How Do You Deal with Design Mistakes?

How Do You Deal with Design Mistakes?

Kim Lucian
Jul 22, 2013

The other week I picked up a pillow as a complete impulse buy. It was bright and colorful and only five dollars — what could go wrong? Only once I brought it inside, the bright colors looked downright garish against the rest of my décor, and what was that pattern exactly? It looked creepily like eyeballs if you stared at it too long.

Needless to say, it was sitting out on the curb the next day. I’m hoping it makes more sense in someone else’s living room. I realize that I got off easy with a five dollar mistake, but it got me thinking — how do you deal with a larger one? I’m usually a cut once, measure twice kind of girl when it comes to decision making, but when it comes to shopping at flea markets, designer sample sales and the like it can be easy to be seduced by a great deal or the idea of a style that you admire but really isn’t you.

I’m curious to hear about your missteps and how you dealt with them in the cases, like mine, where they couldn’t be returned. Did you cut your losses and sell them off, remake them or cover them up? Or did you just hope that eventually, they would grow on you?

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