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Belle - - Style Etiquette R I Ght Now - Life-chang­ing ideas for downsizers are on

‘SMART SPA­CES’ that feel spa­cious and ig­nite ad­mi­ra­tion for their in­ti­macy and ef­fi­ciency are about mak­ing the most of the area, em­pha­sis­ing their style po­ten­tial and get­ting clever with your pos­ses­sions. BE STRICT WITH YOUR­SELF The more pieces, pos­ses­sions and pat­terns in a room, the more clut­tered it will feel. AVOID TOO MANY OB­JECTS At least group them so they read as an in­stal­la­tion. Es­chew busy pat­terns and loud colours. Be in­ten­tional about what goes into the room. SPACE IS PRE­CIOUS Clear­ing and keep­ing your home fresh is a form of vis­ual, and men­tal, health. BREAK­ING UP IS HARD TO DO Be strong. Wrap your head around the task of throw­ing away your past be­fore you move. Bin ev­ery­thing you own that com­pro­mises your taste. Avoid cre­at­ing a limbo land of stor­age boxes. They only en­cour­age you to keep stuff that de­serves to be thrown away. You need to de­con­struct to re­con­struct.

Down­size your wardrobe, of­fice, kitchen, and liv­ing room in stages to work out what items you want to keep with­out mak­ing rushed de­ci­sions. Peo­ple think they can re­or­gan­ise their en­tire house in a day. You will get frus­trated. Fo­cus on one task at a time. Any­thing not es­sen­tial to you doesn’t make the move. BLIND­NESS Peo­ple of­ten fail to see what is good and what is bad in their homes. Blame sen­ti­men­tal­ity or sheer force of habit. Ask friends with taste and no agenda over to pick out what to dis­card or keep. AS­SESS YOUR POS­SES­SIONS Make ex­ec­u­tive de­ci­sions. Is that bowl some­thing you’ve al­ways se­cretly de­tested? Let it find true love with some­one else. DO AN IN­VEN­TORY Call a good auc­tion house. They can give ad­vice on as­sets. WHAT TO CHUCK Get rid of any­thing you wouldn’t pay to move. Old tow­els. Un­wanted gifts. Art you don’t love. ‘Only when’ cloth­ing. Un­used cos­met­ics. Books you’ll never read. Old elec­tron­ics. Dead gym gear. DIY projects that will never hap­pen. Shoes you don’t wear. Fusty old mag­a­zines. Per­fume that makes you sneeze. WORK OUT WHAT TAKES UP SPACE Don’t take things like a bulky iron­ing board – a hand-held steamer might work bet­ter and take up less room. THE POWER OF A SIN­GLE IDEA How will pieces work to­gether in your new space? If the goal is a calm set­ting, then things should be sim­ple and work to­gether in a har­mo­nious way. Ev­ery­thing can’t say, “Look at me!” PLAN Hav­ing a sound de­sign plan is im­por­tant in all spa­ces, but es­pe­cially so when down­siz­ing or side­siz­ing. Small spa­ces re­quire care­ful thought, and ev­ery cen­time­tre counts. Avoid fur­ni­ture with dra­matic arms. EDIT Don’t try to squeeze too many el­e­ments into your smart space. Go with one theme for har­mony and build from there, which doesn’t mean lim­it­ing style or drama. The main idea is to use fewer pieces but se­lect the right ones with im­pact and that give char­ac­ter to the room.

1 Merid­i­ani ‘Nor­ton’ sofa, $12,253, stu­dio­cavit.com. 2 ‘Mar­low’ side­board, $1899, liv­ing­by­de­sign.net.au. 3 Vin­tage mir­ror, $3962, 1stdibs.com. 4 ‘Amadeus’ rug, $4950, de­sign­errugs.com.au. 5 House of Or­ange bench, $1199, hk­liv­ing.com.au. 6 House of Or­ange lamp, $999, hk­liv­ing.com.au. 7 ‘856A’ pitcher, $10,560, georgjensen.com/au. 8 ‘Ata’ bas­kets, from $110, ori­en­t­house.com.au. 9 House of Or­ange cab­i­net, $3995, hk­liv­ing.com.au. 10 House of Or­ange chair, $649, hk­liv­ing.com.au.

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