I have a few design lessons for you today.
If you decide to redo your house, go ahead and redo it. If you feel like going in a completely different direction, go ahead and do it. But don’t, DON’T, DO NOT throw out everything you used to love. DO NOT. I’m using capitals a lot here because I need you to understand the importance of this.
If you truly love something you’ll always love it. Sure … you might get sick of it for a while but you’ll want it again eventually. Take asparagus soup for instance. A few years ago I went on an aparagus soup kick. I must have made asparagus soup three times a week for a few months. I couldn’t get enough asparagus soup. And then one day as I brought the steaming spoonful of asparagus soup to my lips I nearly threw up. I did not want asparagus soup. I was quite literally sick of it.
A few years passed and right out of the blue I got a craving. For asparagus soup. Luckily I hadn’t banned any groceries stores from carrying Asparagus so I could once again make asparagus soup.
Now imagine this as a design scenario. What if you loved something, got sick of it, then threw it out! What would you do then? Well, you’d probably cry several years later when you wanted to look at it again, but you realized it was either in someone else’s house or at the bottom of a landfill. Even worse, what if you gave it to a relative and they wouldn’t give it back? The horrifying possibilities are endless.
When I redid my house several years ago, taking it from Messy Granny to Rustic Modern I was tempted to throw out every single antique I owned. But I didn’t. I saved a few key pieces that I loved, and a bunch of accessories I didn’t think I’d ever use again. For some reason … though … I didn’t throw them out. A few paintings, some pieces of silver and a lot of candlesticks. You know … accessories.
And I can’t even begin to tell you how glad I am that I didn’t.
As the months go by I’m finding that while I love this whole Rustic Modern thing I have going on … I also like my old stuff. And I’m sneaking it back into the repertoire.
Earlier this week I pulled out my silver water pitcher from the back of my buffet. Just looking at it makes me smile. I love it. And I was *this close* to throwing it out a few years ago. If I hadn’t had room in my buffet I probably would have.
So if you really love something but find you’re getting sick of it. Just stash it … don’t smash it.
You don’t always have to put your flowers in a vase. I’ve said this before, but I’m saying it again after being invigorated by this post. You can stuff a plant or some flowers into just about anything. Try out this or that and see what works. But don’t use say … an old Kitty Litter box. That would just be ugly. And quite possibly very confusing for the cat.
If you have a vase of beautiful flowers put em wherever you spend the most time so you have more time to look at them! For me it’s the kitchen.
If I have a few flowers left over I like to put them in the bedroom. I don’t see them for very long each day, but nothing starts your day nicer than waking up to a bedside table with daffodils.
Except maybe waking up to a cup of coffee and some crispy bacon. Served to you on an antique silver tray. The one shoved in the back of the buffet.