When it comes to decorating, sometimes you have to let it go.
Often decorating a home isn’t about adding more furniture or accessories; it’s about taking some away. That’s when consulting with a knowledgeable interior decorator like Claudia Leah of Decorating Den Interiors can be most helpful and liberating.
“Sometimes people have pieces in their home they actually never quite liked but still keep them around since they either cost them a lot of money, or they ‘got it from my mother-in-law, don’t like it, but it needs to be here when she comes for a visit once a year’,” explains Claudia.
Claudia knows how to size up a room and find the glaring errors that keep the space from coming together in harmony. Perhaps it’s a piece of furniture that needs to be reupholstered, a framed picture that just needs a new mat, or a lamp that simply needs a new shade. But, many times, it’s something that doesn’t fit, something they don’t even like, something that just needs to go. And that can be painful for the homeowners. That’s when Claudia can help with their “separation anxiety.”
“It really depends on how strongly the client feels (or hates) the piece,” Claudia says. “I often get called in to be the mediator between spouses because they can not reach an agreement.”
Often homes are over decorated because people keep adding and adding and never taking away. The space is more about the decorations than the people who live there. She shows them that if they let go and give the room some white space they will feel freer and the pieces they do like will stand out, not be lost in the clutter.
Holding on to something because someone gave it to you is just holding you back, keeping you from moving forward. No one, not even a mother or mother-in-law, should ever dictate your lifestyle or surroundings. When a client is on the fence about a piece, her rule is ‘when in doubt, take it out!’
She suggests options in ‘letting go: Give the piece to another family member who will appreciate it. Or sell it on Craig’s List or Ebay and make a little money. Or donate it to a resale shop for a charitable cause (and get a tax write-off too).
With lots of tact and a gentle nudge, Claudia guides her clients through the process, understanding that it can be emotional. Once the pain is gone, their rooms come alive, looking larger and more welcoming.
“When a client finally lets go and purges these out-of-place pieces they find their lives simplified. They feel freer, happier and energized,” Claudia says.
Call Claudia Leah at Decorating Den. Let her show you how to “let it go.”