It’s a Monday morning pep talk, especially if you happen to be drowning in the sea of indecision when it comes to decorating your home. When I had my design business, I used to say that people hired me to be a decision maker as much as a decorator. I found that many of them knew what they liked—and actually had great taste—but they just didn’t trust themselves to make a decision.
So, why do we not trust our own instincts when making our homes our homes? There are so many people/experts, websites and TV shows telling us how to do it “right”—in a hundred different ways. But, it’s ultimately your home, and you should be surrounded by what makes it feel that way for you.
Do you sweat bullets trying to make a decision about buying a new rug/lamp/chair/mirror/etc.? Do YOU like it? If you really don’t know, that’s one thing. (There are plenty of people willing to give you an opinion or advice.) But, if you know what you like and just aren’t sure if it’s right, then maybe you need to consider what’s making you second guess yourself.
Who are you thinking of when you buy something new or hang something on the wall? Your husband? (That’s not a bad thing.) Your friends? Your mom? Your blog readers? :) We’re all looking for approval from somebody. For years, I would do something in my house and wonder if my dad would like it. (I know that sounds strange, but he’s the strongly opinionated one of my two parents. . .) I finally realized that he doesn’t have to like it. As a matter of fact, we now have a standing rule that if he’s shopping and sees something he likes for me, he should automatically assume “Emily would hate that” and not buy it. :)
And finally, are you surrounded by things that have meaning or special memories for you? Or, have you just bought things for the sake of filling space on a shelf or a wall? Does your home feel like “you” or more like your parents or your best friend? Do you LIKE what you see when you walk in the door? It may not be your ultimate dream home—just yet—but you should still feel happy about what you see when you look around.