(Q&A provided by Italtile)

Pinterest, Instagram and all our gorgeous lifestyle mags have us falling in lust with incredible rooms, extraordinary coordinated décor and all-round elegantly lush living ideas…

But translating these dreams into reality in our own homes can be more than a little challenging.

Design diva Melanie Ewing of Chapters Interiors helps unpack the mysteries of size, scale and proportion to help you find balance and harmony in your home design.


Here’s this week’s question:

Q: I have inherited a number of antique coffee tables and side tables of different sizes, but I already have a coffee table and side tables! How can I incorporate them into my home without creating clutter?

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Melanie Ewing:

Alas, sometimes we are all victims of the notion of sentimentality, even when it comes to furniture, and we hold onto things we don’t need.

As hard as it may be, you need to put any notions of sentiment aside in this process or you may end up with a mish mash of styles and an overcrowded space.

Too much noise! Have a look at all the pieces from two points of view: function (how many do you need for the space to be functional to your needs) and form: which ones are your favourites or appeal to your sense of style.

And then let go of the rest – rehome, donate and recycle.  Too many pieces will make a space look cluttered and lacking in plan and purpose.

Photo by Micheile Henderson on Unsplash


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