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The Furniture That Has Its Own "But..." Clause
Everybody has a "But..." item. It's that d├ęcor item you don't love—or even like—and yet, every time you consider getting rid of it, the "buts" come out. You'll toss the dog-chewed ottoman, but the matching mauve armchair? "But I might need an extra seat the next time company comes over," or "But my Aunt Sylvia got a great deal on it," suddenly spills from your lips, and so it stays. "If you think hard enough, you can come up with a reason to keep anything," says designer and A Place Called Home author Jason Grant. The next time a "but..." comes bubbling up, Grant suggests that you ask why you're really holding onto the item. If you don't love it, and it's not working for your home, it's time to give it a new abode.