So I have been rattling around my house mentally braking down with every consideration. Finally, something clicked and I have started making progress. That something was a morning I spent with a friend who was going through the same thing. She purchased a beautiful home about a year ago and (like me) wanted to clean the slate and purchase all new furniture and accessories. She made several great purchases but once the economy stopped so did she. The assignment was to help her use what she had on hand to finish decorating her home. In the beginning, I was skeptical. How would she feel about hanging pictures that she didn't like? But as we progressed I remembered that finishing a room felt really good, even if it wasn't perfect. There were pictures on the walls, towels in the bathrooms, accessories on the night stands. It felt complete and it was inspiring to put our heads together to find new uses for old objects.
So I came home and started looking around. I mean really looking around and I came up with some pretty good ideas using the stuff that I have. Once my brain was going in that direction it kept going. My poor husband has been hanging stuff all weekend. In addition, I broke down and bought a couple more used pieces of furniture to get me through for a while. It feels really good to be out of the rut and seeing possibilities again.
I was reminded of my favorite poem by Emily Dickinson
I dwell in Possibility--
A fairer House than Prose--
More numerous of Windows--
Of Chambers as the Cedars--
Impregnable of Eye--
And for an Everlasting Roof
The Gambrels of the Sky--
Of Visitors--the fairest--
The spreading wide my narrow Hands
To gather Paradise--
This gets me motivated every time I read it.