Small Moments and the Current State of Things

Some moments and the current state of things

I think we have hit somewhat of a brick wall over here. I’d like to say it’s because we are just plain exhausted from making house decisions. There’s probably something to that. However if I’m totally honest with myself, I know it’s because we are just awful at pulling the trigger on finishing things (i.e. the last 5% of the nursery – it’s coming guys I promise).

We had like 2 things hanging on the wall in our first house. We didn’t hang anything until a pinterest challenge made us in the last house. I was hoping that would change when we moved here. I mean it will be at least 4 years until we move again, right? (Cue maniacal laughter then insert tears.)

I hung our chair print first (see above). Our open shelving isn’t styled at all. Honestly the inside of our cabinets are a hot mess too. Baby steps guys…so there’s a picture frame on that wall.

Some moments and the current state of things

I threw together a tiny moment on our living room mantel. It’s basically a remix of the mantel in the master at our last house (which coincidently enough was also spurred by a pinterest challenge). I’m sensing a pattern.

Some moments and the current state of things

A somewhat quirky addition was our RESTROOM sign from Schoolhouse Electric that was formally in our gallery wall. It actually marks where the half bath is for guests. I love it on the black doors.

Some moments and the current state of things

I was trying to style the top of the hutch, so I gathered all our glass bottles. The rest just fell into place. Nick is not a fan. If you think it’s because of the creepy painting, you’re so wrong. He’s a huge creepy painting fan…more on that later. He hates that the top is very old items then I filled the hutch with new housewares that we had – most of which is white.

Admittedly, it is conflicting. It could look better, but it will stay for now. I’m trying to get better at the “for now” part of things. I am not a temporary fix kind of person. I want it all done right or not at all. Sounds amazing right? Except what it means in real life is…

Some moments and the current state of things

Tons of decor scatted all around the house. Waiting. Most of it lines the walls in the formal dining. Unfortunately we use the formal dining every day since that’s where our only table is right now. We have pictures leaning on the wall along with breakables and JFK busts. I mean all kinds of randomness that we’ve collected is sitting along all the dining room walls – insanity.

I love that stuff. I just have a hard time committing to put it in a specific place that isn’t my dining room floor apparently. We have this giant moose head that’s incredible. It’s never been hung after 3+ years of owning it. It could go ANYWHERE which is exactly why it goes no where.

I wanted to share these tiny moments in the house. These representations of temporary solutions in our home. We are about 95% finished with Beckett’s room. The hold up is finding a side table. The one thing I won’t do is purchase something as a temporary solution. It’s proving to be nearly impossible to find something that we both love for in there.

Thanks for being patient with us while I work through my crazy decorating habits. Please tell me I’m not the only one who suffers from design paralysis.

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32 Responses to Small Moments and the Current State of Things
  1. Colleen Rich says:

    I came across your blog through another one and I love your new home! My husband and I actually just moved into a home that we built and made alllll decisions for and are also exhausted! The last time we sold our house, we staged it the way we would show it and were so happy for the last month we were in it. That’s what we’re trying to do now… just put stuff on the wall (stuff that we love of course) so that it feels more like us and then we can change it out as we go along. It’s been working so far and it feels so much better!

    • Amber says:

      Glad you found us! I feel you on the exhaustion from home building! We can both hang things slowly and pat ourselves on the back for making all those other home decisions so quickly during the build!

  2. cassie says:

    ok well everything you HAVE done is freaking awesome. i love it. forever and ever. the end.

  3. angela says:

    I feel for you. It takes me forever to make a decision. Love what you’ve done so far and thrilled to know their is another creepy painting fan out there. ;)

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

    • Amber says:

      Well you are in luck because we just scored 4 more of those creepy paintings this week. Our efforts should be focused on the nursery, but what else is one to do when those drop in your lap?!

  4. So feel you on this. We’ve got half-finished rooms and projects all over the place! But I love your idea of zooming in to get those special (and styled) moments captured… I’m totally going to steal that concept. :)

  5. Gretchen says:

    now, see, the problem is it’s been too long since the last Pinterest Challenge! How do they expect us to get anything done?! I love what you’ve done so far. and my den has been a dumping ground like your dining room for two whole years now, so don’t feel bad :)

    • Amber says:

      That’s exactly the problem!! How dare they! :) I really just need a boss who enforces deadlines on me! Glad to know I’m not the only decor hoarder than takes over rooms with my finds!

  6. Your home is so pretty! I love that bathroom sign :)

  7. I just followed you on twitter recently and I LOVE your blog. These photos are amazing, especially the first one. I totally suffer from “design paralysis.” It is a burden. My final product is nowhere near your beautiful results, though!

    • Amber says:

      You are so sweet! I’m glad you found us! I can barely use our camera, but it helps that there’s a ton of light in this house! And photoshop…photoshop helps too.

  8. Nichole S. says:

    Omg. Love it. How very New York loft’ish with all the artwork and pics lounging around on the floor. That is our exact decorating technique at this rental house! Did you copy us? Of course we also use strategically placed, NOT unpacked cardboard boxes here and there to set the tone also. Tonight the girls taped artwork to the living room wall for their Daddy and those are the only things we have “up” on our walls besides a calendar. #tired

    • Amber says:

      Yeah New York loft is what we were aiming for….going with that. That’s so sweet of the girls! Having them hang their art around is probably the best way to decorate at this point. Once your house is finished, it will be all glam and they will have their own space to hang up their drawings!

  9. That kitchen, it just makes me speechless! I am loving how it is coming together :)

  10. I’m totally a temporary fix person. But my temporary fix turns into something I never change. ;) So, I’m not sure what’s worse. When we first moved, I would just wander aimlessly with a box of nails and a hammer. It made Ryan nuts.

  11. I think it looks very promising! I like everything you are showing so far :) Is that a new rug in front of the island?

    I have stacks of frames against my bedroom walls too. I am so ready for that project to be over… will be a while still…

    • Amber says:

      Thanks Katja! It’s the rug from the dining nook in the old house. I’ve actually moved it to the formal dining now. It clashes there, but we have something under the table to protect the floors. They were getting super scratched up! I’m not ready to commit to a new rug in there just yet, so that rug wins for temporary fix over there! It’s a beautiful rug.

      Maybe we can make stack of frames against the wall a trend? Procrastinators/people in a seemingly constant state of waiting unite!!

  12. Justine says:

    You are not alone! My husband HATES my design paralysis (I’m so glad I have a term for it now). You said it exactly right – things can go anywhere so they go nowhere. I mean, what if I hang a picture in the hallway but when I finally get around to decorating the guest bedroom (or the nursery, or the master bedroom, or the bathroom….) it would work better there?! How can I predict the future? One year later I finally gave up hope that I would overcome the paralysis and moved all the artwork that was in a box or leaning against the dining room walls to the basement.

    • Amber says:

      Glad to know I’m not alone! Nick reminded me that we could just move it all upstairs. Out of sight, out of mind. That’s a scary option too!

  13. Dude. Your house already looks like it’s out of a magazine. Come half ass decorate my house so I can join the magazine club. ;)

    Also, holes in the wall are terrifying. We’re just getting there like 5 1/2 years later. SCARYYYYYYYYYY.

    • Amber says:

      Girl you cray. We did make a magazine. It was a local thing about how clutter affects your sanity. They showed the house and subsequently my brain scans confirming the insanity.

  14. Sarah says:

    Design paralysis. Yes, indeed. I love what you have done so far. (And I might just have to get one of those restroom signs. So great!)

  15. Babysteps is perfectly fine ;) you have kids, one of them very small. I didn’t function at all at that time of my life.
    Your kitchen view looks perfect to me and I actually thought your shelves looked styled. Don’t be so hard on yourself ;)

    • Amber says:

      Haha thanks! I was surprised at how much I like our glasses up there. I was half expecting to have to buy new ones, but they look pretty good.

  16. I have the same problem. I over think things and never commit. It’s probably some undiscovered disease. I always want things to be perfect the first time I do them (fyi, they usually aren’t) so I wait forever to do it. But I love the honesty. It’s good to know the Wills are actually normal people, not some superhuman designer gods.

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