Think outside the square
Look at your furniture with fresh eyes. Often we see our furniture in very distinct spaces within the home – chest of drawers in the bedroom, sofa in the living room. Why not mix it up and get creative with your options.
If you have a vintage chest of drawers that won’t fit in the new bedroom, consider it for another room. It can double as a console for your television or a place to store linen. Alternatively style up a chest of drawers with a sleek mirror and table lamp to give it a fresh contemporary edge.
Stray, elegant dining chairs go anywhere. They’re perfect for extra seating in living areas, make great bedsides tables or just style with a stack of books and a vase of fresh flowers!
An old buffet and hutch easily converts into a drinks cabinet or separate the buffet from the hutch (if possible) and you have a blanket box or a coffee table and a small bookcase or console!
Upgrade key pieces
Sometimes you do have to bite the bullet and replace much loved pieces that are just not practical to keep.
Upgrade where it counts – lighting, window furnishings, bedding and maybe, just maybe the big burgundy Chesterfield will have a second lease of life lounging in a brand new family home.
Have you had success downsizing, and re-purposing your favourite pieces? What are your tips?