Is your house a mess and you don’t know where to start when it comes to Interior Design or decorating? Do you wish your house felt like a sanctuary and the perfect place to relax? A place that is beautiful and feels so good there is no place you would rather be?
Sometimes life gets so busy that it is hard to keep up with the clutter, the mess and before you know it, it has been so long since you redecorated that things look really outdated. You have a situation that feels overwhelming and you just don’t know where to start to pull it all together and create the sanctuary you always wanted. And on top of that, maybe you have a partner with totally different tastes. Or the budget just never seems to be there to really do things the way you want.
Our houses are like a big puzzle. Sometimes just putting the pieces together in a new way can make a huge difference! I learned this lesson one winter when I decided to tear out all the carpeting in my older house and replace with laminate flooring. I figured out how to do it by watching YouTube videos. Of course, this required taking every last thing out of each room as I replaced the flooring to make it possible. And then putting it all back! And that is where the light came on for me!
I am a person that likes Bohemian and global style interiors. In general, that means “more is more”, so I have always had a lot of stuff and displayed it everywhere! I liked it, I was used to it and it felt good. But as I replaced the floors and started putting things back, I did it slowly, and re-arranged things. I started to notice just how much I liked it when the important pieces had more space around them and more room to shine. All of a sudden, I realized how much I liked “less is more”!
So, the moral of this story is that just because you think you really love a certain look, keep an open mind. New ways of doing things and getting rid of a few things might just bring you joy! You could always try taking everything out of a room and putting the most important pieces back in new ways, then layering the accessories and try leaving some things out. You can always store them and trade them out and highlight different things at different times for variety.
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I love your story of emptying your rooms – in your case, for the flooring install, and then discovering new ways to put them back together! It’s like getting a fresh perspective and that is so important in refreshing a space – fresh eyes, either by taking everything out OR bringing a professional in who can visualize it and help you re-imagine your space!
Yes, fresh eyes is a great way to look at it! That is exactly what we offer as design professionals. Same is true with home staging when we help sellers prepare their home for market. We are offering the “fresh eyes” that see what buyers see. We all get so used to the way our homes look living in them everyday it is pretty much impossible to see it as a brand new set of eyes would see it. Thanks for reading:)
Looking at your home with fresh eyes and taking a new approach can be so difficult but it sounds like you found a whole new look by doing so! It’s a good idea for all of us!
Thanks Lisa. It’s great to keep an open mind when we are redecorating or designing our homes or working with a designer. You just might discover you like a new look or different style better than what you thought you would!
Hi Mary Ann:
I really enjoyed reading how you came to appreciate that *less can be more* through what you went through in your own home.
Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Leslie! I know a lot of designers have a hard time designing their own homes. Trying new things is good for us!
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