Firsthand tips and ideasfrom our February guest editor, Sara Ruffin Costello.
1. If you don't love it, let it go. When I received a sizable check in the mail a few weeks ago, I thought there must have been an error. It was my portion of the proceeds of a junk sale that had been artfully merchandised by H&H Estate Sales, a local crew of geniuses, in the driveway of our New Orleans house. The reason for the purge was more psychological than anything. I had just wrapped my fourth renovation in 10 years, and the time had come to unbury myself. The extra cash was great, but witnessing the detritus of a 20-year collecting addiction being hauled away was almost payment enough. I could feel the weight lifting from my shoulders as battle-worn chairs, leftover rolls of fabric from upholstery long gone, plates, platters, silver cups, way too many shells, and a towering collection of British Vogues from the 1960s sailed off with new lovers. Our relationship was over, and I was relieved to seeRead More »from 5 Pieces of Design Advice to Live By