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Decorate on a low simmer
In a world where everything is instant - decorating still takes a great deal of time and patience. It takes time to define your style, to think through a space, to consider how a space or piece of furniture will be used. To search out the perfect accessories or try out several colors on a wall. It takes time to understand how one decorating decision will affect another. And it takes time to afford all of the beautiful things that you can imagine in a space. That is why I like this quote.
I have lived in seven different homes since I was married over 11 years ago. That is a terrible tally...Oh well...The home that I am most proud of is our town house in Connecticut and it took me the entire four years that we were there to get it just right. Anytime I get discouraged I remind myself that it takes me roughly four years to complete a design and I feel much better.
It's just paint. It's just fabric. So relax and have fun
It is easy to get uptight thinking that every decision is a life long commitment (and some are) but for the most part, things break, get worn out, go out of style, and have to be replaced. So if you can just relax a little bit the process goes a lot smoother. You may find that the decisions you make when you throw caution to the wind yield the best results...my aunt's cheetah carpet, for example, happens to be her favorite part of her new house. Don't worry it is in the theater room and it looks great.
It is my sister's black shoe theory. She says that if you go shopping for a pair of black shoes thinking that they are the only black shoes that you will ever own and that they have to go with every outfit and every occasion, you will never find them because the perfect pair of black shoes doesn't exist. The same is true with carpet, couches, dinner plates...do you get my drift?
What is the best decorating advice that you have ever received? I would love to hear from you so leave a comment.