Statement Pieces

MAKING A STATEMENT

The phrase says it all. That one particular piece in a beautifully designed room which speaks with noticeable strength. This does not necessarily apply to the largest, newest or most expensive. It very well may be a European antique armoire standing tall and proud. It may also be an aged, marred chest  perched among silk upholstery and porcelain lamplight. Most often it is a precious piece handed down through the generations. Perhaps repurposed to an unexpected location.

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The statement piece will naturally capture the initial attention when one enters the space. Hopefully in a manner that is breathtaking rather than gut wrenching. An oversized television is NOT the type of statement piece that I would label as breathtaking.

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Imagine the piece in the above photo on a family room wall holding books on either end with an assortment of liquor and glassware in the center.

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Nothing makes more of a statement than the unexpected. Other than the inherited piece…most statement pieces are stumbled upon rather than searched.

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Contrast adds to the appeal of some statement pieces. When an antique Oriental temple piece takes residence in a contemporary space…..WOW.

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A singular dark piece among lighter fabrics is one of my personal favorite manners of making the statement.

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Never look past a piece simply because you do not immediately have a location in mind. This is also true when inheriting. A drop leaf table your grandmother had in her kitchen may not strike a chord with you. This is because your mind will not release it from the kitchen. Patience will unveil a perfect placing that will make a statement as well as stimulate a memory.

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Occasionly you may be in search of the statement piece due to a particular focal point in your home. Do not rush the choice, the result will be a piece in a spot. Period. Take time, have patience and always have measurements with you where ever you go.

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My last suggestion is to be open to shuffling some of the pieces you now own. The highboy in a bedroom is nice….the highboy now in the living room is a statement. If you question yourself I’m afraid there is no perfect exercise to perform in advance. Fear not, your emotional reaction will give you the answer immediately. If you aren’t happy, rest and then reconsider. You will know where it makes a mark. Having the satisfying joy of a statement piece is a joy every day because…

EVERY DAY MATTERS

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