Ok, so despite the warm temperatures up here in the northern tundra, it definitely isn’t spring yet. But, it is the beginning of what is going to be a wonderful new year. And my new year’s resolution – NO MORE CLUTTER!
Now trust me, I am not one to collect stuff (although, I make an exception for fabulous artwork, great watches, pearls and pocketbooks) and my personal design aesthetic is minimalism for sure. But there is very little that tickles me more than a well organized closet. I love being able to find what I’m looking for and my closets and dresser drawers all lined up perfectly, anal retentive that I am. But, when those sharp corners begin to fade, and what was once folded is now in a ball, I’m on it!
One of my design tricks for some of the things that I just can’t part with, is to reuse or repurpose them. Years ago, while in Paris, I had a passion for Hermes scarves. I worked in the financial services industry at the time, and the dress code often included a scarf. Those days are over now and although I love wearing scarves, I don’t have the lifestyle to wear Hermes. And besides, folded around my neck always hid the most beautiful pattern. Voila, I framed it.
I’ve actually done the same thing with a kimono. One of my clients had gone to Japan and purchased a kimono to wear. Hand embroidered and made of the finest silk – the idea of wearing this masterpiece was incredibly impractical. But hung on her freshly painted white walls – now that makes an artistic statement.
I don’t expect that we all find these treasures but I do know that most people have no idea what they have! So, Lesson One: Make sure to go through your closets at least once a year. Lesson Two: If you are not gonna wear it, why not frame it?