Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Don't you know, we're talking about an evolution. It sounds like a whisper

I scrolled through about a year and a half's worth of photos in my picasa last night, looking for a picture for a little web mention coming this week.  (On the list of organizational to-dos: create files of photo selects).  I was struck by just how much the rooms in my home have evolved, in big and in small ways.  It was funny that my reaction to earlier iterations of spaces was the same: amateur!  Really, though, I think I mean unfinished.

One of the things that surprises people most about decorating is how long it can take.  Even if you manage a fairly major transformation fairly quickly, the tweaking can go on forever: moving an artwork here, swapping pillows there.  While I do believe that good designers can envision the whole picture and execute it all at once, I think the very best, personal spaces come from a place of percolating ideas and evolution.  Collections grow, details are added, new furniture gradually gets the patina of life.

I'm thinking about sharing some of these evolutions in my own home to demonstrate what a big difference small changes can make.  I'm just trying not to hear the advice from bloggers saying to never put a "before" on the internet!

In the meantime, I'm curious.  Do you continue to tweak things in your home?  Or when you're done, are you just done?


  1. The tweaking is never ending at my house. I just wish I did not have the habit of mentally chastizing myself for not having seen the "better" way first and living so long with things in the "wrong" place.

  2. I don't tweak things so much as just try to maintain them! 3 boys 6'4" 6'1" and 5'9", a crazy kitty and a workaholic DH. Means constant spills, table and chair dings, wall smears, sneaker skid marks, sweat marks on upholstery, etc. that need maintenance and repairs. Someday though!

  3. I am constantly changing things around my house, it's fun to me!

  4. Congrats on all the mentions this week! You know the second I'm "done" I sell it all and start over. I can't stand being done with a design so I quickly move on to the next look. That's the fun!
    xoxo -e (modern24seven)


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