Why Speed Decorating Doesn't Work for Us

Why Speed Decorating Doesn't Work for Us

Sarah Coffey
Jul 16, 2008

We had such big plans this week. We were going to pull together a guest room from scratch in 6 days. Day 1: Find a bed that could also work as a sofa. Day 2: Buy bedding. Day 3: Clear out and organize the room. Day 4: Paint. Day 5: Arrange the furniture. Day 6: Finishing Touches. Buy the end of the week, we'd have the guest room of our dreams. Well...that didn't happen...

We're on Day 4, and with two jobs and the general chaos that happens in life, we've finally accepted that speed decorating just doesn't work for us. We bought the bed - a $50 thrift store find from Jubilee Furniture with bolster pillows that will allow it to double as a sofa. Awesome, right? Except that we have to reupholster the bolster pillows, and when are we going to find the time to do that?

We cleaned out and organized the room. That took about 3 days all together. We're exhausted, and there's no way we're going to paint and get finishing touches together by Friday. At first, we were upset, until we realized our guests won't really care. They'll have a functional room, a bed with clean sheets, and they're not visiting to judge our decorating skills. They're visiting to spend time with us. So, we're putting our ideal guest room on hold and working with what we've got. No more speed decorating for us.

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