Photo: Greg Natale
For years it seems there has been this driving need for “newness” for people. Things go out dated so quickly in both home style and fashion and people seem to get restless for something newer, better, bigger. With the help of Instagram and Pinterest a “Keeping up With the Jones'” society has also evolved or rather become more prevalent. We can all pretend that we don’t fall into those traps but let me be the first one to say I often feel inadequate after scrolling through social media pictures. But the other end of reality is that for my business I need to look at these outlets, it’s just important to remind myself that I’m looking for inspiration, not to emulate their life.
I think a lot of people these days suffer from FOMO and fear falling into the “have-not” category. My goal as an interior designer is to help people create spaces that reflect their lifestyle and personality by incorporating both new and old pieces into their homes. I guide people to make thoughtful decisions when making purchases. It’s SO easy to walk into a Homegoods or Target and pick up trendy new items that you see everyone else has and I have been guilty of it many a time but have been really working on my self control and focusing on things I really want and love, even at Homegoods and Target.
My suggestion for enhancing your home’s story is to scour the attics or basements (living rooms) at relatives for hidden heirlooms or peruse the aisles of antique stores looking for old items that speak to you. I’m currently on a quest for an old church pew or bench to fill up a weird spot in our house but while searching I found a great old confessional kneeler that is a really close runner up if what I’m looking for doesn’t manifest itself. The best part about looking for these objects is you get creative about where to put them and what purpose they will serve functional? decorative? Whether we end up with a church pew or confessional kneeler, it will serve as a timeout spot (not that my sweet little angels will EVER get a timeout) because the irony of it slays me. For years I have fallen prey to the “newer is better” way of thinking but as my style evolves and my family grows I see the importance of purchasing and preserving (i.e. keeping them away from my children until they’re at least 30) well made items or restoring and treasuring family pieces.
What I want to create in a home is life, history, conversation, nostalgia. Things I never appreciated as a child or even “adult” when I knew what style was. Single worst decision was convincing my mom to get rid of leopard pieces my grandmom had- a leopard chair AND ceramic leopard statue to be precise- both of which I now want and have been desperately trying to locate. Waahhhh! My point is, if I had always focused on what I loved, not only for style but for what it was and what it meant to my family, I would be surrounded by memories instead of wasted money.
Here are some ways I have been bringing life back into my home and inspiration to take it a step further:
Recipes from both my family + my husband’s. They’re stained with food + love! The double glass frame is great for seeing the writing on the back, too! Full wall shot of my recipes frames. You can get them here Love this idea! Photo: Pinterest And this…what a cute bridal shower gift this would make! Photo: Pinterest While the basket is more modern and new, and these stones are from one of the best trips my husband and I took to Canada. They are called “Wishing Stones” and have a folklore that states the circles on them are created by fairies dancing around a fire at night and when the fire goes out, the white ring is left. If you come upon a stone and see the entire ring, make a wish and pick it up. They are constant reminders of that wonderful adventure we took. And this is what I’m looking for! Photo: Pinterest
How do incorporate old pieces into your decor? Do you have questions on where to put a special object? Let me know, I’d love to help!