I mentioned that I was simplifying, and a number of you commented that you were too.
I get it. There is no easier way to fall in love with your home than by clearing out the things in it that you no longer love (or maybe never did).
And because I think about this stuff a lot, here are some other ways I’m doing home right now.
I’m keeping it neutral.
I realize people have strong feelings about color. My kids are so bored by my love of neutrals. More beige, mom?
But neutrals feel calm to me. And they let other – more organic – things make a statement.
Several years ago I saw this quote by stylist Rosy Strazzeri-Fridman and I’ve always remembered it…
She was talking about her all-white San Francisco home (which you can see here…beautiful!), but I feel the exact same way about my neutrals.
I’m putting everyday stuff on display.
Heritage Hill jars started something for me. I began filling them up with (really) ordinary things (laundry detergent, bars of white Dove soap, dog biscuits) and I loved how they made those mundane things seem special.
Why do I love this so much?
I think it’s because the most interesting homes I’ve been in have given little clues to how the people there live. And if everyday stuff is not only left out, but displayed in even the simplest of ways, it elevates it to something more.
I love the way columnist Marni Jameson puts it…
I’m choosing real whenever possible.
Real plants. Fresh flowers. More original artwork.
If it’s at all practical, I’m going with the real thing.
I’m housewarming, not decorating.
I don’t enjoy decorating. Choosing window treatments, sorting through fabric samples, testing paint colors…I do as little of that as possible.
What I do enjoy is trying to give my house a little soul. Warming it up.
The things that do that for me are books, artwork, family photos, flowers, and candles.
Over and over. In every room.
Those things never fail warm a space and nothing could be simpler.
That’s how I’m doing home right now. What’s working for you?