How Often Should You Update Your Home's Decor?


I was recently in the home of a couple who undoubtedly spent a lot of money to have their home furnished.  Many of the items were expertly selected and have served them well for many years.  Since they're still in good condition and some pieces have only received limited use, should they be encouraged to update their home?  It's been over a decade since they've done so.  What do you think?  How long is too long to go before updating your home's decor?




Aside from the lack of color, which was done intentionally, what updates would you recommend for this space?

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  1. if that color scheme is working for them, then it is the only thing i'd keep. i'd look to establish the same vibe with more contemporary versions of everything: furniture, art, fixtures, textiles. everything.

    but updates are down to taste and budget. oprah once said on her show that you need at least $1000 to redo a room and her audience did not cotton to that. $1000 is a lot of money to the average person. to blow it decorating a room is out of the question. if you're trendy, indulge cheaply. otherwise, make it the way you want it to be for the long haul. i think a home should make you feel your most at ease. whether your style is slacks, jewels and heels or sweats and khakis, your home should reflect you in a way that makes you comfortable in the presence of others. not uptight, not embarassed, not stressed. just at perfect ease.

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    1. Lovely comments. You are right. I felt that the couple was comfortable and not sure if they should change it. They live in Miami and have no children. They spent over 150,000 furnishing the first time. Everthing is solid and shows little wear. Just a little dated.

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  2. i agree with you. the blinds should go no matter what. #4 could stand to lose that valance and do window treatments that emphasize the height of the room instead. the sofa in #2 is all that i'd consider keeping.

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    1. Good. It's from Kreise :) But that's the thing. None of it has been used much and it was expensive when it was purchased. Is it the light wood that is throwing things off for you? Wouldn't it be easier to just stain it and update the window treatments, bedding, pillows, art and accessories.

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  3. hmm...maybe. the lightness overall feels '80s to me. not nearly as distinct as a pastel room with ruffled valance/curtains/skirted furniture. but it still feels like a luxury home from that era. (also the floors.)

    staining could make the difference. perhaps they're willing to swap the cream for a pale greige or gray. something with a cool undertone that would make that subtle-but-significant difference. beyond that, swap everything. that metal seems dated too. although, i just don't like it. it reminds me of the sort of thing you see in dirt cheap furniture stores with things that look like some old world, super-ornate style but are really just endlessly tacky.

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  4. I think the main pieces are solid and worth salvaging. I think the focus should be on the accents and accessories, of course depending upon their budget for the update. Even the light furniture does not both me that much(staining it a grayish tone could work or end up looking wishy-washy). I would start with a new color palette, maybe a piece of art for inspiration and add pops of color with new pillows, vases, and the like. Go for a eclectic, collected over time look since the furniture is very "classic" in its lines. Maybe an animal print rug, then updated mirrors and light fixtures in a industrial glam style. Just my opinion, good luck... *smile*

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    1. Love me an aminal print rug. #IJS What's the best place to send these pieces? Consignment, craigs list, or keep them and repurpose them?

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