Keeping it fresh when it comes to decorating often means a change in the color palette.  Whether by paint, fabric or accessories changing colors sparks creativity and brings new energy to the space. That’s exactly what happened here when my ratty white neutral chair put on a splashy, floral slipcover.

BEFORE ~ my sad, forlorn little chair in the junk room

BEFORE ~ my sad, forlorn little chair in the junk room

AFTER! Bold and beautiful inspiration piece for my new office space

AFTER! Bold and beautiful inspiration piece for my new office space

But why go halfway?  “Keeping it fresh” meant trading the oak bookcase that was in my office with the black bookcases that were in the family room.

Original oak shelving

The original oak

Black bookcase

Another example of thinking about how to use our things in a different way ~ I traded the oak bookcase with the black bookcase. What a difference!

The Japanese author Marie Kondo’s advice for keeping things uncluttered, tidy and fresh is to touch each piece and ask this all-important question, “Does this give me joy?”  That meant a lot, I mean a lot of touching and asking.  BUT I’m crazy about the end result and can honestly say everything in my new office gives me joy.  It is the perfect eclectic mix to reflect my love for things that have lived another life, new things, gifted things, floral things, books, etc. etc.  And, if you were here with me, I could, and probably would, tell you a story about each item on the shelf.  Maybe tomorrow….

What have you repurposed or redesigned ~ from sad to something that you love?  Or what would you like to repurpose?  Share your ideas or pictures and we can even give you free advice!  That’s what sisters do!

My office-and Romeo-my ever present companion loves the new chair.

My office-and Romeo-my ever present companion loves the new chair.