Friday, January 4, 2013

Decor Regrets

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.

D'Arcy by Graham and Brown
 

...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:

Via Style at Home

...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!

 

23 comments:

Danica_K said...

When we were in the process of selling our current home after purchasing a new home(yes we own 2 homes/scary thought in itself) Branko wanted to paint all of the windows cherry colour(they are wood windows) I didn't like it and wanted white but he had already started before I moved in. Safe to say now that we are adding an addition and the new windows will be white I have to repaint them all white. It already looks 100 times better!!! The new home owner better appreciate all of the hard work :)

Even though that room is purple the fact that you turned a room into a dressing room is super cool! Love it!

Casey said...

I bought the Ikea Norden gateleg table. i seriously died over this table and wanted it so so so bad and finally bit the bullet at and spent $250 bucks plus tax on this baby. I was all "folding table? storage? Perfect for my tiny condo!". But I never fold down the table (well, one side I do) and I have almost nothing in the drawers. I would have been way better off getting a small bistro set than this table that honestly takes up a lot of room when half-opened.

Michelle @ Sweetsuite10 said...

I too regret my choice of dining chairs, but after all the time I spent prepping and then painting them, I haven't yet been able to justify switching them out for something I like better.

Melissa said...

My dining room chairs as well. At the time we were looking, I knew I wanted a fabric-covered chair, but didn't know then that they had a name (parsons) nor was I aware that they could easily be found almost everywhere online at varying price points. We found our table and I decided on the fly to order the chairs that came with it--which are partially upholstered, but really NMS. And b/c we spent so much money on them--and there's nothing really wrong with them other than I don't love them--I'm afraid they'll probably be living in my house for good. Sigh.

We also built our house in the days right before home design blogs / pinterest, and if I had to do it over again, my kitchen and bathroom floor / fixture / cabinet choices would be 100% different. And like my dining room chairs, they are probably here to stay (unless we move!) as my husband would not be cool with paying for a demo on perfectly adequate rooms.

lifewithadog said...

Our cream coloured fabric couch (this is what happens when you buy furniture before children). And the paint colour in the hall, although the colour I want won't match the flooring which we are not ready to replace yet.
Well, and our entire main floor was done before I discovered home reno/decor blogs and my colour choices would be so different now...

Jules said...

Oh lawd don't even get me started on purchases I regret! I think we went a little bit overboard when we moved from our apartment into our first home. We needed so many things and I am not known for my patience...so I bought the first of everything I came across. Which lead to a house full of inexpensive unmatchy things. So we registered for some more cohesive accessories etc and I am practicing patience when I want to get something new for the house!

Shannon8footsix said...

I would take a hit on the chairs and buy new ones.
Or convince someone in your family to store them for you!


You could find something awesome on Clist - eventually! If you give it time!


My biggest regret is...hmmm....my dining room table.
Take it away PLEASE! It's the wrong wood tone. I wanted a circle so badly...but now I want a rectangle. Can I have a rectangle? I don't think I can change it at this point. Maybe in a few years!

Stephanie Fazio (aka lealou) said...

Don't tell my hubby but I regret buying our bedroom furniture and I kind of knew it at the time. It's all the same - dark and brown. I don't mind one or two pieces but basically when you walk in all you see is BROWN. And there is a lot of it. It doesn't bug me that much but I am thinking of some ways I can tone it down a bit that will be hubby-approved since we paid a lot for the set.

Michelle @ AM Dolce Vita said...

I should've never ordered the dining chairs together with my dining table. Just like you, I love my dining table and sideboard, but I dislike (yet to get to *hate*) our dining chairs. Let's face it, they are not the most comfortable ones and the X at the back of the chairs creates so much visual distraction and makes the room looks so busy. I really like the Vintage French Square dining chairs from Restoration Hardware but I am going to let my urge simmer for a while before I make any move. You probably know those dining chairs are not cheap, and for the same price, I could probably get any design I really like NOW, and then some. I am beginning to wonder these days who really care about whether dining chairs are made of solid mahogany. This is one of my major decor regrets.

Lindsey said...

Because I rent I haven't made many huge design purchases on the hope I will eventually move into something bigger and more permanent, however, after reading these comments when the time comes I will def be taking my time choosing dining room chairs!!

Amelia @ House Pretty said...

Too many to count! They're pretty much all the result of rushing - either buying something because it was 'nice enough' and available right away or because it was 'a good deal'. I find it so hard to have the patience to wait until I find just the right piece or to set money aside bit by bit so that I can get what I really want!

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

I have a ton of mistakes. The eggshell paint in our living room, the dining room table that won't stay 'together' with the leaf, and is too small, and the antique white paint in all the hallways is just....boring. Oh well!

Laurie M. Rauch said...

I have so many decor-regrets as well. The biggest is the Gus Modern sectional we bought at one of their warehouse sales. It's pretty to look at, but is the most uncomfortable thing to stretch out and lay around on. I hate it, but it was so expensive, I can't just get rid of it.


The second was the master bedroom which has a purple damask wallpaper feature wall along a wall that stopped being a feature wall about six months after we moved in, and has purple paint that doesn't quite match the purple in the wallpaper, and worse, non-matching purple drapes. It's just too much. But the wallpaper was put up by my mom, and she gets very angry if I even hint at taking it down. (It's probably going to come down though, even if I will never hear the end of it for years... :) )

Designwali said...

oh gosh...i hate having to live decor regrets. Can i say ugly sofa bed that won't ever leave me!

Katrina Sullivan said...

Love that your sharing your design regrets!! I also regret buying such bulky looking and feeling chairs for our dining room, this time around I plan on buying solid wood chairs much easy to keep clean unlike our old ones. I also regret our sofa fabric choice, I loved the sofa but the back cushions drove me freaking crazy, lol. This time for our house i'm buying sofas with no back pillows :) much cleaner look :) Oh and paint, tons of paint do-overs in my past. Mistakes are great learning curves!

Kathryn said...

Oh regrets. Luckily most of mine weren't hugely expensive but they still dominate some rooms. I hate our dining room chairs too. I'm toying with painting them. Our dining room / living room area is too beige/brown. Need some colour or something. Gah.

Kim said...

My biggest regret is paying extra for teal carpet in our Master Bedroom when we built our house. It's so hard to decorate around that stupid teal carpet. Now all flooring choices are neutral, colors are brought in with paint or accessories. Lesson learned!

Life Begins at Thirty, Right? said...

Haha teal carpet sounds awesome! When I was a teenager my parents let me pick the colours in my room. Navy carpet, white walls and navy blue trim. Of course, right?! My poor parents...

lisaroy said...

Ha! I think we all have a regret or two! My biggest regret would be our farmhouse table that i bought in Muskoka 15 years ago. I loved it. Then I started shopping for chairs. I chose Louis chairs which I love and had them custom upholstered. Except they never really worked with the low skirt piece under the table and our legs rubbed on it - it felt like we were squeezing our legs between the chair and the underside of the skirt. I finally sold the table before moving to Dubai. And last week found a new one! I can't believe I let that table drive me crazy for 15 years!

tdk said...

Yes. Many regrets. In less than four years, we have already painted the dining room and living room twice. We started to do a remove, sand, restain, replace project on ALL of the original wood trim. I say 'started' because this has been an ongoing project for three years. I hate the colour I painted my kitchen and I absolutely despise the countertops as well. I painted the brick of our fireplace mantle, which looked fine with the OLD livingroom colour but horrible with the new one. Our (paid WAY too much for) antique dining table and chairs are horrible. Not too keen on the (also not so cheap) light I hung in there as well.



I hear you. LOUD and clear. Loud and clear.

Carrie Rigsby said...

Girl, I could write a whole blog just on decor regrets alone! Most were done in my first house. We were poor and needed furniture for every room in the house. That meant a lot of poor quality, impulse purchases and rushed DIYs. The end result was fine, but I knew I could do better. This time around, we're taking our time to decorate...even it if means I need to wait 5 years until I save up enough money to buy the dining room chairs I REALLY want!

Sheri said...

I hear you on the dining room chairs, we moved into our house about 3 years ago and got a gorgeous big reclaimed wood table, I was desperate for chairs and saw 4 cloth covered options at a Homesense. Did I mention we have 2 kids, 2 and 8, they are not clean eaters or crafters and the fabric is a mess and I can't seem to clean them at all. I HATE them now, plus the legs were a difference colour then the table (I was going by memory on the colour), but I went to 3 different stores to get them and truly did not want to lug them back again, since we had just moved I really wish I had, now I am in the process of finding better chairs, that wipe clean.

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

would have made my laundry "closet" bigger to accomodate a drying rack and a laundry hanmper.
should have chosen a soaker tub faucet that had a sprayer. It is very hard to clean a large tub without one!