Conscious Curation

The curated home is one that tells a story of specific taste and style. With every piece, there is a conscious understanding of its role and how it creates or adds to the balance of the room. This popular trend is perfect for those that enjoy showcasing items collected over the years without the restriction of sticking to a specific style. Here are a few quick tips to achieve that perfect curated look. 

Mingle old with new – 

Avoid having things look planned or overly staged. The essence of a curated look is that it appears as if it has been built up over time. One of my favorite showings was of a charming but relatively tiny home that had a deliberate use of indoor plants for a pop of color. Their arrangement throughout the home against the muted white walls and wooden beams was brilliant. As your eye moved across each room, you would notice the vintage or handmade art because of the location of the plant. The home told a story of travel, music and gave the beautiful artsy vibe that works so well in a small home.

Combine styles – 

Mixing and matching is trending in fashion and also in design. When you limit yourself to just one style, everything looks too intentional. Think of the story you want to be told or the feeling you hope to create in the room. Try mixing up your farmhouse style decor with something rustic or even mid-century modern to make it more interesting. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself and to change it until it suits you. 

Don’t be afraid to be creative – 

This is one of my favorite tips! I have always loved antiquing for this purpose because of how creative these stores can be. We all love the versatility of the mason jar and how it can be used for holding cotton balls in the bathroom or coffee in the kitchen. Take a look through your favorite designer stores and look for something creative or inspiring in your local thrift or market. 

A curated home is meant to be a reflection of you. As Albert Hadley once said, “design is coming to grip with one’s real lifestyle, one’s real place in the world. Rooms should not be put together for show but to nourish one’s well being.” Don’t be afraid to be bold and to try new things – that’s only the beginning! 

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