Why does decorating sometimes lead to so much frustration? Do you ever feel like something that’s suppose to be fun is making you feel like you want to pound your head against the wall? Maybe you have a decorating block. It’s the one thing that’s holding you up from making other decisions, whether you realize it or not.
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Some examples of decorating blocks:
A rug that you paid good money for ten years ago but isn’t anywhere close to your style now.
A paint color you chose in haste, and now you can’t figure out what to do with the rest of the room.
A handed-down dining set that you keep out of obligation, for fear of offending someone.
Custom-made window treatments left by the previous owner; you don’t love them, but they’re custom.
Now you know exactly what I’m talking about, right?
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A few things to think through if you find yourself in this predicament. . .
Are there other accessories (or even furniture from other rooms) you can bring in to give you fresh perspective?
If not, is this one thing worth hanging onto, even if it means you may not ever really love your space?
Is the thing that’s causing your decorating frustration able to be resold (Craigslist, eBay, etc.) at a price you could feel okay about?
Could it be worth hiring a designer for a consult to give you some fresh ideas about working with what you have?
I wouldn’t say I have that many decorating blocks anymore, mainly because I just don’t feel bad about not hanging on to things that I’m not really loving. True, I don’t have lots of meaningful family heirlooms or investment pieces. But, I don’t think twice about buying and reselling (or donating) if something isn’t my style anymore. There’s something to be said for feeling happy when you look around, rather than frustrated every time you walk in the door.
I’d love to hear what things that you’re reevaluating around your home. What’s causing a decorating block for you?
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