27/06/2016

How To: Curate your Home (on a budget!)

I believe your home should tell your story and reflect your personality. I want to feel comfortable and relaxed in my home and a big part of that, for me, is to be surrounded by items I love. Details such as, mementos bought back from trips away, family photographs, books I enjoy reading, candles and trinkets and treasures I've collected over the years.

Although I want my home to feel comfortable and lived in, I also don't want it to be a cluttered mess of everything I've ever collected so every now and then I edit a room or an area in a room, curating it by switching out accessories and moving things around. Sometimes, I have a clear out and donate items or filter them into my etsy shop, other times I just store them away until the next move around when they make come back out again! I would love to say that I'm really organised and do this by season, packing up my Summer decor and adding warmer tones for Winter and vice versa but to be honest, I just change things when the mood takes me!

Curating your home on a budget
William McLure

Curating your home on a budget
William McLure
The images above are brilliant examples of how to 'curate' your home; every item is displayed like a work of art, yet I don't think it looks fussy or staged, it looks lived in, homely and inviting and encourages me to discover the story behind each item.

How to curate your home on a budget
Eddie Ross

How to curate your home on a budget
Eddie Ross

How to curate your home on a budget
Rebecca De Ravenel

How to curate your home on a budget
Rebecca De Ravenel
How to curate your home on a budget
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Editing and curating your home gives a room an expensive feel when it can actually be achieved on a very tight budget. Items gifted, passed down, picked up from charity shops and flea markets as well as collected from the beach or garden take pride of place. When these smaller pieces are grouped together (such as in the image above) they immediately have more impact and look more chic than they would displayed individually.

Tips for curating your home on a budget:

1. Add books - piles of books or magazines add height and colour and ground a collection. These can be picked up cheaply from a charity shop or use what you already have hidden away at home!
Useful tip - to make old books fit in with your colour palette is to cover them with fabric or paper, you could go neutral or add a splash of colour!
2. Group items - as mentioned above, collecting items on a tray or on top of books adds drama and impact.
3. Choose a theme - grouping pieces together by colour for example will give your scheme a more cohesive look.
4. Add flowers or plants - they can be picked from your garden or an inexpensive bunch from your local supermarket but adding greenery always softens and adds texture to a room.
5. Collect treasures - foraged items such as shells, pebbles, pinecones etc and use clever tricks like mounting or framing them.
Useful tip - in William McLure's home he has displayed his shells on clear perspex bases giving them a museum feel and making them look expensive.
6. Decorate with unexpected items - your favourite dress or necklace collection hung on the wall or a cheap box of matches decanted into a clear glass bottle or recycled jam jar are special touches that add personality but don't cost a lot!
7. Add artwork - artwork on walls or even propped against walls adds height and a focal point to a room. Art doesn't have to be expensive, it can be family photographs, children's drawings, postcards, sketches or even pages ripped out of magazines.
8. Don't forget the larger items - If everything in your room is small, it could end up looking cluttered and messy, rooms need scale and somewhere for the eye to focus so don't forget the larger pieces such as an oversized vase or large piece of artwork. Adding height and scale could also be accomplished inexpensively by introducing tall stems, real or faux, or large house plants.

I'd love to hearif you guys curate your homes and how you do it, just leave a comment below.

Happy curating!

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