Overcoming Buyer’s Remorse - The Plan

 

There has been absolutely one top priority since we moved into our new house last November.  Our company and our amazing followers. But, now that summer is really here I’ve been more lenient with myself on weekends. Instead of working through them I’ve spent the last few dreaming. I’ve formed a plan on how we can realistically take on our house woes while still staying focused on everything that owning a small business requires daily. 

Here’s the plan. 

 We found this mantel at an amazing local architectural salvage store. We gave the owner the dimensions of our fireplace insert and he took us around the whole store. Two buildings and nothing fit. Then he remembered this was in the back of his pick up and it fit PERFECTLY. I think it was fate because he  hadn't even pulled it out of his truck to  he clean it up for sale yet.  We didn't paint or refinish it. Every scrape tells the story of it's journey to our home. We LOVE that about it.

We found this mantel at an amazing local architectural salvage store. We gave the owner the dimensions of our fireplace insert and he took us around the whole store. Two buildings and nothing fit. Then he remembered this was in the back of his pick up and it fit PERFECTLY. I think it was fate because he  hadn't even pulled it out of his truck to  he clean it up for sale yet.  We didn't paint or refinish it. Every scrape tells the story of it's journey to our home. We LOVE that about it.

 

1.) Keep the walls, change the colors & textures. 

Typically, when we tell friends we are redecorating a room they’ve learned to assume it involves demo and rebuilding. Believe me, there are areas in this house where that is certainly tempting. However, for the most part, we are going to focus on keeping a lot of what is already there, and layer textures, textiles, and color throughout the space that represent our style in a way that can be achieved on a weekend or even after work when we can manage.

 We found this bold toss pillow and loved how detailed the embroidery was. Down to the little tassel, I loved it. I have some future plans to incorporate some aspects of this pillow into other designs for P&W, too.  

We found this bold toss pillow and loved how detailed the embroidery was. Down to the little tassel, I loved it. I have some future plans to incorporate some aspects of this pillow into other designs for P&W, too.  

 

2.) Buy great quality things ONE time. 

I think it is very easy to get distracted from what truly speaks to your design soul when we’re constantly flooded with trendy designs that come and go. I know I’ve been guilty in the past of settling for what might be easy to access and less expensive at a big box store. 

My new motto is this: Ignore design trends. Listen to my gut. Buy quality when my mind is truly made up. 

 We've cheaped out on furniture before. It fell apart and we ended up having to re-buy it just a few years later. When we bought our new living room set with a bonus check for Steve's hard work at his day job, we went with pieces we knew would last. This ottoman is two years old and still in great shape. We had our old furniture not much longer when it looked sad and saggy. Paying more for quality living room furniture that we knew we would use every day totally paid off. 

We've cheaped out on furniture before. It fell apart and we ended up having to re-buy it just a few years later. When we bought our new living room set with a bonus check for Steve's hard work at his day job, we went with pieces we knew would last. This ottoman is two years old and still in great shape. We had our old furniture not much longer when it looked sad and saggy. Paying more for quality living room furniture that we knew we would use every day totally paid off. 

I don’t even want to know how much we've spent over the years on seasonal trends that aren’t great quality only to hate them two months later. That ends now. It’s wasteful and ridiculous. If we see something and love it, we now refuse to care if it’s what is popular.

 There were old books and knick-knacks from my Grandma's house in boxes from before our last move. When she downsized, I ended up saving a great deal knowing I'd love to decorate with them at some point. I found the trick of filtering through 100+ years of storage was being able to filter through it all to keep the items that were quality and make us feel good. Happy memories are triggered by so many of the items in our house and that's exactly how your own house should feel. 

There were old books and knick-knacks from my Grandma's house in boxes from before our last move. When she downsized, I ended up saving a great deal knowing I'd love to decorate with them at some point. I found the trick of filtering through 100+ years of storage was being able to filter through it all to keep the items that were quality and make us feel good. Happy memories are triggered by so many of the items in our house and that's exactly how your own house should feel. 

There's nothing better than a gas range that gets your excited to cook or a truly soft and quality statement rug. Things like that are what we're taking our time to find. If that means saving up to buy this time around then that's what we're going to do. Taking our time also makes us slow down and really think about what we want each piece of a room to really look like in the end and not settle for something that KIND OF works. 

 When we decided to buy a new stove we wanted gas. We had settled for electric in our old home and there's just nothing like a good gas range. Maybe we're crazy but we feel like you can taste a difference in the food. This is definitely one of the largest investments to our new home that we've made but we plan to have this stove a VERY long time and know that it will last.

When we decided to buy a new stove we wanted gas. We had settled for electric in our old home and there's just nothing like a good gas range. Maybe we're crazy but we feel like you can taste a difference in the food. This is definitely one of the largest investments to our new home that we've made but we plan to have this stove a VERY long time and know that it will last.

 

3.) Our house is our home, not a hotel. 

We need to make our spaces personal. Modeling our home after a hotel room or stock photo that is meant to appeal to the masses disconnects us from the space. We will fill these spaces with personal quirky items regardless if they “match” perfectly or appeal to the tastes of everyone that comes to visit. We get a lot of family and friends who come to stay for long periods of time. We used to make the whole house more "neutral" so that everyone we love who spends time here felt comfortable. Although we absolutely want them to still feel comfortable we have decided to stop tip-toeing around bold colors or "weird" art in order to do so. They love us, they don't care. It was silly to think that mattered, to begin with. 

 This wall is filled with items we've collected from our family's past. Such as a Veterinary Diploma from my Great Grandfather, a morse code tapper from Steve's Great Grandpa, Tools from family stone masons, and My Grandma and Grandpa's wedding announcement and coverage from the local paper.

This wall is filled with items we've collected from our family's past. Such as a Veterinary Diploma from my Great Grandfather, a morse code tapper from Steve's Great Grandpa, Tools from family stone masons, and My Grandma and Grandpa's wedding announcement and coverage from the local paper.

 

4.)Use what we already have & love.

Nothing is more personal that the items we have that remind us of the people we love. We are lucky enough to have a great deal of our family's heirlooms. We're refusing to tuck them away because they don't match our current style. Instead, we're making them the focal point of everything else that comes into our rooms because we know our love for them will withstand the test of time.

 

 A full set of stunning Paul Revere Copper Pots was given to us by a family friend. To say we are honored she thought enough of us to pass down such an amazing family heirloom is an understatement. They are so loved and will ALWAY hang proudly in my kitchen. Copper is "trending" right now, but I have plans to show these off for the rest of forever! 

A full set of stunning Paul Revere Copper Pots was given to us by a family friend. To say we are honored she thought enough of us to pass down such an amazing family heirloom is an understatement. They are so loved and will ALWAY hang proudly in my kitchen. Copper is "trending" right now, but I have plans to show these off for the rest of forever! 

5.) Plants are important. 

Steve and I don’t ever feel quite as at home as when we have living plants and bouquets in the house. We plan to grow indoor plants year round and have started a cut flower garden bed to help us enjoy beautiful seasonal bouquets on the cheap during the warmer months. 

 We try to keep fresh flowers and plants in each room of our home as often as possible.

We try to keep fresh flowers and plants in each room of our home as often as possible.

 When NYS weather will allow we grow as much of our own food as we can. Really, it comes down to getting what is left after the bunnies, deer, and dogs eat it on us. But that's okay. We grow enough to share. haha.

When NYS weather will allow we grow as much of our own food as we can. Really, it comes down to getting what is left after the bunnies, deer, and dogs eat it on us. But that's okay. We grow enough to share. haha.

 

6.) Design for US and YOU.

As we go, we always think of pieces that we can’t find in any store that would be a statement piece for a room. Such as really great shelf brackets or tile. I’ve found that some of our most popular selling items were things we originally had a need for in our own lives. 

When that happens, we’re going to do our best to make them for both our home and yours and make them available on our web store. 

 When ideas strike I have a tendency of drawing them on the nearest surface available. When Steve develops his hand-turned wood items, that little leg will make an appearance. 

When ideas strike I have a tendency of drawing them on the nearest surface available. When Steve develops his hand-turned wood items, that little leg will make an appearance. 

 

7.) Buy when we travel. 

NOT a plastic snow globe of the Statue of Liberty but something that is great quality and will last. For example, a print from a local artist or a flea market find from a far away town. That’s what we’re keep our eye out for. The objects in our home should all carry their own little story. Nothing is worse than not feeling a special connection when you look around at the items in your own house. 

 

 We were lucky enough to be at the same event in Mississippi as a Tin Type photographer. We had him take our photo to fill in with our wall full of family memorabilia. It fits in so well people would don't know us might assume it's just another relic from the past.

We were lucky enough to be at the same event in Mississippi as a Tin Type photographer. We had him take our photo to fill in with our wall full of family memorabilia. It fits in so well people would don't know us might assume it's just another relic from the past.

8.) Use what we’re drawn to — in multiples. 

Naturally, I am drawn to antique china and fun eclectic dish ware. If it's handmade that's an even bigger selling point for me.  Steve has a fascination with antique tools. We plan to collect and incorporate both of those into the house as wall decor.

 We accidentally already have an antique tool collection started. My great grandfather was a stone mason. When we were helping my grandma downsize we found his whole work chest full of AMAZING antique tools in her basement. SCORE. 

We accidentally already have an antique tool collection started. My great grandfather was a stone mason. When we were helping my grandma downsize we found his whole work chest full of AMAZING antique tools in her basement. SCORE. 

 

 

So, That’s the plan moving forward. Now, I’ve got to get myself back into my studio where the wall decor always comes second to functionality and getting beautifully designed orders out on time! ;-)

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