from my Pinterest, by Claiborne Swanson Frank for Vogue via You Are My Fave
If you keep up with my Pinterest board, you know I’m checking out loads of home decorating ideas.
For me, it’s a giving-in of sorts. We were only meant to stay in this apartment for a bit, and have gone so far as to look at other, larger apartments around the neighborhood with our real estate agent. The overwhelming conclusion is that we probably have the best backyard-featuring apartment in Park Slope for what we’re paying and we are better off just leaving well enough alone, staying put, and making do, probably for a few more years or so.
from my Pinterest, by Clive Nichols for Gap Interiors, via Red Online
For the two years we’ve been here, our apartment has been not-quite-right-because-we’re-not-going-to-stay-here-long: mostly a combination of Ikea and pieces of furniture gathered off the street. We hung a few bits of art on the walls in ill-fitting “but it wasn’t that expensive” frames, and, although Rob never minded, I’ve been living with a depressing living room wall color that I knew, as soon as I set the paintbrush down in 2009, was a mistake.
It’s not terrible; I’ve managed to carve out a studio/office for myself and have clients come over, and everything is mostly fine, and clean, but it still feels overwhelmingly haphazard and unpretty. It’s time to make things pretty!
from my Pinterest, source unknown
Of course, it’s the same story with me that you’ve probably heard before: I feel guilty spending money on non-essentials. I would rather experiences and travel than a perfect house, but the fact is we spend loads of time at home, and we entertain often. It makes sense, and I had to let myself realize that before whipping out the credit card.
Monique from Decor Musings is helping us out with her smart ideas which is really fun, but, honestly, it’s hard to trust someone else’s thoughts. For instance, she suggested that we add decorative elements to our shelves among the books, and I told her that I have an objection, philosophically, to putting things on shelves that I haven’t collected legitimately. Like, I will never buy a conch shell at a shop in Manhattan, but I’ll fly to a tropical beach and pull one out of the ocean myself (the one time I did that I found one that was already being used as a home, so I had to let it go).
But who’s to say that “legitimately collecting” something can’t mean late-night eBay surfing? You know? So she’s challenging the way I think about things, and that’s really cool.