Owner & Lead Stylist, The Den
When sourcing inventory for our staging collection, a few consistent questions come up. Do these pieces feel special and are they aesthetically pleasing? I strive to have our listings feel thoughtfully curated and collected over time even though our team technically only spends a few hours pulling it all together. A beautifully designed home is one that feels like it has a story to tell with a careful balance of new and old pieces. It’s ok to not buy a matching bedroom set or sofa with matching chairs. If you’re craving to shake up the vibe in your home at the change of the season, it may feel daunting to know exactly where to start to achieve the look. Rather than holding yourself to a specific color scheme or theme throughout your home, opt for pieces that have special meaning to you or at least look like they have a story to tell.
The simplest, quickest, and most affordable swaps can be smaller decorative objects. I’m drawn to pieces that have a hint of whimsy and true conversation starters. For instance, I have a whole collection of various ceramic bananas in our inventory and a growing number of ceramic hands. Yes, you read that right! Odd collection to some, but they’re great tucked away on a built-in as a hidden surprise or proudly displayed on a coffee table among an assortment of beautiful art and photography books. No matter how strange an object may feel to display, if you’re drawn to it, go for it. Our homes are our sanctuaries and should be filled with objects that inspire us and generally bring us joy.
Smaller accent furniture pieces like tables and lamps are also easy options that are noncommittal if you will. I would splurge on a staple piece like a new sofa but hunt for a unique vintage table or lamp to incorporate in. I recently scored two incredible vintage floor lamps from @Star.Power.Vintage as pictured, and although vintage, they feel fresh and contemporary. Plus, most of the time you can throw a table and lamp into your car and easily get them home the moment you find the perfect pieces. If you end up falling out of love with it in a year or two, there’s a huge market for reselling vintage furniture and you can pass it along to the next person. As an added bonus, it’s the most sustainable way to keep pieces out of landfills too. If venturing into the vintage landscape scares you a bit too much, retailers like CB2 have been offering incredible pieces lately with a nod to the authentic vintage ones. You can easily find travertine tables and many eye-catching postmodern reproductions with the click of a button.
Texture & Warmth
Once you have the furniture nailed down, add warmth and layers of texture through rugs, throws, and pillows. This is another area that you don’t need to focus on having two of the same pillows for instance. Fill your sofa with a mix of patterns and textures to add interest. I’m currently obsessed with round ball pillows in bouclés and velvets for a touch of the unexpected. Vintage rugs can be a tricky investment, but I always consult @ShopDrécor when in need. The shop owner, Andréa has the best eye and sources rugs drenched in rich colors and beautiful patterns. Although based in Dallas, Texas she offers shipping if you find one you love.
You Do You
Another personal favorite is sheepskins (don’t worry, there are some good faux options out there too!). They can add so much dimension to a chair, sofa, or recently we used a client’s full-size sheep rug across their bed. At the end of the day, don’t worry about trends or what everyone else is doing. Throw the rules out of the window and create an environment that is perfectly and uniquely you.