To quote William Morris
"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
I can't remember when I first heard that quote but I know it was many years and several homes ago.
I like to think that I've pretty much managed to follow this "rule" when deciding how best to make our home attractive, welcoming and comfortable.
Over the years I've gathered together quite an eclectic mix of furnishings and collectibles and when browsing through blogland I know that I'm not alone!
That's why I'd like to ask you something.
What do you do with the things that no longer suit your style or taste? If there's a possible home downsizing in the not too distant future, what then?
Are you ruthless and drop them off at the dump, donate to the local charity shop, sell them on eBay, or simply give them away to someone else to love?
I bought my first Lladro Nao ballerina whilst on vacation on the island of Lanzarote in 1982 in fact we liked them so much that we bought three.
Others soon followed and we began to receive Nao figurines as Christmas gifts from my family.I loved to display them on a sideboard in our small English cottage.
hen we went to live in Bavaria they suited the modern interior of our chalet style home, they even made it to Normandy when we moved to France in the mid '90's and that's when I fell out of love with them.
They are too modern, too 1980's and just don't go in this ancient house.
I took them out of the box to make my mosaic but they've been packed away again, to languish in a dark corner of the attic, until I've checked eBay to see if I'm sitting on a fortune! I'll let you know.