The View From Halcyon Farm: A New View in the New Year

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We’ve been taking a break from things for a few weeks and hope that you missed us while we were gone! Our shop, Halcyon House Antiques, has been having the biggest sale we’ve ever had (today’s the last day). It was inspired in part, by the New Year arriving and our need to clean things out, start fresh and make way for the new!

We opened up closets, poked around the attic, checked the back of shelves and found all of the goodies that we’d forgotten about. That made us see things through a different prism. When we put that HUGE Imari bowl away to make way for something new, we were tired of it. We loved it, but for some reason, it just wasn’t working for us.

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When we resurrected it, the bowl found a new place in a new light. Someone saw it and snatched it up! They had the perfect space for it, and it was the exact thing they’d been searching for.  Honestly, this happens each time we re-arrange the shop.

At the risk of this sounding like a Sunday sermon, moving things around, looking at them from a different angle, or putting them away for a while, all give you a changed perspective and a new vision. How many times have you had a piece of clothing that you’ve found pushed off to the side in the closet and wondered why you didn’t wear it more often?

Sometimes, things are just so close to us that we can’t see them anymore. My advice is to take a few minutes, look around the room you’re in now. Can you re-arrange things a little? How about all of those framed family photographs on the table?

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Someone’s been in front all of this time, so pull another picture or two from the back and mix things up a bit.

What do your bookshelves look like? Do you know that #shelfie is a thing? People take pictures of their styled shelves… but I digress. Take a look at your shelves and see if there are items that have landed there that no longer excite you. Can you do a little editing? Try mixing some accessories, like art pottery, pictures and little treasures to your bookshelf to add interest to the mix of books.

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And please, don’t turn your books’ spines to the back. People will lose all respect for you!

While we’re at it, what’s hanging on your walls? Can you move some of the paintings around? Paintings go in and out of style, too. And maybe your tastes have changed since you hung the artwork.

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At Halcyon House Antiques, we change the art several times a year, and when we hang new pieces, everything around it looks fresh. Sometimes, when we’re on a whim, we move the art in the middle of a show, to give our customers a new way of seeing the pieces.

Can you switch mirrors for art, or art for mirrors?

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Nearly every room can benefit by adding a mirror to it. They bounce the light around a dim room, and add more sparkle to an already bright room.

It’s a new year and a time to look at things in a new way!

Meg Fielding

Meg Fielding writes the local interior design and lifestyle blog Pigtown Design. She enjoys dual citizenship with the US and the UK.


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