Some of the best designers understood that a home is a living, breathing vessel that is constantly growing with our life changes, our habits and it too ages over time and requires up keep. Building a home is always a work in progress, that goes for furnishing and decorating as well. I’ve been in my current apartment for 3 years now and I still have items on the home projects to-do list. I’d like to redo the closets in my bedroom and I have a guest room that never really got a lot of love since I moved in. Ideally, it would be more of an office space than a guest room. Right now it’s not a great version of either. These sort of home projects are not urgent but I would be more comfortable knowing my guests can feel at home in my office space. It would be efficient and productive to have my office materials in one place instead of spread out around my house. It would be lovely to step into a closet that inspires me to get ready in the morning as the best version of myself. These projects are not the end goal but a means to an end.
Most people have these sort of home projects on their to-do list and they get put off because they take time and effort. Instead of thinking about why they are doing these projects they think about the work the project requires. You think you don’t have the time, but wouldn’t you spend more time at the table if you had those comfortable dining chairs or read more if you had better lighting? Think about the why you need the improvement? and don’t loose sight of the end goal for these projects.
Procrastination is not entirely bad. I have found sometimes the best creative decisions have been made when I mull over it for days, even weeks. Don’t be disappointed if on the first weekend of your sofa hunt you don’t find the perfect one if you are a perfectionist and need it now. In fact I would be scared to see what you found if you did end up finding your sofa without any research, planning or much thought. The important thing is that as life gets busy you do not forget about your search, but stay actively conscious about it.
It’s in that health magazine that you might find the wall color and chair you were looking for. The travel website that had an image of a great Moroccan coffee table. Save these images! Either ripping them out -old school, creating a Pinterest board or photo album on your phone. These images will help you create and define your style. In an era when our attention span is minimal and we express ourselves best with emojis, we’ll be able to understand our taste visually when we go back to our saved selection. Don’t feel guilty if you realized it’s been a few months without a dresser but you have a pile of clippings of options you like. That only means you are one step closer to finding the perfect one. Take your time. Please don't take your time if it's been 11 months since your move and you still have boxes lying around. That toilet is certainly not going to fix itself and yes, you should've started recycling your trash like yesteryear.
Good things take time, it's the same to find the perfect vintage side tables.
Here are some tools that can help you save your visual finds:
SCREEN SHOT (on computer: shift + command +4) (on iphone: button + off button)
IPHONE CAMERA ALBUM
Don't know who sells an item? Bring it into Pinterest and search similar. It's like face recognition for similar items on Pinterest and trust me it seems like everything has already been pinned.
Still feeling guilty you haven't bought throw pillows? Click here for a great article that might inspire you to think differently. Then be proactive and let me help you!
Need more inspiration to get going, check out our New Year’s Resolutions for creating a personalized and collected home.