York Show House Bedroom 2010Traditional Bedroom, Boston
Guest Bedroom with French Flair
What Houzz contributors are saying:
7. Grab your favorite picture of your loved one and put it next to your bed or someplace else where you can look at that person’s face often.8. Feel free to write off this holiday season. Some experts say to go ahead and celebrate it, but I think it’s OK to skip a year if you feel like it. Do what you can handle. If you need a day just to be alone, that’s OK. But it’s nice to have people check on you every now and then.9. Keep something memorable close by. After my mom died, we had to get all of her belongings out of the place where she was living. I grabbed her favorite skirt and top and put them in a plastic bag so I could remember her perfume smell when I needed it. There were many days when I opened up that bag and smelled the perfume, cried a little, closed it back up and went on. I don’t need to do that anymore, but at the time I really felt like I needed to be near her. Even if that sounds a little kooky, it worked. And that’s what’s important; you have to do what works for you. You have to be allowed to get strong again, but at your own pace.
And on the other end of the spectrum is this lovely French chest of drawers (circa 1780). The refined soft gray finish and original ormolu hardware produce a soothing and breezy effect in this restful bedroom.
Common sense. There are other important clues for determining quality. Is the finish consistent? Is the piece appropriately “dirty” for its age? Does it have its original hardware? And so on. But unless you’re a serious collector, care about provenance and are interested in investment value, the main thing is common sense. If it’s a functional piece, does it work well? Is it sturdy? That kind of thing. If you love it, just don’t let your emotions blind you to the practical considerations.