Embracing Patience: Slow Decorating

Do you take your time and hunt down the absolute perfect item for each nook and cranny? Do you have the time and energy to wait and buy or re-create the things you can't yet afford? Can you live in a semi-finished space? In other words: are you a slow decorator?

Do you possess the kind of patience you need for slow decorating? I certainly don't, but have been forced into it for the past few months while I try to put together a new home.

On one hand I am enjoying mulling over each space, the joy of finding or building the perfect thing, the excitement when it comes together, and the challenge of finding creative ways to fill the space while it gets 'finished'. But on the other hand, it's driving me insane. I can see the final product of the house in my mind's eye but don't have the time or resources to make it all happen at once. I have had no choice but to learn patience and join the slow decorating camp, even if I occasionally fight it along the way.

I only feel calm in finished and balanced spaces, so having my environment in continual chaos makes me very uneasy. I just heard a professional organizer talk about this very subject and how living with boxes and clutter makes one feel out of control and unprepared in all aspects of their life. When I get overwhelmed with the process, I try to remind myself that it will only last for about a year or so and to stop and take stock of how far I've come in such a short time and how happy I am with the results. I can't say I am a complete convert, but I am getting there slowly.

I'd like to know how you all feel about the subject and how you manage to live in an unfinished space. Comment away.

(Image: Raina & Robert's Modern Farmhouse Makeover)

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Alysha is a photographer and designer living in Seattle who loves dark chocolate, tea, and all things furry. In her spare time you'll find her with paint in her hair renovating her 1919 Craftsman and sharing the process on her blog Old House New Tricks.

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