I recently re-read part of Myquillyn's book, The Nesting Place. Specifically the part where she talks about buts. (Not butts, buts. Although come to think of it I guess she does mention butts too.)
Basically we all have them (butts and buts). 😉
What I'm actually talking about though are the objection sort of buts:
- “I'd love to decorate my home like yours, BUT I have little kids who mess everything up.”
- “Your house is so lovely, BUT mine could never look that way because I'm not a designer.”
- “I wish my bedroom was actually decorated, BUT I don't have the money.”
- “I'd love to change things up, BUT I live in a rental apartment.”
Of course each one of those buts is perceived as a genuine obstacle to the person saying them. But what each one actually is is just a challenge – because there's no such thing as a perfect home.
Whether you live in a rental apartment and can't paint the walls, a small house with not enough closet space or any house without a large budget to redecorate everything all at once, each and every house/apartment/condo/etc. has it's challenges when it comes to decorating. (I promise you, yours isn't the only one!)
The key is to look at these challenges – the buts – as a means to get creative instead of a means to be discouraged.
If you have little kids, then yes, you will need to do things a little differently than an empty nester. Place the glassware out of reach in a closed cabinet instead of on the fancy bar cart. Affix the gallery wall a little tighter with velcro tabs on each corner instead of just a single screw or nail. You can still have a pretty home with little kids in the house.
If you aren't a designer, look at what designer's do. Read blogs, look at magazines, study photos of rooms you like to see the details. You can still have a pretty home even if you don't have designer genes.
If you don't have lots of money for decorating, DIY your way through some projects. Trade or barter services with friends that have the skills you are looking for. You can still have a pretty home without spending a lot of money.
If you live in a rental, look at what you can change. Add a lovely area rug to cover the ugly wall to wall carpeting or vinyl tile. Use easily removable hooks (like 3M Command hooks) to hang that fabulous artwork. You can still have a pretty home in a rental.
You see, if you look at your buts as challenges instead of obstacles, you can find creative solutions – and get to creating the cozy and beautiful home you desire.
What decorating challenges do you face in your home? Up until now, have you thought of them as something to get creative with or something to be discouraged about?
Living Room Source List:
- Wall Color – Sherwin Williams Analytical Grey
- Curtains – Ikea
- Flooring – Sandy Hills Hickory “Handscraped” Laminate from Lumber Liquidators
- Area Rug – Moroccan Trellis in Tan from Rugs USA
- Couch – Ektorp Sectional from Ikea
- Pillow Covers – Porter Lane Home on etsy
- Pillow Inserts – FJÄDRAR inner pillow from Ikea
- Grey Plaid Throw – similar here
- Oversized Clock – Fulton St. Wall Clock from Wayfair
- Grey Knit Poufs – Addison Pouf Ottoman in Grey from Wayfair
- Chandelier – Hampton Bay Heritage 6-Light Iron Chandelier from The Home Depot
- Large Square Coffee Table – DIY Brickmaker’s Coffee Table found here
- Large Square Tray – Homesense
- Large Vase – Walmart
- Faux Pink Stems/Flowers – Michael's
- Electric Fireplace – Canadian Tire
- Corner Floor Lamp – Logan Floor Lamp from Wayfair
- Leaning ladder – DIY Ladder Made with 2”x4”s found here