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The Art Of Slow Decorating: How To Mindfully Curate Your Home

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The Art Of Slow Decorating: How To Mindfully Curate Your Home

In a world that often prioritizes instant gratification and fast-paced living, the concept of slow decorating has emerged as a refreshing alternative.

The Art Of Slow Decorating

Slow decorating is all about embracing a thoughtful, sustainable approach to home decor, focusing on finding joy in the process rather than rushing to achieve a picture-perfect end result. By taking the time to mindfully curate your living space, you can create a home that truly reflects your personal style, values, and story.

As we begin to settle into the barn, I’m constantly reminding myself that I don’t have to get it all done at once. I’ll be the first to admit that a) I’m not particularly patient and b) I stress over what people think when they come into my home. So does it pain me to live with spaces and furniture that aren’t exactly right or not quite pulled together in a cohesive way? Sure, I’m human. But is it important to me to create an intentional space that represents my family, sparks joy, and isn’t filled with fast furniture? Yep, it sure is. 

Also, the thrill of the hunt can be really fun. Having a plan and then intentionally investing in special pieces makes it feel really worth it. 

Slow Decorating: Instillerie Lake House Example
Slow decorating example at our lake house, where many pieces are vintage or sourced second hand and accumulated over time

The Benefits of Slow Decorating:

  1. Sustainability: By taking a slower approach to decorating, you can make more conscious choices about the items you bring into your home. This means investing in high-quality, durable pieces that will stand the test of time, rather than buying cheap, trendy items that will quickly end up in a landfill.
  2. Personal Connection: When you take the time to carefully select each item in your home, you develop a deeper personal connection to your living space. Each piece becomes a reflection of your unique style and story, making your home feel more authentic and meaningful. 
  3. Improved Well-being: Living in a space that truly reflects your personal style and values can have a positive impact on your overall well-being. When you’re surrounded by things you love and that hold meaning for you, you’re more likely to feel content, inspired, and at peace in your home.
Instillerie Slow Decorating Example via Polly Ashman Design
Example of slow decorating from Polly Ashman Design

How To Embrace Slow Decorating

Again, I’ll be the first to admit it’s not always easy to slow down in the moment. And it’s understandable to need a few things right away like a dining table or a sofa (but FYI, auctions and estate sales can be a fantastic place to find really special pieces fast and cheap — or at least solid and sustainable pieces that you can re-sell once you find your forever piece). But if you’re ready to take a more intentional approach to decorating your home, here are a few easy steps you can follow: 

  1. Start with a plan: Before you begin decorating, take the time to create a clear vision for your space. Consider your personal style, the function of each room, and the overall atmosphere you want to create.
  2. Shop mindfully and consider vintage: When shopping for home decor, focus on quality over quantity. Look for pieces that are well-made, timeless, and truly speak to you. Don’t be afraid to invest in items that you love, even if they’re more expensive – they’ll likely last longer and bring you more joy in the long run. Vintage stores, auctions, and estate sales can be really fantastic for finding quality, timeless pieces that sing. Here’s an example of a few vintage items I’ve sourced recently via auction.
  3. Embrace imperfection: Remember that your home doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. Embrace the imperfections and unique quirks of your space, and don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through.
  4. Take your time: Slow decorating is all about enjoying the process and taking your time. Don’t feel pressured to have everything done at once – instead, allow your space to evolve naturally over time.
  5. Incorporate meaningful items: Fill your home with items that hold personal meaning for you, whether it’s a family heirloom, a piece of art from your travels, or a handmade item from a local artisan. These special touches will make your space feel more unique and authentic.
Instillerie example of slow decorating via The Flint House
Example of slow decorating via The Flint House

Is It Time To Transform Your Home With Slow Decorating?

Embracing the art of slow decorating can be a transformative experience. By taking a mindful, sustainable approach to home decor, you can create a living space that truly reflects your personal style and values. Remember, the key is to focus on the process and find joy in the journey, rather than rushing to achieve a perfect end result. So take your time, trust your instincts, and enjoy the process of creating a home that feels authentically you.

Instillerie example of slow decorating via Studio Hollond
Stunning example of slow decorating from Studio Hollond

What’s Your Take On Slow Decorating?

Have you taken a slow decorating approach with your home? Anything to add? Let me know in the comments.

xoxox, A


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