Every once in a while, I stop and look around at the beautiful mess that I have made in my home and I wonder if I would have done things differently. I know my house looks pretty on the gram and I know only I can do what I have done in my home. But…truthfully speaking, I think there are a few things I would have changed if I had only taken my rose colored glasses off. Also, It doesn’t help that everyone in blogland makes moving feel and look like a breeze. j/s….You know exactly what I mean! I have been in my house for a year in a half and today I am sharing my biggest regret since buying my home.
For one, I wish I would have taken my time on some of my earlier projects. The first week we moved in, I was already pulling up the carpet, changing door colors and doing so much extra to a house that only needed cosmetic changes. No matter what the carpet would have been pulled but I probably would have invested my time on choosing a different flooring solution to my painted floors. When I moved in, I wanted light and airy with a hint of Jessica and some European vibes. However, when I started painting some of the rooms white…I hated it. I don’t regret my paint choices, but I do regret the brand of paint that I have used in some places. I wish I would have went with a high-end brand. I find myself writing lists of what needs paint touch ups, it is ridiculous! I cannot stand it. No worries though, I learned my lesson about 8 months in and started to invest in quality paint.
Another thing I would have considered was room arrangements. I was cool with putting all three kids in the same room, but the mister insisted that the boy needed his own room. The boy sleeps in his room, but he longs to share a room with his sisters. All my kids desire for a playroom. I want to give them one, but if I move my son into the bigger room of the two, I would need to take the wallpaper down and make it a gender neutral room. I am pretty sure he won’t care for the wallpaper, but I also would want him to feel like he had some say. I also think that if my children had a place of their own, my house would be a bit cleaner and organized. I turned a closet into a toy closet and I think the location of it is more of a hassle for them since they have to lug their toys around the house to get it to their play destination.
I like the route my master bedroom is moving in and how effortless it has been to pull that space together. As I have been cleaning out that space and painting it, I wonder if the rest of the house would have come together with such ease. I am a huge thinker so with most of the spaces I have designed in my home a lot of thought went into it along with impulsive decisions because I just wanted it done. I have come to realize that the rooms I love the most tend to be the rooms that spoke for itself and came together with nothing new. For example, my dining room. The wallpaper fell into my lap, the chandelier was sponsored and installed prior to the room coming into fruition, and all the furniture I already owned. I put this room together in one weekend. There was not much thought about the direction of this space…I just made it happen. This is exactly how I feel about my master bedroom and my kids bathroom (both spaces coming to a blog near you).
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All in all, I love my home and I feel blessed to have a place to call home. You probably already figured it out, but my biggest regret is not taking my time. For those of you, my friends, who are moving into a new space…Take your time, feel your space, and listen to the whispering of your home. This will help guide you in making the right design decisions for your home so you have no regrets. The same can be said when you’re in the process of buying your home, take your time!
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