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
"Cull and curate your collections and don’t let things become too precious. It’s just stuff."
Make them cohabitate
"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."
Don't mimic someone else's style
"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."
Bonus weekend practical home advice:
"Plan ahead. Draw floor plans, a site plan, interior and exterior elevations and utility diagrams so you can permit and price accordingly."
Find more great advice to steal for your home in all of our excellent tours:
- How to Express Your History, Draw People In & More Home Advice
- Advice for Creating Your Home's Story
- Take Your Time: Advice for Creating a Comfy Space That Feels Like Home
- Keep It Simple, Be Patient: Advice For Creating a Warm & Livable Home
- Don't Rush & Don't Settle: Advice on Finding What You Love
- Explore Possibilities! Advice on Taking Risks With Your Home's Design
- Don't Worry About Others: Advice on Creating a Home That Works For You
- Advice for Creating a Home That Reflects Your Personality
- Start With Good Lighting and More Advice On Filling a Home
- Get Out of Your Comfort Zone (And More Advice on Design Risks)