Have you ever found your decorating style before?
And then you moved?
And you lost it?
All the things didn’t work.
And the weirdest thing? They worked before. Truly. They worked in the old house. Your couch and your chair and your table and your burlap and your chalkboard and your farmhouse signs were perfect.
But in the new house?
None of it worked. No matter how hard you tried. No matter how much you put that old chair in the new place and that farmhouse sign on the wall and the burlap pillows on the bench. It all just felt like a square peg in a round hole.
For example, let’s take this dining room. Let’s look at where this dining room started and then where it went and then where it went after that and then how it took a total 180-degree turn to a completely different look.
Did you see that one coming?
Here’s the view of the dining room into the living room the day we bought the house.
There were beautiful 100-year-old floors and a swinging door that went into the kitchen and smocked burlap curtains at the windows and french doors that closed between the two rooms.
At first, I thought I was going to go farmhouse.
Like the house I just moved from.
Here’s the first pass at the room.
Random toolbox that did NOT work on the dining table.
Here’s the next step in the decorating journey.
I added the metal wreaths on the windows.
And the giant dough bowl filled with flowers on the table.
And I liked it.
And it was fine.
But I just felt like it was not the house.
It’s like the house kept tugging at my elbow and telling me it wanted to be a little more grown up.
AND IT WANTED COLOR.
And to make matters even more complicated, I added color to the room right next door to it.
The room you can see through the french doors.
All this color.
All this blue.
And the dining room was raising its hand and waving it in the air and telling me that it wanted a little blue and white, too.
And so I listened.
The room looks like this.
For all that is good and right in this world—please look at the farmhouse before.
And then scroll down and blink twice and look again.
It is the same room.
Just a little more color.
A little extra.
It started with this rug from eSale rugs.
eSale rugs provided the rug for this post. They are one of my new advertising partners and I can’t recommend them enough.
The selection is incredible.
The shipping was fast and the entire ordering process was super easy. It’s really hard to pick a rug online—but the colors on the eSale website were true to the actual color of the rug and they provided different pictures of different angles of the rug as well as gave you the option to see the rug in your room. I was a little nervous about choosing such a bold rug without actually seeing in person—but I couldn’t be happier with it.
The rug started the entire design plan.
I found these blue and white striped chairs.
They were SUPER affordable and I bought them when Wayfair was having a big sale.
I kept the original end chairs and just added a blue and white pillow to it.
I shopped the house for a lot of the rest of the things in the room.
Like these gray and white striped chairs with the nailheads that used to be in my office at Thistlewood.
The plates came from a yard sale and Hobby Lobby.
The pillow came from the living room.
The blue and white curtains pulled the rest of the look together.
I bought them at Half-Priced Drapes.
Again, I wasn’t too sure about the bold pattern—until they showed up at the house.
I can’t even with them.
In the middle of working on the room, I wasn’t sure.
I second-guessed myself.
Was it too much?
Was it all too extra?
But the house kept encouraging me.
It kept telling me that white plaster walls painted SW Extra White would work.
And that blue and white would make me so happy.
And that bright colors would make me happy.
Isn’t it funny?
After all those years of neutral.
And all of that farmhouse.
All of that gray and khaki and texture and distressing.
I thought that’s how I’d always decorate.
This house came along and changed my mind.
The moral of this post?
Sometimes what you think you need isn’t what your house wants.
Sometimes the journey doesn’t take you exactly where you planned.
Sometimes taking a leap of decorating faith brings a little color into your world.
I get it.
The house was trying to tell me all along.
All I had to do was listen.
PS All the sources for this room are listed on my Shop My House page here.
disclosure: Product was provided to me by eSale rugs in exchange for this post.
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