There are few stores…no, make that no stores, in Boston that make me happier than Jill Goldberg’s little South End shop, Hudson. It’s so gorgeous and inspiring that when I go in, I feel like I’m walking straight into a Lonny photo spread or a Design Sponge blog post. Her style is this great mix of preppy, glam and vintage, but it has a sense of humor, too. One time, when I was in there, I saw a brass middle finger statue. Part Jonathan Adler + part middle school humor = whole lotta awesome.
In addition to Hudson, Jill also has her own interior design business, with, I’m guessing, some very happy clients. She’s been called part of “the next wave” of interior designers by House Beautiful, and her work has been featured in Elle Décor, Boston Magazine, Coastal Living and more. So, naturally, she’s the perfect person to offer us all a few tips on sprucing up the ol’ abodes. Here are her top tips for getting your house in shape, plus a few of her favorite product recommendations for the new year.
1. Clean house: William Morris once said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” Jill feels the same. “First things first. Get down and dirty, and take out items that you no longer enjoy looking at or that are causing clutter, and if you can give things to Goodwill or a place like Boomerang’s (also in the South End), even better,” she says.
2. Reorganize: It’s amazing what a little housekeeping can do for your perspective. “Once the house is cleaned, it’s time to re-organize,” says Jill. “Simply resetting bookshelves or rearranging tablescapes can give your space a brand new feel and appearance.”
3. Fill in the holes: It’ll be a lot easier to figure out what you need now that your space is decluttered and everything left is in its proper place. “At this, point you’ll be able to clearly see where there are spaces which need ‘something,'” Jill says. “Maybe there’s an empty spot on the shelf which could you a brand new vintage find, or you’ll see an empty corner of a sofa that could use a new toss pillow or throw.
The best part of Jill’s recommendations? It’s a great way to keep yourself entertained in the middle of winter, while also being productive. “These are things which can be done on a frigid, stay inside day,” she says.
Not sure where to start your shopping? Here are a few of the items at the top of Jill’s list for 2014:
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