Cull, Curate & Create: Advice on Handling the "Stuff" in a Home

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Without all of the stuff — furniture, accessories, art, found objects, vintage finds and more — a home would of course be empty. But if one isn't careful, all that stuff can overwhelm a home's most important stars: you and those you love. This week's top house tours featured some interesting ideas on culling and curating stuff.

Remember it's just stuff

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"Cull and curate your collections and don’t let things become too precious. It’s just stuff."

— From The Beautifully Strange World of Miranda Lake

Make them cohabitate

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"Mix influences, go for it, experiment, mess up and have a great time doing it! Don’t close yourself in, and never dedicate everything to one “style,” it gets annoying quickly. And collect objects, make them cohabitate, it is that which gives an interior its unique spirit."

— From Laurence & Fabrice's Friendly Eclectic Mix

Don't mimic someone else's style

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"Curate AND Create. I miss out on a lot of discovery when I catch myself trying to mimic someone else's style. Inspiration is an important part of creation, but it takes discipline and a willingness to risk to follow your own intuition about a piece, a layout, bringing colors and textures and patterns together, or what you hang on the walls and how."

— From Ian & Martha's Tasteful and Sentimental Home

Bonus weekend practical home advice:

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"Plan ahead. Draw floor plans, a site plan, interior and exterior elevations and utility diagrams so you can permit and price accordingly."

— From Peggy & Chris' Los Angeles Modern

Find more great advice to steal for your home in all of our excellent tours:

(Image credits: Jacqueline Marque; Nancy Mitchell; Christine Lu; Marcia Prentice)