“Be A Ruthless Editor Of What You Allow Into Your Home. Ask Yourselves, What Does This Object Mean To Me?”
— NATE BERKUS
Ah yes… the elephant in the room. Furniture, furniture, and more furniture! What would we do without furniture in our home? It’s a necessity. It serves a function, almost always with a purpose. It is the main ingredient and the center of attraction in every room in the home. (Unless it’s an absolutely stunning chandelier of course… wink).
Furniture is a crucial component when decorating, and like everything else we choose to have in our surroundings, it should be thought out carefully!
If you’re anything like me, you are always “on a budget.” Belieeeeve me, I totally get it. You have the vision, shopped around hitting up all the stores and browsed online but just cannot justify the high price tags that come with it. If we have the opportunity to take hand me downs because it’s free, we gladly take it. And then there are the hidden gems we call thrift stores and garage sales. I’m not just talking about brick and mortar stores or driveways either! I’m talking about online thrift stores/garage and Estate sales like OfferUp, Let Go and Craigslist. You can find really great deals but it might not always be exactly what you were looking for. So because of that” budget” we’re on, we end up just getting something because we desperately need “something” to fill in the house. Hence, Nate Berkus’s quote at the opening… Whatever the case is, be thoughtful about what you choose to accept or buy, as it should always be a reflection of you.
I personally love thrift store shopping to find the “deal of the century” on a piece of furniture. It’s so much fun when your friends and family come over and see your abode for the first time. Have you ever had this experience? After having a look around, they land their eyes on the elephant in the room. In this case, it’s a chic vintage sofa. They ask “where did you find that?” Ready to burst at the seams with excitement you just ask them “guess how much I paid for it?” They guess how much and then you tell them and they say “NO WAY!” Then you say “I SURE DID!” as you grin with a sparkle in your eye.
Being on a budget forces us to expand our horizons and think outside the box. It creates rich stories to tell afterward. We just have to be a ruthless editor throughout the process.
At one time or another, you might have been in a situation where you had to accept furniture a dear family member or friend was giving away. It finally made its way into your home and… reality sunk in. Hmm, regret. Here it comes…the classic reactive thought process… “OMG what was I thinking!” Right?! I’ve been there, I feel you.
But there’s good news! There’s always a way to make it work!
Let me just tell you now, that hand me down is a cinch to fix. Sometimes you’ve gotta make it work because there is no other choice. A slipcover always works but if a slipcover is too pricey for you, just get an oversized throw blanket and tuck it into the seat area of the sofa or drape it over the whole sofa. OR just get a painters canvas drop cloth. You can find one right here online or in your local Home Depot or Lowes. There’s nothing wrong with making lemonade out of our lemons!
Whether it’s bedroom, dining room, kitchen, office, living room or outdoor furniture and decor, take into consideration what inspires you from the heart. Be mindful but ruthless when editing furniture and any objects that will end up in your home. After all, you’re the one that has to live with it!
Choose wisely but have fun at the same time. As Nate Berkus said (genius by the way) be a ruthless editor of what you allow into your home. What do these objects mean to you and will they add value to your home?
Instill that thought process and questions into your mind as you are searching for the perfect pieces to fill your home and you will be pleasantly surprised with what turns up. This will create a level of contentment and harmony within your “interior”, be it external or internal.
Remember, it is these very choices that bring value to our lives and makes our house feel like a home. Furniture is no exception.
What are your personal experiences with decorating and furniture choices? I would love to hear from you, please share by commenting below!