Start this new year’s resolution with a walking tour of your house. Keep two
things in mind..
Do I really like this room?
Do I like the way the furniture is arranged, do I like the artwork on the walls, do I like the flooring, rugs
or carpet? Do I like how I use this room? Could this room be used for something else?
Does this room really work?
Is everything convenient? Are the tables useful? The right height? Is this
room a thoroughfare? Is this room cold or too hot? Is the sun putting a glare on the TV? You get the
If you answer YES to both questions, then stop reading………… but if the answer is NO to either, then
read on and think about adopting these words as part of your New Year’s resolutions…
Sometimes furniture ends up in the wrong place. For instance, an end table that has always been in one
place may be too small or too low now. The lamp that used to work in that space may now seem too
short, too dim, too bright or just plain ugly (or tired). So that involves changing shades? or replacing it?
Maybe it could live in another room, or maybe it’s time for a new one.
Sometimes furniture needs to be repositioned. This can be an easy and fresh solution. We lived in our
new house for months before we moved one chair to the other side of the fireplace and it made all the
difference to the flow of the room. I have rehung many pictures 2 inches higher or lower and thought
WOW, that looks much better.
Many people are influenced by the color of a room. Does your room make you feel cold, hot, sad, happy
or just DULL? A fresh room is just a can of paint away.
I promise you that reupholstering is an expensive solution, so I suggest you do it only to the pieces you
really love. Plenty of fully upholstered furniture is not worth reupholstering. It is a much better use of
your money to buy a new piece.