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While shopping over the weekend for some (ridiculously overpriced) bar stools, we were told by a salesman that the bar stools in question were welded together so they would "last forever." I'm all for quality construction of furniture...but my husband and I later remarked that we weren't sure we WANTED something that would last forever. Our tastes will change over time, and we are both perfectly aware and accepting of the fact that in 10 years we might want something new. I want something that will hold up to daily use- for awhile. But I don't necessarily feel like every item that I bring into my home needs to be an "investment" piece- because in all honestly lots of the stuff that we have bought with the intention of keeping forever are things that we are kind of sick of.
Even though I know that my tastes change pretty regularly, I still agonize over each and every purchase, over each photo that I put into a frame, over each hole that I put in a wall. Every choice in décor that I make- I wonder if it's the right one...but in reality, what the worst that could happen?
We'd live with it for awhile, and then change it.
Sometimes the only way to know if something is "right" is to try it out. Our house is full of rooms, I'm confident that almost anything that I bring into this house I could find a way to make it work SOMEWHERE.
Sometimes we just need to give ourselves permission to take a risk and try something new. Go for a bold pattern that might be "trendy" but you love at the moment. Repaint a room without a full plan for how it will work out. Swap out some pictures hanging on your walls for more recent family photos, or a piece of artwork that you took a risk to create yourself.
Don't let fear hold you back of creating a space that you love. Nothing in design is permanent.
Except 80s wallpaper. I'm starting to think that ours might be.
Please rethink your risk if it involves wallpaper. I'm begging you.