How Slowly Decorating Results in a More Authentic Home
Just like wine, your home will get better with time. So, take your time dammit. I. can’t. stress. this. enough.
This post was inspired by Myleik Teele's podcast. During the March 12th episode, she mentioned how millennials have grown up in a microwave society where everything is done quickly. Then she said something that is KEY:
“All good things take time"
This was my lightbulb moment and I knew I had to write this blog post.
Your home is a sacred space. It’s a space where you should feel free and comfortable, therefore, it shouldn’t be a mosh posh of pieces that you found on sale, that you don’t really love, but you purchased them anyway because you need furniture and decor now. Your home should be a collection of items you truly love, that you have collected over time, that reflect you, and tell a beautiful story.
Here’s what you are probably thinking:
- What if I really need to choose some furniture because I’m moving into a new place?
- What if my space feels empty and bland?
- What if I don’t have time to dwell on this and I need it done now?
- What If I’m afraid that if I don’t do it now, then it will never get done?
- You make whatever you want to make a priority
- Planning things out is how they get done
We have this burning desire to get shit done, but there's no need for a sense of urgency when it comes to your home. This is why...
"Fashion is trendy, style is forever"
This saying, without a doubt, applies to interior decorating as well. If you design your home too quickly, it can become very trendy. But, if you take your time to really purchase what you love, your home will forever be genuine and stylish. (FYI: I've got a great post about finding your interior design style.)
So, here’s my advice:
Purchase your large (investment) pieces such as sofas and beds first, then slowly purchase pieces that will add to the personality of your home.
I’ve been living in my current apartment for close to three years and we have yet to tackle our bedroom. This is because I don’t want to purchase pieces just to purchase them. I want our bedroom to be well thought out and comfortable for us. (Sidebar: I hope to take you all through that process with me soon!)
I find that we want things to be perfect as soon as possible, but there's so much beauty in the process. If you are truly honest with yourself, you will not only decorate a beautiful home, but you will learn more about your likes and dislikes through the process.