With personalization of our homes and apartments, comes "stuff". With "stuff" comes the need to place it for enjoyment and use. Sometimes we are so overwhelmed by the collection of "stuff", it doesn't give us the cohesive design that we want. As a long-time collector, from candles to dishes to pillows, I have found that too many of those items does not bring pleasure. After weeding out my favorites, finding homes for those items that didn't make the cut, I exemplify that less IS more.
Try these five tips to create "less is more" so your rooms are comfortable but uncluttered.
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2) Swap items seasonally. If your collection is very large, downsize and display favorites, swapping out for others throughout the year.
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5) Remove the details. Ornamentation, ruffles, and details of that nature can add to clutter. An example: a ruffled pillow is more distracting than a knife-edged one. Try eliminating tassels hanging from drapes and knobs on furniture. Add them back for festive holidays. Use solid textures instead of fussy prints on fabrics for upholstered seating; a slipcover can work in lieu of re-doing your sofa.