Often the best homes feel as if they haven't been decorated at all.
Let that sink in for a moment, because I'm certain this sounds ridiculous coming from the mouth of a professional designer. Yet more and more I find myself drawn to home design that don't feel over done or over edited - contrived. Ultimately, I believe your home should feel livable and layered, reflections of those who call it home.
A blended environment that evolves over time. We inherit and invest. Things come and go.
A few years back, at a hole-in-the-wall shop just south of Rome, my eyes locked on an ash tray hand painted - dogs wearing jewelry and hats. I absolutely had to have it. There was no talking me out of it. I don't smoke, mind you. But - I didn't hesitate. Like I said, I had to have it. It now collects change and lipstick on my nightstand and I still, years later, cherish what most would have considered a uselessly frivolous purchase.
love at first sight
Collect things you love. The charming map in a Poughkeepsie gift store you stumble upon while visiting your brother at Vassar? Buy it. Have it framed. Preserve those moments - regardless of how seemingly "ordinary." On more than one occasion I have unexpectedly fallen, madly, over a piece of furniture, a work of art, even a plant. If I can afford it (and fit it in my car), it comes home with me. I'm not always sure where it will go, but I know I'll find a home for it if I love it.
Once, while window shopping with my significant other's parents, I laid eyes on an antique metal chest. Enormous, rusted - to the point half of the drawers wouldn't open, and unfathomably heavy. Until then, the most extravagant purchase was a $7 latte.
An hour later, I was the proud owner of that rusty land-barge, far from home and with no means to transport my new acquisition. Luckily, the stars aligned and she now happily rests in our living room. Much to my beau's dismay. He is a certified germaphobe and the thought of a rusty old piece of furniture is less appealing to him.
Side note, but related: I can now open a few of the drawers, so I'm considering it a win.
It's no surprise that I have more to say on the matter, but I'm also binge-watching season 1 of Billions, so you'll have to stay tuned for more. Can you blame me?! In the meantime, check out Lizzie Garret Mettler's home feature on the one and only - One King's Lane.
Perfectly layered and collected, right?!
P.s. There is a difference between your home not 'looking' decorated and not being thoughtfully designed/curated. Don't count me out just yet.
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