When deciding what to buy and what to
bring (especially those things left over from
your “maybe” pile), think tailored and streamlined. Chairs, sofas or dining tables that are well
scaled can transfer pretty easily. However, oversize sofas or chaises with bulky arms or large,
chunky tables can be trickier.
Of course, the caveat is that if it’s a piece
you absolutely love, you’ll always find a space
for it. Also, look for opportunities to give new
life to old pieces—like turning that great cabinet you love into a kitchen island.
Finally, incorporate pieces that can do
dual duty. “I look for things that are both decorative and functional,” Ryan says. She has two
decorative hope chests that are lovely accent
pieces, but also hold her sweaters.
The various baskets she’s collected on her
travels also work hard: They serve as interesting accessories for shelves and tables, and when
she entertains they’re perfect for holding guest
silverware and napkins.
“I don’t need a bunch of room,” Ryan says.
“I just need flexibility.” C
Cincinnati-based freelance writer Judi Ketteler
writes for several home and garden magazines,
including Better Homes & Gardens, Decorating,
Country Gardens and Kitchen & Bath Ideas.
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