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Jeremiah Brent’s wedding registry tips

the interior designer and Home, Happier team member shares 4 valuable lessons to help you select gifts you’ll want to have and to hold

Creating a wedding registry should be a fun and joyful experience, but we know that it can often feel a bit overwhelming, too. So we invited Jeremiah Brent, our interior design expert and all-around style guru, to walk us through the wedding registry process and share the tips that helped him and his husband navigate their own registry. “Make sure the design of your space is telling both of your stories,” Brent says. “I’ve always said that your home should honor the past, acknowledge the present, and leave room for the future.”

1. embrace the juxtaposition

There’s something so beautiful about the weaving together of two lives, especially within a home. As two newly engaged designers in 2013, Nate and I had to find a way to blend his traditional approach with my California Modern leanings. When creating your wedding registry, reference materials that will complement pieces that you both own. If one of you has already invested in an antique dining table, focus on modern and sculptural pieces to balance the space. Embrace the medley and don’t feel limited by sticking to a singular design aesthetic.

2. create a canvas

Whether with a fresh coat of paint or a new set of crisp bedding, creating white backdrops within your home helps the space feel cohesive as you blend your personal styles. I’ve always leaned more toward monastic spaces, while Nate loves layers of accessories. A clean slate is the perfect canvas for the minimalist and the maximalist alike.

3. focus on your stories

I’ve always said that your home should honor the past, acknowledge the present, and leave room for the future. Make sure the design of your space is telling both of your stories by incorporating each other’s meaningful art and family heirlooms. As Nate and I have moved from home to home, we’ve always featured the art of his late partner, Fernando Bengoechea. Fernando, who passed away in 2004, was such an important chapter of Nate’s life and we’ll always keep his story alive, even as we move forward. There’s a beautiful way to include mementos while creating something fresh by registering for items that you both gravitate toward and that represent your future together.

4. look to quality and quantity

I think it’s important to focus on the basics when registering for your wedding. Decor is so personal, so I’d prioritize items of function on your list. Evergreen staples include kitchen appliances, towel sets, and neutral dishware — so you can easily find something similar when you need to expand your set years down the road. When those necessities are taken care of, there’s more room for you to enjoy the process of creating a home together.



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