Editing is an important part of design. Saying goodbye isn’t always easy, but clutter is what happens when you can’t let go. You can’t have “in with the new” if you don’t have “out with the old”!
I know it sounds funny, but I’ve always been glad our house doesn’t have a basement. That way we can’t accumulate things – it forces us to make choices about what stays and what goes. We just don’t have the luxury (is it a luxury?) of storing anything.
I thought I’d share a few great things I let go recently:
I bought this pair of vintage Herman Miller Eames DCM chairs (FYI, DCM = dining chair metal, referring to the chair’s dining height and metal legs) simply because a family friend offered to sell them to me and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. For many years they lived in the corners of the dining room – where they looked like sculpture – and we pulled them up to the table for extra seating when we had a crowd. When we remodeled the dining room/kitchen, those corners no longer existed and we had also found more of the vintage Good Form chairs mentioned in this post, so we no longer needed the extra seating, and I just didn’t have anywhere to put them. So I put them on Etsy, and now they live the twentysomething hipster life in Brooklyn. I feel pretty good knowing they went to a good home.
In addition to the DCM chairs, we also let the rest of our dining chairs go:
These “Jake” chairs from Room and Board served us well for many years. They are reproductions of Arne Jacobsen’s iconic Series 7 chairs.
We also let our atomic dining room light fixture go. We had owned it less than a year, but the lighting configuration of our new dining room didn’t allow us to re-use it in the new space. My plan to repurpose it in one of the bedrooms didn’t pan out when we realized it hung too low to safely use in a bedroom. It did hurt a bit to see this one go, but I do feel like I tried my best to find it a home somewhere in our house before I said goodbye. So I have peace with it. And like the chairs above, it went to a good home.
The curtains and the leaves on the wall – those are gone too.
Out with the old, in with the new.