Before we moved into our little Cape I never actually saw it in person. My husband flew out and bought it without me seeing it. We are still married- so you know he did a pretty good. There really wasn’t a lot to choose from in the area we were wanting to live. Before we moved I sold A LOT of stuff or gave it away. Two sectionals, two large dining tables, king bed and a crazy amount more and I replaced it all just on a smaller scale. I ordered new furniture to arrive at the new house or to be driven with the rest of our stuff across the states. I tried my best to draw everything out and make sure it would all fit without really having that accurate of measurements or even stepping foot in the house. I have learned a lot through this process. One being that you need to buy things specifically FOR THE HOUSE not just because you like it. It lead me to realize that there are two questions you should ask yourself when designing a room.
I work with clients all the time and it is so easy for me to say what works and what doesn’t because I am not emotionally attached to their furniture or accessories.
Now I don’t think I get emotionally attached to everything. More along the lines of- since I have it and I like it I should use it. I am not a waster. I eat leftovers.
It is better to evaluate each piece before you bring it into a space and ask yourself-
“Is this the BEST thing for this space?” or “Do I really LOVE it?”
If you can’t answer YES! To one of those questions it should not go in your new designed space.
For example. I brought the below pink rug with us from our old home. I did
love like the pink rug itself. But it really was not the best thing for the space. It was slightly too big for our daughters new bedroom. The rug would bunch up in spots and around the molding. And I was getting a little bored with it. But I just kept using it. Well, because I had it. To bandaid it and try to make the pink rug work I brought up the cream rug from my sons nursery and layered it over the pink one. It did help to break up the pink. It didn’t really solve the problem of the pink rug being too big.
Finally I decided to do what I really wanted to do and move the rug we had in our front room to our daughters room and sell the pink rug.
The result- I LOVE it! I knew I would. Lesson learned. Don’t make something work just because you have it. I could have easily sold the pink rug (because it is really cute) and gotten the right thing for the room.
I bet you could look at most pieces in your home and ask yourself those two important design questions and know if something is right for the space. For example that pink dresser is a big “YES” when I ask myself “do I really love it?” I would make that pink dresser work somewhere in our home because I do love it so much.
I guess that leads me to the changes I am making to my front room.
I did buy this blue sofa specifically for this room and this cape. I have loved it. I get asked often where I bought the blue sofa. (You can find similar HERE). I think if we had a bigger house I would still keep this sofa. With the rug move and the bigger issue of the two chairs in this room are just too big for how we use the room, This is a PERFECT example of buying the right thing for your home. One chair would have been great. But I really
needed wanted a pair so I bought a pair. They would have worked if the big white sideboard wasn’t in here- but let’s face it that big boy can only fit in this room and we need all the storage it offers. But we do not need two big chairs.
So I want to do just one chair or maybe two but one a lot smaller. And a longer sofa. And a new rug and…
Well take a look for yourself at my design plan for our front room.
Remember to ask yourself those two questions before designing a room.
And you can enter to win a gift card and some design help on my last post HERE!
And I wrote a post about picking the right size rug for your room HERE – what I learned NOT to do from HGTV Fixer Upper!