Movement…what movement? There’s a ‘movement’? Intentionally decorating slowly—was that what I was unconsciously doing in our house?
From the point our offer on the house was accepted last December, I've mulled over every decorating, renovating, gardening and financing decision day in and day out and have genuinely enjoyed contemplating each detail. After all, this property is all ours! But, had I been unknowingly embracing this supposed 'slow decorating movement' all along?
-Will I love it in a day, in a week, in a month, in a year?
-After factoring in any fabric/upholstery/repair costs, is it still worth it? Is it still a good price?
-Is it real wood/sturdy/well-made?
If an item doesn't pass at least a couple of these guidelines, I don’t buy it. Buy once; buy right—that’s my new motto. The result (I hope) is a home comprised of pieces that feel special to me, that have longevity and can be reworked over time. It also means that most of our rooms are incomplete or entirely empty...as the photos above show. I guess I am ‘slow decorating’—I just didn't realize it before that Craigslist sale.
I hope the result is a house filled with rooms that I love as much as our den, which is the lone room in our house that’s fully done…and we've lived here almost 10 months! It’s all taking time but you know what they say: you can’t hurry love.
Now I turn to you, readers: what are your thoughts on ‘slow decorating’? Did you have the vision to furnish your space quickly or are you taking your sweet time like me? If you could do it all over again, would you have slowed down your decorating process? I’d love to hear your thoughts!