Clueless about curating your decor? Picking the right pieces that scream “you” can be challenging. Designer Lori Andrews shares her tips to outfit your home with personal style, comfort and priceless panache.
AVOID CHEAP, MASS-PRODUCED PIECES
Save up to purchase higher-end, handcrafted furniture and accents that will have a longer lifespan.
Choose fabric and furniture manufacturers who don’t exploit cheap labour. “It’s important that everyone in the supply chain makes a living wage—because it becomes part of the story of your home.” It may result in a higher price tag, but the result is higher quality as well.
AVOID SEASONAL DECORATING
It may seem counterintuitive, but swapping out décor items every season can decrease its personality. “I believe that every item you bring into your home should have a great story behind it—a personal connection.”
USE ART TO INJECT YOURSELF INTO A SPACE
Pick up pieces when you’re travelling. Scour the attic for family mementos. Original art can also be purchased at affordable prices through Etsy, the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) or University of Alberta student shows. Stick to neutral wall colours to make collections really pop. Consider all-white walls and use stylish furniture pieces to add colour and texture.