Gaining Perspective: Good Decorating (& Life!) Advice from Our House Tours

published Mar 25, 2014
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This month has been all about home remedies, but sometimes the most meaningful fixes are those of perspective. Here are some sage words of wisdom from the hosts of some of our recent house tours, as well as some visual inspiration to show how they put their theories into practice.

Sarah’s Curio-Filled Studio: (photo shown above)
Revamp when the urge hits. When circumstances change in your life and you need a feeling of freshness and renewal, a great way to commemorate is to redecorate!
(Image credit: Heather Blaha)
Eva’s Sense of Clarity:
#1 Do it with love.
#2 Good design is more about good proportions than about budget.
#3 Furniture that is “light” on its feet allows the floor to visually continue below the pieces, which helps to preserve some spaciousness in a small space.
(Image credit: Liana Hayles Newton)
Mimi’s Bright & Welcoming Brooklyn Home Tour:
Sometimes doing little by little is better than doing it all at once. There are little nuances that get missed when you are in a project frenzy of trying to get everything done. The best spaces feel lived in.
(Image credit: Monica Wang)
Matthew’s Magical Woodland Wonderland:
Always find some way to include a sense of humor in your decor aesthetic, and create a space that gives you some sense of escapism and peace. It’s a scary world out there.
(Image credit: Alexis Buryk)
Ellenkate & Tim’s Clever DIY:
When you’re estimating how long a project will take, add 40% to your best guess, and recognize ahead of time that you’re going to need to make at least one extra trip to the hardware store. Design and decorate your space to be lived in rather than simply looked at.
(Image credit: Bethany Nauert)
Kelly’s Cozy Chic Studio:
Don’t overthink things. I have a tendency to worry about the outcome of my inspirations, not knowing if my design intentions will turn out the way I conceive them in my head. It can be crippling and deter you from even getting started. Just jump in!
(Image credit: Adrienne Breaux)
Laura & Ray’s Art-Filled Austin Home:
If you’re on the fence, get it.