And on to the Botonical Gardens in the Bronx…and the weather could not have been better!
Annie dropped me off at the train station and within minutes I was back in Grand Central Station and strolling through Saks Fifth Avenue.
- Do a floor plan on grid paper to see how your furniture will fit. Have about 36″ for walkways and about 18″ to your coffee table.
- Start with an inspiration piece like artwork or a rug or fabric (in these two family rooms the first one used a rug the homeowner wanted to buy and the second used an existing rug)
- Place the furniture in a conversational grouping and mix it up so that it’s not all matching.
- Declutter all your accessories and place in one area. Then shop from what you own. When it looks just right, stop and store or giveaway the rest.
- Fill in with something fresh like plants, flowers or a tree.
- Choose colors or neutrals that you like (check out your closet)
- Create a focal point from where you stand when you enter the room.
- I always like to throw in a luxurious cashmere throw…a gift to yourself. And remember the importance of pretty new pillows!
I spied the artwork from photo of her hallway and asked her to try it on her previously bare mantel. Sometimes is just takes another pair of eyes (ask a friend’s help). Now she has a focal point.