribed to design methods or rules, and constantly espouse that our homes should highlight the moments that we live in them.

Take a look at your home and try to think outside of the box. Does the sitting area need to have a table and chairs? Or can you turn it into a cozy reading nook where you get to enjoy coffee in the morning and relax in the evening?

If there are areas in your home you just don’t use, consider why and how you may be able to use that space differently. Often, reusing or rearranging existing furniture is all it takes to change things up.

Easy, Effective and Evolving: These are the three notions I believe every home should encapsulate. Spring is the perfect opportunity for us to look at where we are living and shift how we are living in our homes in order to ensure it feels more functional, effortless and gracious.


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