What an incredible year 2016 was, so much happened in my life with some joys and struggles as well. What stood out was my blog which grew faster than I expected and the fact that we are expecting our second baby this year June. (That explains my absence here towards the end of 2016).Trying to think back it feels like the year went by so fast yet I was able to do so much. I don’t do resolutions but I always have one goal that I set for myself that is to be my true self in all I do and share only that which I find to be meaningful. Talking of meaningful, how about I share decorating realities that no one tells you about.
1. Quality decor items are expensive
Home decorating looks so easy on TV and Pinterest always shows the most beautiful of homes that you can gain inspiration from. If you have started working on your home or are planning to, one difficult thing you can’t run from is how expensive things are. Quality home decor pieces are not cheap you guys, especially key items like furniture. A good sofa that lasts years will not be cheap and neither will a bed with a good mattress or cooking appliances. The good news is there is a way to deal with this. I usually save up and buy an item at a time over several months.Don’t feel pressured to have it all in a week.
2. Decorating takes longer than expected
Giving yourself a time frame to finish a space is great but it can also make you forget the whole reason why you are decorating in the first place. It’s not about getting it over with but getting it done beautifully and in a way that reflects you. People don’t realize it but once you start sourcing for products, it can be difficult finding specific items. You will go from store to store and still not find what you want. Sometimes you find the item but since it’s custom made you have to wait about 3-4 weeks for the order to arrive. If it’s over the holidays like Christmas expect it to take even longer. Also put into consideration that most people are busy on weekdays either at work or school. That leaves room only for the weekends to work on your home, and from experience 2 days a week is barely enough.
3. Design burn out Is real
There will be days when you just don’t want to finish that project. You are tired of decorating or thinking what goes where. You just want to either stop all together or take a break. You are not alone and it’s perfectly fine to stop and only resume the process once you feel like it.
As you plan on revamping your home this year, I hope these few decorating realities will not come as a surprise.
What have been some of your decorating realities or challenges?