Learning to Trust Your Instinct

Learning to Trust Your Instinct

Abby Stone
May 14, 2008

A few weeks ago, Maxwell's weekly email rounded-up best small sofas. Hmmm...there was one that resembled a daybed we've been coveting at a friend's house...could it be? Yes it was! We emailed her the good news. It made her day, especially since she'd paid a pittance for it at a thrift store (yes, she's one of those people). And no, neither of us, design addicts both, had known it was a Hans Wegner, the designer of some of our favorite chairs.

It wasn't the first time we'd had this experience. Whether at our grandmother's house, a friend's house, a thrift shop, a flea market or a garage sale, there's often a piece that's captivates us and later proves to be a treasure. Maybe not of the Antique Roadshow variety but definitely something with staying power. As a result, we've learned to trust our instinct when we buy stuff for our own home, pouncing on the things we love even when "no one wants it" and shying away from those that don't "feel right," even when shopping companions have urged us to buy it. Try it. If nothing else, you'll find yourself surrounded by things you love. And, if you're lucky, you could find yourself quickly becoming one of "those" people.


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