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Design Paralysis

by - Thursday, June 22, 2017


For a DIY and design blog, and considering how many rooms in this new old house of ours need to be redone, there's not much progress around here, amirite?

I could blame it on a number of things. Summer. Focusing on BlogPodium. Weekends at the cottage. Chloe being out of school. Summer. But the truth is, I'm having a bit of design paralysis.

Have you ever experienced this?

It can be brought on by any number of things. You could be so overwhelmed by the amount of renovating and decorating that needs to be done that you just don't know where to start. Do we do our bedroom because it's one of the rooms we use the most? Or do we start with the powder room because it's a quick and easy project? Or maybe the laundry room because it needs a lot of work?

And then there's budget (limited) and time (limited too) to consider. Allocating your resources to one small room when you've got a whole home to re-do can be daunting. I have nightmares about completing a dozen small projects and then running out of money to re-do the kitchen which would be terrible because I really.don't.like.my.kitchen!

And then there's the issue of design.

I don't like the idea of designing one room in isolation... it's got to flow with the rest of the house. The backyard that you see through our living room window needs to work with what you see indoors. The guest bedroom should work with the other bedrooms. They should speak the same language. There needs to a be a consistency in design, quality, and approach.


I've made mistakes before. This room was designed on a whim and it showed. While it looked fine, I never really loved it and it never felt right with the rest of our more traditional home.

Design regrets. It's a thing.

I know I should just start. Just pick one thing and go. But I'd much rather just be sitting out on the patio, sipping on an iced tea. But, oh wait, there's no furniture on the patio. It's a never-ending circle friends!!

Tell me, how do you prioritize your home projects? Have you felt overwhelmed by the amount of work you want to do in your home?

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