In May, I took the Surfliner down to San Diego to speak at a conference. I boarded the business class train, reclined my comfy seat, put on my earphones, and opened YouTube.
I love TEDTalks. In fact, one of my dreams is to be a speaker at TED.
The first video that came into my feed was a TEDTALK, The Ten-Item Wardrobe by Jennifer L. Scott. The title caught my curiosity.
After watching Jennifer’s talk, I began to think of how these principles could apply to interior design and a well-lived life beginning at home.
LET’S TALK ABOUT THE PROBLEM
I often time find myself playing the editor for clients. They have lots of ideas, but we have to come to the realization that they all aren’t going to work for a whatever reason – space, style, budget, etc…
We live in a society of MORE. So, often times, I feel people have a sense of wanting to fill their homes to the brim, but more isn’t always better.
Many clients try to do it themselves, only to be disappointed and unhappy with the decisions they have made.
Sometimes, they haven’t been thoughtful or discerning with their purchases. No, the Italian modern lamp wasn’t the best choice for your English Tudor home. Just because you got a good deal on it, doesn’t mean it belongs in your home.
Many have a clouded sense of their own personal style. Some don’t even have any idea what their personal style is or have words or pictures to describe it.
So, inevitably, they just give up on creating their dream home.
HERE IS THE SOLUTION
First and foremost, I suggest you be comfortable in your own skin and have a sense of your own personal style. If you can’t put it into words, try using Pinterest or magazines to collect photos of homes you like.
Next, start with a plan. A furniture plan is a great way to start. Look to what you need for function first.
One room at a time, clear out the entire room. Decide what stays and what goes.
Some of the questions I ask my client when going through this process include:
Does this fit in with my personal style and the architecture of the home?
Is it age appropriate? (HINT: What you liked when you are in your twenties has probably evolved now that you are in your forties.)
Do I love it?
Do I use it?
Is it damaged or broken?
After assessing each piece, decide what pieces will stay in the room, what needs to be thrown away, and what can be donated. Trust me, someone will be happy to have your furniture.
By going through this process, it will help you to make a list of items you need to select and make the selection process much easier.
You will have a visual example of your true style, and it will be evident to you and your guest.
Become discerning. Before making that next purchase, you will have a clearer understanding of your personal style and seek out purchasing items of higher quality within your budget.
You are more likely not to give in to impulse buys. Just because the hot pink lounge chair is on sale, it doesn’t mean that you need to buy it.
By editing your home, it will help you become organized and lacking of excess clutter. Your home will make you feel better and always be presentable for guest.
Finally, by doing this, it shows a great sense of respect for yourself and your home. I allows you to present yourself authentically and enjoy living this way.