Southern Charm Brings Newark Family Comfort and Conversation
This family of four gathers in the family room to listen to music, read, and watch birds, rather than television.
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Being a good steward of your resources is always in style, says interior designer Kate FitzGerald-Wilks.
Before you head out to shop for furniture and accessories, take stock of what you own. The lamp in the guest room might be just right for the reading nook in your family room. The dining room rug might feel more at home in the family room.
Also look for hidden treasures in unexpected places: the attic, the basement, the garage, a seldom-used room.
Start by taking inventory, compiling a list of resources you can use for years to come. Here’s how:
- Begin with long-term storage space. FitzGerald-Wilks predicts you will rediscover pieces you had forgotten you owned.
- List each item with a brief description, including its origin and its measurements. And if you are a pack rat, don’t forget to note where you are storing it. (If possible, also list how much you paid for the item and when you bought it. That will come in handy if you ever have to file an insurance claim.)
- Photograph each item. If it’s an importance piece, take detail shots and pictures from several angles.
- You can maintain your inventory electronically or rely on paper safely stashed in a fireproof box. Update your list if you donate articles, pass things along to friends or relatives, or replace a piece that has worn out.
- Enlist an extra set of eyes to get a fresh perspective. A designer or a stylish friend can help you to see Aunt Millie’s rocking chair or Grandpop’s walking stick collection in a new light. An added benefit: Taking inventory is an opportunity to weed out articles you no longer need or want.