Creating the Curated, Budgeting Best

Tabitha outlines the curated look and helps you build a budget

by Tabitha Dietrich – October 24, 2017

Today we are going to talk about the latest “IT” trend in decorating – The Curated Look. Now as fancy and complicated as that sounds, it simply describes a space that is filled with unique items that have been acquired, or collected, over time.

I know there are a lot of “Downton Abbey” fans out there, so think of an English manor house where generation after generation has added items from different periods and styles thus creating layers of history. This is the epitome of the curated look. I love this style because it’s unique and personal, the way every home should be. It tells a story about the people who live there and in a way, it’s also a culmination of everything I have been teaching you on this program over the years. So, the question remains, how do you create this look? Because our tastes and style changes over time, history alone creates a curated look, but there are key elements to this style that I want to share with you.

First, mix and match and combine the old with the new. Use furniture and accessories of different styles, finishes and textures. Don’t be afraid to put an antique piece next to something brand new. Imagine a vintage, painted dresser with an aged patina and a modern, abstract painting hanging above it. These contrasts help create a room with history that looks like it has evolved over time.

Remember, even though we’re mixing things up, it’s very important to create consistency with these items. The pieces need to complement each other or your space will look chaotic. You can achieve consistency through color, shape, scale and visual balance. For example, that modern painting over the vintage dresser should contain some of the color that the dresser is painted. Get the idea?

The curated look also requires that you think outside the box. Try using items in ways other than what they were intended. But always keep it simple. The repurposing has to be effortless to look natural. Don’t know what to do with Grandma’s silver champagne bucket? Toss all your kitchen utensils in it and see how pretty that is next to the stove!

And finally, choose meaningful items. How many times have I told you, “If you love it, it will work!” A truly curated room is filled with things that you love and have meaning to you. Be confident in your own taste and style and display those things you love with pride!

Next, I’m going to talk to you about a key component to ANY and EVERY home improvement project that you do. It’s the budget. A necessary evil, but one that too many people fail to take the time to really develop. So, here are some tips to help keep yourself out of trouble.

First, make a wish list. Write down everything you want done and be specific. Make sure you include furniture, accessories, window treatments and don’t forget any construction or structural repairs that may be needed as well.

Next, start familiarizing yourself with price tags. Do your research by hitting the stores, looking at catalogs and surfing the Internet to find out what things will actually cost. Everything is available in a range of price points. Talk to contractors as well and get estimates so you know what it will cost to hire a professional if necessary. Not everyone can install their own hardwood floor or tile a bathroom.
Now you can start looking at how much disposable income you have for this project or if you have saved up enough money. It’s important to be brutally honest with yourself on this.

With these first 3 steps completed, it’s time to prioritize your wish list with the actual costs and available funds and itemize what is necessary to achieve your goal. Budgeting and decorating are a process that sometimes requires you to adjust and make trade-offs to arrive at choices that you can live with. Perhaps your long range plan can be implemented in phases as time and money allow. Here’s where prioritizing becomes important because it doesn’t make sense to buy new furniture to be put on a floor that needs to be replaced.

Make a plan and stick to it! It keeps you focused and prevents costly mistakes. In the end, you can enjoy your new space without feeling guilty about how much you spent on it.

Idea/Concept: Tabitha Dietrich
Videography: Andrew Moore
Video Editing: Andrew Moore
Writing: Tabitha Dietrich

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