We'd all prefer to make considered, carefully planned purchasing decisions and never experience a lapse in judgment. But when that fails, how do you deal with it? The Internet is a godsend for design inspiration — especially DIY projects and IKEA hacks — but it's possible to get excited about a project or item in situ and then find it doesn't work quite as well in one's own space or life. For example, I fell in puppy love with this brilliant Besta hack with upholstery studs. But when my own snow white Besta arrived, the relationship soured. It looked perfectly fine in my then-undecorated, minimal-by-accident apartment, but it was so not my style that I started to resent it. What was I thinking? I'm not into minimalism and I never like white! I felt like I was living in an Apple Store, but not in a good way.
Most items can be resold on sites like Craigslist, though you're unlikely to make all the money back. Donating the offending item is a great thing to do if you can find a charity that will accept it. (Just try giving away a sofa in New York.) Of course, there's always the option of going all DIY on the offending item and trying to remake it into something more desirable, though that can bring its own set of regrets and disasters.
Luckily my mistake just involved an easily paintable TV stand, not something big like the white sofa I almost ordered. White sofas can look amazing in photos, and after looking at one too many I got it into my head that suddenly my husband and I were White Sofa People. "We can do it!" I said when he looked at me skeptically. "And if not, slipcovers are easily purchasable."
But I learned from the Besta experience and got the sofa in dark gray, which was a huge relief when I spilled a cherry red Negroni on it within an hour of assembly.
Have you ever experienced decor remorse? What did you change your mind about, and how did you fix it?