It’s happened to all of us: no matter how ruthlessly you edit your home down to the things you love, you wind up with a few pieces you hardly care for – yet rely on too much to outright toss. The too-big glass vase you can’t even remember getting. The “gift with purchase” that’s become an eyesore. The things that, to alter the title of Nate’s book, Don’t Matter.
So here’s some fun homework – identify these things in your home and swap them out with pieces that make your heart leap when you see them. The ones that, as Nate says, bring an energy and story to your space. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Instead of: The workhorse tablecloth that’s beginning to show its age… and what you had for dinner the last several months.
Swap in: This silver fringed runner that still dresses up the dining room but stays (mostly) safe from spills.
Instead of: The plain glass vase your birthday flowers were delivered in… three years ago. And always seems to be the wrong size, no matter the arrangement.
Swap in: This textured ceramic vase that will add a warm and sophisticated touch to fresh flowers.
Instead of: The art you bought several years and several homes ago… that no longer speaks to you but you keep around to fill wall space.
Swap in: This asymmetrical mirror set. As Nate says: “We don’t have to just relegate our walls to hold only framed photos. Walls are a great way to introduce new elements and finishes into our homes.”
Instead of: The ottoman that came for free with your armchair… it’s comfortable, sure, but also bulky and plain.
Swap in: This fringed stool will get the job done while adding visual interest in a much smaller footprint.
Instead of: The plastic soap dispenser your liquid soap came in… and you replace every couple months at a premium.
Swap in: This gem glass soap pump. A glamorous update AND you’ll save money by buying soap in bulk to fill it.
Instead of: The plastic container your cotton balls or swabs came in… and is a total eyesore on your bathroom counter.
Swap in: This gold gem decorative box. Because throwaway plastic should be…thrown away. And your bathroom deserves some sparkle besides the fixtures.