If you’re holding on to furniture or decor from college or your twenties, It’s time to consider again...take a Deep Breath and envision yourself 5 years, even 10 years from now.
What kind of home will you be in? House with a yard? Luxury Apartment? Condo in the city? Little cabin in nature?
How will your home feel? Beautiful? Peaceful? Shelter from the fast, zippy world outside?
Will any of the items in this list still be part of your design?
Consider letting go of these as you dream into your future:
1. A FUTON
Ugh! A Hard frames and a hard mattress. Nothing soft or forgiving, not a relationship enhancement AT ALL! As in, “Honey, after dinner, do you want to snuggle on the futon?????” Just let it go, some college student really, really needs one.
Look for a soft sofa with arms so you can curl up, rest, read, watch a movie, talk. Your couch is one of the most important pieces of furniture in your home.
2. TEMPORARY FURNITURE
I see clients wanting to wait until their “forever dream home” before they purchase furniture of any quality at all--but, really, invest in a few pieces that can come with you. Think quality, not quantity and yes, (Barry) that includes the particle board shelving.
3. TV STANDS
The kind that you buy with your TV--it’s time to think a little less functional and a little more beautiful. By the way, make sure your TV is not front and center, occupying the power position in your room--let’s configure your space so that the TV is marginalized and yet still available for entertainment--cuz, "Blacklist".
4. ART OR POSTERS TAPED TO THE WALL
It’s time to invest in some beautiful art and custom framing. If you have your own children’s art taped to the walls in your bedroom, I will come find you. Really, I will. Here is a wonderful app, artkive, to scan kid art--or put the “keepers” in a memento box.
5. BARE WOOD FLOORS WITH A POSTAGE STAMP SIZED RUG
Invest in a gorgeous rug... instead of reaching for the quickest solution, find a rug in the largest size your room can handle.
It’s amazing how it can elevate the entire look of the room. The size of the rug defines the size of the room. So, tiny rug = tiny-feeling room. Look for a rug with texture in a fairly neutral color, Let’s save the excitement in a room for lighting, art and furniture and NOT put it on the floor, which has a tendency to bring your energy down (to the floor).
Oh, come-on, treat yourself better--you deserve beautiful sheets and a gorgeous blanket. Skip the 7-pc special...you’ll sleep better!
7. CUTESY PICTURE FRAMES
The ones of you and your bestie at a party--It’s time to invest in frames that are timeless, go for beautiful and classic. Also, group your personal photos so they aren’t dotted all around your home, maximum impact and less cluttered-feeling.
PS: let’s keep the kids and parents out of the bedroom--too many people in there watching--NOOOOOO!!! Makes it hard to relax :)
8. ACCENT WALLS
Painting is one of those decisions where you might consider asking for assistance. There’s a lot of information in color--as we know, each color has its own frequency, Maybe one wall is plenty but MAYBE you need to be immersed in one color or another to support flow, love, abundance or health. Paint is powerful--get some help.
9. SHOT GLASS COLLECTION ON DISPLAY
Only OK if you're still in college AND live in a sorority or frat house--otherwise pick your fave and let the rest go, someone’s gonna love those!
10. THE PILLOWS SOLD WITH THE SOFA
They're uniform and boring, Buy different sized pillows and play with colors and textures for impact that doesn’t have to cost a lot. Let’s go pillow shopping together--wouldn’t that be fun? There are some great choices at TJ Maxx, Nordstrom Rack, Home Goods, Etsy.
These are the moments of your life! don’t let your “stuff” hold you back from growing into the best, shiniest version of yourself. Choose for the future YOU and create the life you’re dreaming of...as always, call me if you want support. I would love to help.
Lots of Love,