ReDESIGNS by Ava: Pulling Rabbits Out of Hats

“Why do we love certain houses, and why do they seem to love us?  It is the warmth of our individual hearts reflected in our surroundings.” ~ T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

Moving several times since I married my husband has provided me the opportunity to redesign our ‘things’…. many times.  I have always said, “It doesn’t matter where we live, I can make it home.”  We have lived in a trailer for a short period of time, a furnished apartment, three unfurnished apartments, a historic old house, a previously owned house and a few new houses. I’m sure my family would say, “Yes, mom made it home wherever we hung our hats.”

Using what you have in a new place, or in the place you are now, takes some creativity.  I might call this The Art of Creative Seeing.  Each time I get the opportunity to do an Interior Redesign, I get to do just that. I love it!  Using my clients’ things and taking into consideration the architectural layout, the use and the function of the room, I create a room that is visually pleasing and inviting. Sometimes I call The Art of Creative Seeingpulling rabbits out of a hat.” This is when I go back to my training and reduce things to size, color, shape and texture….and think, “Can this be used in another way?” Abracadabra….lots of rabbits!

Here are some “rabbits you can pull out of a hat”:

  • Books used as accessories or to elevate a lamp or object.
  • Cuttings from shrubbery in your yard placed in a vase bring life to a room.
  • An old picture frame can be a backdrop for other art propped on a mantle.
  • An antique drawer can be used as a tray.
  • Collections brought together, either on a wall, bookshelf or tray, can be intriguing.
  • shawl or pashmina can be a beautiful runner on a table.
  • Buffets make great foyer pieces or used in a family room as a TV console.
  • A piano bench can be a console behind a sofa…..leave the lid open ….drape fabric over one side, add lamp, greenery and accessories.
  • child’s wagon can be a planter.
  • Placemats or runners can become valances in a kitchen.
  • A stack of old suitcases can be an end table or coffee table.
  • Plates, trays, baskets, old hats, vintage clothing, antique tools, can be ‘art’ on a wall.

With a bit of imagination, you can creatively see how your ‘things’ can be redesigned for a new and refreshing look in your home. Have fun “pulling rabbits out of hats!”


Did you know?

…. that a redesign consultation covers more than how to arrange furniture, accessories and art?

…. that color consultations cover more than the selection of a room’s wall color?

…. that Ava can not only tell you but show you how to arrange furniture, art, accessories?

…. that Ava can help you make informed choices when picking tile, countertops, finishes, fabrics and furniture when you start to remodel or redecorate?

Consider an interior redesign or an interior decorating project to refresh your home for spring. Give ReDESIGNS by Ava a call.


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