My biggest regret with our new home was rushing to fill it. We moved into our home in September 2017. We found it under construction during the framing stages so we actually got to pick out some finishes like paint colors, faucets, and hardware. Will and I had just moved back to Jackson from Chattanooga and we were also newly married. In other words, we didn’t have much stuff. The stuff we did have was an accumulation from college and living with parents.
Over the next couple months, I sold a lot of our old stuff (regret) and then felt this instant urgency to fill it all up. Although we slept on a mattress on the floor for months, it seemed as though I rushed to get everything else done. Tables, couches, window treatments, art, you name it. There isn’t anything wrong with wanting to fill your house quickly, but let me just say this. I didn’t take my time to really figure out my style. I made purchases quickly just to fill the space and have something there rather than taking my time to really figure out what I wanted. Because of my regrets, I have come up with 3 tips to help you are currently stuck in that pressure to fill your walls.
3 Essential Tips For Loving Your New Home Long Term
I came up with these three things but I’m sure there are more things that would help! Lets dive in.
Take your time. Whether you are in a new home, remodeling a home, or looking for a future home, this can apply to you. Take your time with those decisions. Big or small, there is no rush most of the time. A lot of the rush we feel is usually from the pressure we put on ourselves. Learn from me. I rushed to fill our walls quickly and once everything was filled, I started realizing that nothing truly felt like me. Which leads me to point number 2.
Study images that inspire you. We all get inspiration from somewhere. It can come from anywhere. Another picture, an experience, another home, or even nature. If your inspiration is coming from another picture, here is my advice. Study it. Figure out why it inspires you. Is it because it is popular in the moment. Is it because that is safe and easy. Or is it because it feels like you. Those are questions you need to ask yourself.
Think about why it resonates with you. When I am designing a space, I start by pulling inspiration from everywhere I can. Make it fun! Then, gather all the images together and really study why you like them. Do you keep coming back to certain images? Is it the colors? The architecture? The quality of materials? Or the details on the furniture legs? Does it remind you of growing up? Whatever it is that resonates with you, hold on to it. Save it for later. When you are ready to make a decision, you will have more of an idea of what you want. This is key to finding your unique style. I encourage you to not just purchase something based off of what everyone else is doing. Sometimes you can end up feeling unconnected to it because it wasn’t you. God made us all different and so all of our styles will have some uniqueness to it and I freaking LOVE that.
Hi! I'm Sara. I'm so thankful you are here. I hope this blog inspires you to never stop creating and encourages you to see your home in a different way.