by christina britt lewis
making your new house feel like home can be hard.
everything you already have feels too big or too small or just wrong.
so here is how to have a smooth move...
keep only what you love
there is no better time to purge. do not pay to move things you don't love. time to toss, relentlessly. better to have less that you love than more that you hate. so say goodbye to anything that does not fill you with happiness and good memories. give it away, give it away, give it away now.
see the potential in what you already have
move your large furniture directly into the appropriate rooms, but move all art and accessories into the dining room. lean art against the walls and place accessories on the table. unpacked. so you can see it all. make your dining room your own personal homegoods. shop from there. the art that looked good over your bed in your old house may be the perfect thing for over your fireplace in the new house. forget the way things were and see the way things could be.
finish the family room first
this is where you spend the most time. fear not the hole in the wall. hang your art and family photos. nothing makes a house feel like home faster than hanging your art. if you need new things, spend here first. finish the family room so you love coming home...
one room at a time
don't think about the whole house, just think about the next room. go in order of the rooms where you spend the most time. finish each one before moving on to the next.
the time is now
we moved into our home 12 years ago. i can see my neighbor's mantel from my kitchen window. 12 years ago she could not decide what to hang there. i've seen art come and go more times than i can count over the years. she can't decide. nothing is perfect. her quest for perfection (whatever that is) prevents her from finishing.
perfection is nothing but an illusion
life is not a pottery barn catalog.
the reason we are booked till kingdom come is not because we find perfect things for people.
the secret to our crazy success is that we finish things for people.
people come to us because they are tired of trying. they want to feel peace and contentment when they come home. our clients are not interested in keeping up with the joneses, they value living well and spending less. they are people who prefer spending weekends laughing by the fire with the ones they love than spending weekends searching for the perfect piece of art for over the fireplace.
now some people love the hunt. if that's you, shop on with your bad self. but we meet new people every week who are tired of the hunt. they are not hunters. they are gatherers. hgtv, pinterest, catalogs, magazines, instagram... it all makes it seem that the hunt is where the fun is. i beg to differ. for me, the fun is in the gathering with the ones i love in my ohsonotperfect finished family room.
and here is the best part...
you don't need US to have THAT!
finish and gather
you got this
we believe in you
christina for all