How do you wisely update your home's interior?

I fear that my home is not "fresh" looking and needs an update. While I would never paint or throw away my lovely antique furniture, I need pointers on how to work with what I have. How does one keep the best and remove the rest? How do you even know what that is? Is there a good website that has helpful hints?

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  • Yes, I hear you! Many people make the mistake of trying to display all their nice pieces at once. Don't, just don't. Less is more. Rotate your decor by holiday, season or just because. Try rearranging furniture every once in a while. My house is small by most standards and jam packed with my furniture and antique pieces from my parents after they passed. Even though I am wall to wall furniture, I try and move things around to keep it interesting.

    Keep the best and remove the rest - research what you have and find out it's value. If it was a piece picked up at Target, Wal-Mart, Home Goods, etc., not valuable, but a diy'ers dream, so if you don't need it, give it away, just don't trash it. Keep the pieces that are valuable, sentimental regardless of worth, and those that serve a function.

    There are hundreds of helpful websites. All you need to do is learn how to Google to find what you are looking for. For example: you wish to style your living room or salon. Go to Google and type in "how to style living room" or "how to style living room with antiques" or "how to style living room farmhouse" or any style you wish to emulate.

    Flip through magazines, surf the internet and see how collections are displayed. Then gather up your stuff and grab a trusted friend and try with the things you already own, and I bet you have beautiful items to work with.

    Even if you were not born with an eye for design, it can be learned. You can also book a consult with a professional home stager and learn a few tips and tricks there too. Hope this helps some!

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Oct 18, 2018

    I teach a class on that but I'm in Louisville, my. Start with a pattern, add some smaller accent patterns bring in colors from there, refresh with paint. That's a start

    • Nic Nic on Oct 18, 2018

      Thank you, Kelli! That is helpful advice. Now all I need is some $$$!