I imagine that I'm not the only one. I can't be. Over the past few years I have developed quite a collection of "decor-regrets" that sort of bug me. To me, they stick out like a sore thumb but to others they are probably not noticeable.
Here is my list:
1. Our TV Stand.
This was one of our first big DIY projects that we undertook. It was a Craigslist find that we primed, painted, added new hardware and retrofitted to house all of our electronic equipment. We were pretty proud of it at the time and it still serves its purpose, but I've fallen out of love with it.
I think that we rushed it (which is probably the theme of today's post) and ended up choosing a style that doesn't really "go" with the rest of our furniture. Every now and then I'm tempted to sell it and find something more in line with our style, but a) that seems like a lot of work and b) we worked so hard on it that I would feel bad. Of course if one of you would like to buy it....
2. Dressing Room Walls.
I'm not sure if you remember (it was a while ago), but when I originally planned out the dressing room, it was supposed to have some gorgeous wallpaper on the walls.
...but when the paper arrived and we were all prepped to hang it, we realized every roll had a flaw in it. If you are wondering if I cried...I did.
So rather then take the time and send it back and wait for new paper to be mailed, I pulled a classic rookie/standard Janice move and threw in the towel and painted it. Purple.
Seriously. What was I thinking?! The purple was cute for a few months but it pretty quickly went from cute to cutesy. Like little girl cutesy. Which I am not.
I keep thinking that maybe I should make a bit of a change to spice it up like this:
...but I worry that navy and purple might be too much so then I'd be stuck repainting the whole room. Sigh.
3. Our Shag Rug.
We bought this beautiful rug shortly after we bought our house. We went to a proper carpet store and paid a not-insignificant sum for it. I loved it and honestly had no clue what rugs should cost and that (gasp!) there are cheaper ones out there.
It was in our family room until the renovations started and we moved it to our master to keep it clean. Of course, it is still there. Now that Luca is here, I definitely don't want it in his line of fire. So I guess that means that this gorgeous rug is going to stay hidden in our bedroom.
Don't get me wrong - I don't mind spending money on a few key items in our house so that it doesn't look too DIY, but this probably wasn't our smartest purchase. I still love it though - just hate that it is barely used.
4. Our Dining Room Chairs.
After the couches, our dining room set was the next big purchase. We knew that It was oversized for the room, but we knew that this wasn't going to be our forever house and most houses seem to have dining rooms that are wider than the 8.5 feet we have in our narrow row house.
I still love the table and the sideboard but I hate the chairs. I find them awkward, bulky and dark. Maybe they'd work in a bigger space but they just don't work here. I should have held out and taken my time. Maybe ordered from a place where we could return them (so I could try a few styles). Shoulda woulda coulda, right?
I am probably missing a few things, but these are the biggies. So tell me - do you have any regrets with respect to your design choices and/or purchases you've made? Spill!