|18th century Chinese household Buddha in niche above our fireplace. A 19th century bronze incense bowl holds candles.|
|Iris Apfel, the Style Icon and Advocate of More, in her New York living room.|
However, that may be changing. The #1 book on the New York Times Non-Fiction list in 2014 was Marie Kondo's "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing".
Having been an antiques dealer for more than 25 years, learning to 'let go' was a struggle. After all, there were all those wonderful old things that needed to be rescued, restored, loved, lived with. The moment of 'enlightenment' came when I retired from the trade last year. Slowly, all those lovely old things found a place in someone else's home. And - wonder of wonders! - I found I didn't miss them.
In fact, quite the opposite. I liked the empty spaces that those furnishings had once filled. There was a certain freedom in letting go of things and just keeping items that held real meaning for us.
I suppose many people would find our house rather boring and empty. No color. No pattern. Too few accessories. And way too much beige! But, it's how we want to live now...with calmness and serenity.
Living Room in Summer.
Living Room in Fall
|The dreadful sofa will be replaced when Sweetie the Cat departs the earth. The end table is 19th century country French from Georgian Antiques in Atlanta. Lamp is a converted 19th century French pot. |
|My favorite chair in which to read. The large television is an absolute necessity. My husband and I are film freaks. And yes, it looms like the Elephant in the Room, but we no longer care about that.|
Dining Room in Summer
|The dining table is new but was custom made from reclaimed 19th century cherry wood from France, bought for our first house years ago. The chandelier is Italian and was a wedding gift.|
Dining Room in Early Fall