Decorating Over Time: One Room, 3 Years Later

Moving into a new place is always exciting. You can see the possibilities, and you just.want.to.get.there. However, unless you're a contestant on some HGTV show, no one's swooping in to transform your room all at once, complete with a show-stopping, hand-clapping "Before and After" reveal.
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Most rooms evolve slowly over time. Above is a glimpse of my own dining area six months after I moved in, followed by a snapshot of the same space, now three years later. I've accumulated a medical cabinet, chairs, and a different rug, but that's pretty much it. In fact, there are tons of things I have yet to change. Replacing that lamp with a pendant light above the table has been on my to-do list since day one. And don't tell me that blank wall to the right of the cabinet isn't screaming out "fill me please" to you too. Lastly, that's still white primer on the walls versus actual paint.

That said, I'll stick with the moral of this story: don't stress about "completing" your room in a rush; there are benefits to the slow trickle over time. 95% of my furniture is from online classified ads, which means great prices. I am also less apt to fall prey to trends. All of this leads to less shopper's remorse, and makes me even more comfortable waiting for other "right" things to come along.

Think about carrying a few helpful things with you while you're out and about:

  • Ongoing list of furniture needs
  • Paint chip of your current room color
  • Room and wall dimensions
  • Photo of the room on your phone.

I won't tell you to carry around a heavy measuring tape, but they sure are handy.

(Images: Dabney Frake)

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