So,it's raining here, the kiddos HATE it as they can't be as feral outdoors as they usually are, but i kind of love it, a perfect day for pottering and doing jobs that otherwise get a bit neglected, like cleaning the fridge and sorting mail.
Today I'm going to chat a little bit about editing, I don't mean editing words, I mean houses, rooms, shelves etc. What I mean is quickly in the space of 30 mins lifting a room or area to a whole new level!
I must do this at least weekly, i never have anyone come in and not say "somethings changed", its never changed its just been edited…
So, what am I talking about?!…..
It's such an easy, instant way to re-fallin lovewith a space thats feeling a bit tired, tatty or cluttered, just have a regular house edit, change it up and refresh. Mr G seems to constantly be muttering "what are you changing now?" or "you want the lamp BACK upstairs?"
Ok, so an example, lets say your sofa and coffee table (if you don't have a coffee table then you need one, I'm not saying you need an actual table, it could be an old trunk stack of suitcases, small tree stump, an upturned basket, a drum or even a stack of collected magazines…..but you need a coffee table or side table at every seating area to create intrigue, like its own little story. So, look at yours now, go on…look, what's on it? Nothing? Everything? So take everything off… So the area is bare… Now, after giving everything a wipe and the cushions a good bang slowly and thoughtfully start replacing some items (adding carefully selected and loved items if you had nothing there to start with) think about the rule of 3, 3 cushions, 3 objects, everything looks better in an odd number, it much more pleasing to the eye, so i always seem to stick with 1 or 3. Think how you can add texture, a wool rug, a fur throw, if you don't have these you could chuck a beautiful chunky knitted cardigan over the arm or an old fur coat, adding layers of intrege as you go…. on my sofa i have a chunky grey wool blanket over one arm, a brown sheepskin chucked over the back, over the other arm i have a vintage fur coat, 1 grey velvet cushion, 1 cream shaggy wool cushion and a satin gold star cushion. On my coffee table (a vintage trunk in its past life) i have a large pile of magazines (MAJE house magazine hoarder) a round black tray holding a lamp, a fern (always need foliage, always always always always) and a small chunky stone bowl of pot puree (Santa Maria Novella pot puree of course)…. if you have a collection of items that seem a bit lost and under styled plonk them on a tray, it takes them to a whole new level of cool!
I love everything about that area, and it totally helps create the vibe i want to feel in this room (cosy and slouchy yet grown up and edgy) i have a rule, if you don't love what you have on display GET RID and if you just can't bare to part with it as it was a gift from Grandma Joan then put it in the cupboard and if its still there in 6 months BIN IT THEN, harsh i know but what Grandma Joan lacks in taste you gain in space!
Lastly try and keep the colour palette on the same level, adding pops of colour if you want to add a little bit of edginess or it will just look too busy with colour.
Hope that gives you some food for thought on this drizzly Friday eve… Talking of food I'm off now to cook chilli prawn linguine YUM!