How Often Do You Redecorate?

How Often Do You Redecorate?

Gregory Han
Mar 25, 2009

It began as a slight itch. Then an annoying thought that would rear its head with increasing frequency. Now its become a bona fide "to do". We're talking about redecorating. After four years since moving to our Silver Lake studio apartment, Emily and I are just a bit tired with our decor. We love our place, but the sheen has dulled, and we're starting to feel the pull of redecorating with an aesthetic and colour scheme much different from the one we have today. Four years isn't really a long time, but we've had most of our major furnishings for more than 7 years now and we're liking the idea of shaking things up. We've changed in that time, as have our tastes...

Grace has been doing a great series of posts about redecorating on a budget, but we're thinking more about redecorating over a span of time that works within our means. That means we plan to set aside some money each month with the plans to have money to reupholster our seating in a new colour (or fabric), repaint our walls, replace our dingy rug and maybe even restain our larger furniture pieces. No putting things on credit...doing it the old fashioned way by saving up and spending what we can truly afford. That's going to take patience, but a plan that gives us time to plan things out, keep a conservative measure of how we use our money, and also give us options if we have other more dire needs to address. We're not planning to purchase new furniture, but all the surrounding details can be updated, refinished, and edited to give our apartment a new look. Because like a romance, home decor is just as much about excitement as comfort, and we think we need to relight the fire, so to speak.

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