Leave It – Out, out, out! She suggests unless you will have nothing left to live with, to get rid of those pieces that are all wrong for your home and your style, to get them out of the house as quickly as possible. You may not be able to make creative decisions with those pieces in the way. If you do have to keep them temporarily, then make them tolerable, she suggests. H ere’s an example of some of the before and after pics she shares in the book. It’s amazing the difference. All of these families had ordinary, nothing special furniture to work with, just like many of us do. Who hasn’t had to make do with hand-me-downs during our lives as some point? I know I sure have!
Before room: A nd AFTER : This family did end up moving their old sofa to another room and buying some new pieces, but what a difference in the feel of the room. They did add some new moldings and take a look at how paint can transform a space.
T heir diningroom area.
T his was a young bachelor’s space, just run of the mill, old furniture that had seen better days.
S ome pieces were kept, some discarded, and changes were made to make it all work together better and a few accessories were added.
A nother dramatic transformation with paint on the walls. Amazing what editing, changing, and painting will do.
Finally, there is the small kitchen , a far-flung world from its richer cousins who always seem to bask under the spotlight, be a part of the grand cover story in every design magazine and the envy of millions across the globe. Let’s face it, not all of us can splurge on a lavish kitchen with loads of available space. Yet this should not stop you from either using gray or turning that modest kitchen into a masterpiece in its own right. The idea that gray creates a claustrophobic setting in small spaces is misguided, and often it is poor planning, clutter and bad lighting that perpetuate this myth.
The principles of honesty, utility and simplicity guided the Shakers and manifested in their craftsmanship. They rejected ornamentation as it encouraged the sin of pride. Instead, the Shaker furniture makers played with form, proportions, and asymmetry to add visual interest. Though the Shaker communities were largely self-sufficient and closed off from the mainstream world, they did sell excess goods and furniture pieces beyond their community. Fortunately, the style and historical pieces have been preserved and even reinterpreted today. — Quelcy