Coco Chanel's Advice as a Decorating Mantra: "Take One Thing Off"

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Wise words transcend genre and industry. Iconic fashion designer Coco Chanel was probably thinking of bracelets and baubles when she famously said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take at least one thing off.” But good advice is good advice, and this minimal-minded mantra works just as well for an apartment.

She was a fashion icon, but Chanel knew a thing or two about decorating a home, too. Her opulent Paris apartment at 31 Rue Cambon is a pilgrimage for globe-trotting fashion lovers (the photo of her at top was shot in her private apartment by Douglas Kirkland in 1962). While it's not quite my taste, I can appreciate that as luxurious and extravagant as it is, it doesn't feel overdone.

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If you're minimalist by nature, feel free to pass on this suggestion now. But if you love to collect, and your home decorating style follows a "more is more" philosophy, Chanel's advice for dressing a body can just as easily help edit a room. Just take one thing off. Remove a loud pillow or one of the playful objets on the mantle.

Even if you feel like the room is "done." Especially if you feel like the room is "done." Just take one thing off.

Do you have a decorating mantra?

(Image credits: Wikipedia Commons; The Coveteur)

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Taryn is a writer, maker, and designer in Atlanta, Georgia. Living in an apartment with her husband and their Boston Terrier, Bacon, she loves to entertain and hates having a tiny kitchen.