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Useful or Beautiful - Part 2

Last week I shared a few tips on how to declutter your home by purging things you don't need or love. (click here for article). This week I will share some of my tips on how to avoid accumulating too much in the first place.

Step 2: avoid buying too much stuff!

Now this is tricky because shopping feeds into our desire for instant gratification. We are constantly overwhelmed with lifestyle ads & coupons that say "buy this and you will be happier." But the truth is that happiness may be short lived - then you're just left with "stuff". So here are my tips & strategies to help resist the temptation.

1- AVOID FLASH SALES

Yes, you can do it. Someone is always curating an enticing list of "must haves", and you surely can find some exciting deals on there. But the devil in these sites is that there is only a limited quantity and it's gone. It bullies you to buy now or forever hold your peace. So my advice is if you're not actively looking for something - don't open that email! Or better yet - unsubscribe from such emails and only log in when you are looking for something. Seriously - you will thank me!

2- Make a list

Impulse shopping is also the devil so I suggest making a list and sticking with it. At the beginning of every room redesign I work on we create goals for the room, and then define what it we need to fulfill those goals. I write up a design plan with all the details and items to buy for each client. Then I suggest to put the list on your phone, tablet, or in a program like Evernote that syncs with everything. Or just keep the design plan in your wallet.  This will keep you on task when you're shopping around and resist unnecessary purchases.

 

3- Sleep on it

If you have a few items you want or need, create a list then sleep on it. This gives yourself time to sort through your decision and prioritize your purchases.  Keeping an ongoing list of "wishes" will help you stay organized and avoid spending extra money on things you don't need. Plus it gives you the chance to change your mind without spending too much time or money.

 

 

3- Walk with it

So now you're in the store and you can't resist an item. It grabs your attention and you want it! Go ahead and put it in your basket. Walk the rest of the store with it and re-evaluate the object at the end of loop through the store. Does it meet the criteria you established for your goals? (color, category, texture, etc) If it's not perfect then put it back. Usually a walk through the store will help you sort through other options and may provide the right perspective.

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4- Photograph (or Pin) it

Another strategy to postpone a purchase is to photograph it (in person) or Pin it (if online). This way you won't loose track of it and can go back to make the purchase later. If you collect enough images then you can even create a moodboard and see how all the items will look together. This will make sure you're staying on track with your goals.

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5- Reduce time spent shopping

Many people find shopping a pleasurable experience, but perhaps it provides too much temptation to make an unnecessary purchase. In this case when you feel the urge to shop, make a list of what you want to get it off your mind, then find something else entirely different to do. Think of other hobbies that you enjoy such as reading, watching a movie, going out to eat with friends, working out, etc. There are plenty of other hobbies to distract yourself from the urge to buy!

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I hope these tips & strategies provide you with some ways to manage your purchases. What ways do you find helpful to reduce accidental shopping, and to ensure you make the right purchases for your home?

Cheers!

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Gliding into the Weekend

Well it certainly feels like summer here, and I am really looking forward to the holiday! I was reviewing my notes from this past weekend's Happy Places event at Babies R us and I wanted to share one of my favorite tips for repurposing furniture as your baby and toddlers grow.

When planning a nursery many people opt to have a glider or rocker in the room. When picking out your glider style and color consider one that can live happily in a family room or den once baby has grown. There are so many armchair options that you would never deem them as nursery furniture! A good quality glider can really grow with your family and you'll get many years from your investment. 

   
  
  

Top 5 Tips for Styling Vignettes

Last week was a really fun week for design and business! I attended a design conference and met other members of theInterior Redecorators Network that I am part of. I learned so many good business tips and even more decorating ideas. One day of the conference we went to the New York Design Centerand after an information session we toured the beautiful showrooms. There was so much to see I'm already making plans to go back again! There were too many favorites to name but one of the showrooms that really stood out to me was Global Views. They carry a lot of home accessories and had beautiful vignettes set up by color. It was a really impactful way to organize the showroom and each vignette was beautiful on its own.

(Photo I took at Global Views - stunning vignette of black, white, and gold)

I think vignettes like this one above are a really nice way to add some interest to your home decor too. If you have collections you'd like to display or personal mementos that you'd like to share this is a great way to showcase those. Not to mention how well these work with holiday decor! So I thought I'd share a few tips for creating vignettes in your home.

1- Define a Collection


A collection begins with a grouping of 3 or more items. Edit the collection to showcase the best and most meaningful so they don't become clutter. Each vignette should tell a story about the items, afterall the word vignette means "a short scene in a movie or play."

(From Scandinavia with Love)

 

 

 

2- Think Scale

This is something that kept coming up in conversation at the conference too, it's easy to get consumed by lots of "little" things. Don't forget to vary the scale and think BIG to add some height and interest to bring your eye around the room!

 

Pantone Products

I've been reading a lot about color lately and was excited to see the most recent catalog from The Home Decorators Collection featuring four new lines of rugs that are part of Pantone Universe! There is Pantone focus, Pantone expressions, Pantone prismatic, and Pantone matrix.

This first picture from their catalog that shows a simple shag in the Pantone 2013 color of the year, of course: Emerald.  One of the other colors available is Tangerine Tango which was 2012's color of the year. These are basic color block options for a dose of saturated color in any room.

This catalog page shows their more subtle color combinations which all have a soft feathered edge to the patterns. I really like the one they picked to photograph above, called New Antique. You'll also see they've selected a few Pantone chips on each page so you can "perfectly match your wall color, laminates, furniture, accessories and more with our rugs."

 

I also liked these tone on tone geometeric wool flatweaves shown above. 
Horizon Blue: Pantone 19-4057 TPX and Pink Flambe 19-3138 TPX