Friday, March 21, 2014

Can We Just Skip The Decorating Process?

I'm not a big fan of the process. I love a good before and after moment...but most times I would just prefer to rush to the after...especially when I am the one doing the work. Who has time for all of that prep work, trips to the hardware store, making paint color decisions and ultimately living in the chaos to get the job done and get to the after?

While I would much rather rush through the process, I realize that ultimately it is an important detail.











I've loved that flower from the very beginning.

It was one of the first things that I put up in this house when we moved in two years ago. The only room I managed to paint before we moved into our house (because Sam held down our other fort while our new little family was sleeping and three friends met me at the new house to help) was our master bedroom. Then a few days later (while drowning in boxes!) I spent ten minutes lining up this flower sticker to put on the living room wall and called it GOOD!

Over the years most people thought that the flower was hand painted. I would just smile and pause a few moments before telling them my secret. "A sticker!?!" they would exclaim. The funny thing is that out of the few decorating comments that I get from guys who enter our home they have all mentioned liking this flower.

I've always thought that was interesting.

Over the course of the past two years I have frantically hung other things on this wall as well. (Usually taking place over brief windows of time during naps.) I always felt the need to rush to get things on the wall...to finish the room. When I never even really knew what I wanted the room to look like.


Most of the things I decided later made the room look too busy and I eventually took them down leaving lots of fun holes in the wall. And that is how it has sat for the past year. In order to finally patch those holes and paint the walls there was no getting around taking the giant flowers down. 

While taking down something that I love has now become part of the process it is also teaching me to take time to really think about the bigger picture when it comes to decorating our home. And really...who needs to rush? Now I try to make decorating decisions based on long term vision...something that I'll admit I have never done before.

I'm learning each new day...it is all part of the process. :-)

What have you learned in the process of decorating your home?

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7 comments:

  1. Just want to start by saying thank you - I love this blog and t's one of the few I read regularly :) I love how you are intentional about what you do, and you come across as sweet and honest too. It's all very inspiring :)

    Anyhoo - my biggest lesson from redecorating process and also (maybe even more so) remodelling has been to GO SLOW. We always end up with new and better solutions, when we give ourselves time to dialogue with the project while it's still on paper. I would never get it right first time LOL.

    ~ Evelyn

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    1. Thank you so much Evelyn, that is so sweet! And I love what you said about going slow...that is absolutely true. :-)

      ~Sarah

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  2. We live in an apartment for school and know it will be short term so we have mostly had hand me downs and the cheapest deals we can get. Lately though, we have started thinking about what we want in our home in the long term. It has really changed how we look at the things (especially furniture) that we have and what we are offered or consider buying.

    We are saving up to buy a few things this summer that will move with us, most of the rest will be left behind. We are excited for the new start and to get furniture on purpose rather than randomly.

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    1. That is so great that you are thinking ahead!

      ~Sarah

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  3. Sarah, I hear ya! I wish some of my projects around here were done yesterday. But, it is wise to go slow and think very concisely on what I want done. Decorating, demolition, or even painting can get very expensive. Best to go slow and think it through.

    Ummm...I will admit that I was looking at the picture of your living room and trying to find clues as to what you are up to. Please know that I am not trying to be creepy. ;)

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  4. I always rush to decorate and end up a king bad choices look intentional... Our budget right now won't allow that rush, so whatever is left after grocery shopping gets to be spent on decorating....t eh process is incredibly slow but I find I am doing a much better job of making sure it all gets done right the first time instead of painting over cracks in the trim on my bathroom walls I am replacing the cracked trim, instead of ignoring the dirty and ugly popcorn ceiling I removed it... In the end I really hope this place looks better all the time I am spending on it should show through right?

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    1. Samantha,

      It sounds like going slow and making long term decisions is definitely going to get you where you want to be. It will definitely show! :-)

      ~Sarah

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