Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Space Between

One thing I'm really good at is finding inspired interior decor online. I truly have the best eye for pieces for the home when I'm behind the Google machine. Girrrrl, you don't even know the skills I have. I'm also fabulous at talking about home decor to people and all the things I want, the color palettes I'm into and how I plan to implement soon. Soon, soon, soon!

Guess what I'm awful at? Actually buying any of said things and/or carving out time to change my interior space. And it's for one main reason: Because I always feel like the next home we live in will be where the magic happens, not the current one. Since we've never lived somewhere we thought we'd be at too long, I've never felt much of a desire to spend my limited weekend time pain-stakingly dredging out old furniture while I replace it with expensive pieces (that doesn't even mean every piece would be expensive per se, just the fact that redoing an entire room is always expensive, no matter what)

But I realized that I told myself when we lived in our last place in Portland (which was super cute but verrrry tiny) that when we moved to San Francisco and had a bigger city spot, that I would then throw the money at interiors. Then we lugged our lives down here to SF and knew the place we picked (our current homein our quick pre-moving trip would be a place we'd call home for ONLY a year max. And now, here I am telling myself that our next home will be where we throw the money.
^So many pieces I would love to see on my walls when I came home from work each day. Like all of the above. Gasp, love it all.

The funny thing is that I think I'm actually right this time. I do think our future abode will be a place we settle in for 2-3 years and that it will be worth the investment of time and money. I do think I'll actually feel really motivated to get rid of the old and in with the new. However, I still feel annoyed at myself for constantly putting off something that I could definitely start to work on in little ways now. Why can't I grab some new throw pillows? Or a duvet? Or actually frame some beautiful shots that I'm really proud of taking against large mats to display on my bare walls. Why am I continually telling myself that things in my home will change tomorrow, not today.

I know this seems like I'm putting a lot of emphasis on 'stuff'. But I'm more so using this example as a frustration with myself. In some ways I'm great at taking the leap to things that would make me happier. But in others, I continually tell myself that I'll do it eventually. Not now, but just eventually. And then eventually turns into ... ?? This is something I've decided to make a tiny dent in this Memorial Day Weekend. A small goal but an overdue one.

[Throwback: If you'd like to see pictures of my first ever city studio - and all its extremely girly flair... check out my post from when I moved out HERE.]

What annoys you about yourself?
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13 comments:

Emily said...

It's so easy to delay on things such as decorating when you know you're current place isn't permanent. All that effort will eventually have to be taken down and hopefully fit or makes sense in your new home. Buying a few pieces to spruce up your spot couldn't hurt though. Btw, Studio 54 is so cute and love the last photo!

Marie said...

Even though, I know I will not be staying at my current place I did get a few pieces for the time being. I figure I can take them with me to my new place, whenever that is.

Andrea Nine said...

Totally get this to a tee!! And I'm a "cannot say no person" so my own stuff doesn't get done because I'm doing everyone else's!!

Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders said...

We were totally the same way when it came to our first apartment and first house! We were only in our apartment for a few months before our house was built so we did absolutely nothing with our apartment. Then when we moved into our house, we just never really had any motivation to decorate, but now that we're in our second house we've really started decorating and it's been so much fun! Definitely start with something small because even something like a picture or some throw pillows can totally change up a space!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I do not feel at home anywhere unless my walls are full of stuff I love to look at. I am big on stuff in my home - as long as it's useful, beautiful, or I love it. I am sort of your opposite - I don't put together any looks online...I find pieces I like and accommodate them! I definitely do it more at my house than I did in my apartment!

Mattie @ Northwest Native said...

In our apartment, we didn't even get around to hanging up all the stuff we had. It ended up being a good thing since we were only there for six months, but still! Anyway, I'm hoping now that we're in a house that I'll be motivated to get everything set up ASAP! And my head is swirling with so many design possibilities (and crap I actually need to buy + want to buy), it's kind of overwhelming!!!

Nadine Lynn said...

I am so the same way!!! I love interior decorating and I have helped so many friends finish off their places. Mine? Basically all the walls except for the guest bathroom and our game room in the basement are bare!!! Well, except curtains in some rooms because hello southern heat. I just cant decide on what I want to do. There is so much I like!!! And now I know that we will probably be selling our house in a year or two and so I am like ummm why bother now? Such a struggle!

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

i am totally the same! okay not totally. i don't have mad skills behind the computer or otherwise, but even when i like something or want to replicate something i see - i can never take the plunge and buy the things to decorate the place. lol. we have been in our house almost 3 years and there is barely anything on the walls. for me it's more of a 'always something better/more important to spend the money on' and then also 'i have no idea how to decorate so perhaps i should not decorate at all'. it's quite silly. i love that kitty print though. good luck making a tiny dent in this goal!

The Siberian American said...

I feel exactly the same way! Chris and I have been married almost seven years, and the longest we've lived in a place together has been two years. Everything feels temporary, so I never feel a strong desire to decorate.

Pat Hatt said...

I never bothered anywhere I have been, not that I really would lol, but only seen every one as temporary so meh was always my feeling toward anything other than necessity.

MilitaryPugWife said...

It's so hard for us because we won't be living anywhere permanently for awhile. I'm a minimalist when it comes to decorating. I like the ultra modern Barney from How I Met Your Mother's apartment look lol. Military Husband is like wtf. Ha!

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

I'm the same way with home projects, but have been slowly chipping away at things that are important to me but have been on the back burner for years for whatever reason. Yay for tackling some of it this weekend, can't wait to see your new decor and the new place soon <3
Green Fashionista

julie @ jewelswandering.com said...

I'm the same way.... I always mean to decorate properly, but I always say "When I finally settle down in one place"... Umm. Even though I end up living in the same place for a few years, I know that when I move, I will be moving with a few suitcases so why spend all this money (and time) collecting pieces that I will have to eventually get rid of..? Sigh. I've seen so many great pieces in my travels... :(