Courtney Warren is a Texas-based interior designer whose work has been featured in Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Apartment Therapy, and Today.com. She is a frequent consultant on Fox 4 TV’s Good Day program in Dallas, was ranked in the top 3 percent of interior designers in the US by Houzz.com, and starred in the Dallas episode of TLC’sFour Houses. She delights in helping overwhelmed clients create beautiful spaces—and will never turn down a warm chocolate chip cookie or Diet Dr Pepper.
It’s the wedding season! Hello out there, all you lovebirds!
Soon all the newlyweds will be facing their first marital challenge: how to combine their belongings harmoniously into one pleasant living space. (Oh, what to do with his bobblehead collection! Her shoe fixation! Four coffee machines!)
I can tell you now that, when combining two households into one, everything will not fit. So you’ll have to decide what to keep. (See tip No. 1!) To start with, look for duplicates of cookware, dishes and small appliances, and keep the best. And the rest?
a) Use this opportunity to purge what you don’t need. Pass it forward to a young couple or single who’s starting to furnish a home. You could stage a pay-it-forward party for your family. Set it up like a garage sale and let them “shop”. Maybe ask them to donate funny things to trade.
b) Find a worthy cause–maybe a domestic shelter that’s setting up new homes for women beginning over–and donate your extras in good condition to them.
Sometimes, to get a unified look, you have to delete and add. Discuss the new look you’re going for and set your budget for acquiring the larger new pieces. Consult a designer (I happen to know one!) if you need help accommodating the tastes and desires of both of you.
Merging two lives and homes can be done without killing anyone! Allow me to assist you!