Monday, November 7, 2011

Admitting to flaws

If you asked the guys in my house, I'm sure they could rattle off a laundry list of my flaws.  After all, the poor things have to put up with me every day.  And I'm not easy!  Today I'm fessing up to two flaws that affect my home decor.

1.  I'm a serial returner

When I buy home decor, I often don't know exactly where it's going to go.  It drives The Mr. crazy, of course. However, I know it's best to have pieces that can function in different ways or in different rooms.  Well, that and the fact that I don't have enough self control to only buy what I absolutely need!  Do you?

When it comes to wall art, I have so many bare walls in my house, that I have just been buying art when I see something I like, and then I figure out where it will best fit.  I'm one of those serial returners.  I scoop up whatever I think might work, then I try it out at home and return whatever I don't want to keep.  This past spring, I went on a bit of an art-buying frenzy, partly because I wasn't working and had more time to scour the online daily flash sale sites, and partly because a HomeGoods opened up near me.  However, I hadn't exactly decided where everything was going to go so I just had various pieces leaning against various walls.

I did hang this one in the dining room several months ago.  It was my first, and probably still my favorite, purchase from flash sale site Haute Look.

Dining room

Dining room

On the other side of the stairs is a hallway, where I had also managed to commit to hanging a sunburst mirror  and a pair of abstract art prints.

Main floor hallway

Main floor hallway

2.  I suffer from analysis paralysis

The second floor was a different story.  I hadn't decided how to configure our game room area at the top of the stairs, which led me to procrastinate about hanging art on the wall.  Eventually The Mr. got annoyed enough and asked me how long the various art pieces were going to be leaning against the walls instead of hanging on them.  That, plus knowing we were hosting family for a gathering the next week, spurred me to bite the bullet and make some decisions.

Game room before

I had to get over my analysis paralysis.  Isn't it funny how some people would rather make a quick decision without fretting over possible ramifications, so they can move on to the next thing, while others (like me) are so conscious about the ramifications that we do nothing for fear of doing the wrong thing?  We've lived in our house for almost 4 years now, but since we built it and no holes were in the wall unless we put them there, I don't like to just hang things up willy-nilly.  As a result, I don't hang something until I'm sure it's going to be there a long while!

At long last, choices were made and art is off the floor and on the walls.  Stick around to see where it all ended up.

So ... what flaws do you have that affect your home decorating?  Time to fess up.



  1. Oh my goodness, I loved this post! I've now returned three different mirrors for my dining room and way to many framed prints to count. I totally sympathize! :-)

  2. I think you should trust your "gut feeling" first.She always knows better...

  3. This post made me chuckle... jamie (dear daughter) is addicted to returning stuff. She buys, buys, buys, tries it out, then returns what she doesn't like. I think that is too much of a hassle.
    The color of your walls (entry way) looks identical to mine. (nature's bounty)
    The only flaws I have are these: I have no idea HOW to decorate. I display what I like whether it goes together or not. It's a hod podge. I rarely look at it, and never rearrange it. I need help! hahaha

  4. 'Analysis Paralysis' - Hahaha! Love it! Good to hear that decisions were made ;) After all, it's only a little hole hehehe I tend to consider everything but buy nothing because I'm so afraid of having to return it if I hate it!!

    One thing I really struggle with is vignettes. I was stuck in a rut for YEARS with everything needing to be perfectly symmetrical so breaking that habit has been a challenge to say the least, I have to rearrange 40 times before I'm happy and normally, it's just because I've given up! My OH just stays out of the way whilst I'm faffing! xxx

  5. I totally hear you on being a serial returner!!! And then making returns totally stinks! I just don't know for sure yet! And if you walk away it may be gone!!! Happened to me at Target this week! I'm loving your blog and am happy to be your newest follower!!! Come visit soon!!!

    Aimee @


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