Because sometimes you end up at Target Returns with three lampshades and a cow head mount. Yep, that was me yesterday.
See, over the last few weeks I’ve visited several houses that have stirred within me a desire for change in my home. I want my home to be a sanctuary of rest and renewal as well as a think-tank for creativity. I love lamps and I want to have them on when I’m here, reflecting off the walls in just the right way, but I don’t think I would have realized it if I hadn’t gone to the final house that caused me to take action. My house will never look like Liz’s, but it was by basking in her decorating prowess that I decided I really needed a change.
I’ve had this sea-ish shade of blue in my living room since we moved in. The previous owners left the drapes and I just followed suit with their colors.
But I’m tired of this blue and would be just fine never seeing it again. So, I swiftly came home and removed all four 54×95 panels and threw them into the hall closet. They are dead to me –may as well have been burned. I will note that 54×95 panels are rarely sold in stores. They are extra-long and usually have to be ordered online.
About a year ago, I did some curtain transitioning around the house and remembered I had a set of Target Classic faux taupe curtains in the closet. 54×95, to be sure, but I only had two panels. I’m not kidding when I say I’ve searched out every corner of the internet for the other two panels to make a complete set of four. Target is “Threshold” now. “Classic” is so 10 years ago. But, on a whim, I glanced on eBay and found one single panel in the right length! All 95 inches of material were there so I immediately bid. On one panel! I reasoned maybe another random panel would surface somewhere in the continental US at some point within the next year, maybe. I bid and then had the wild idea of messaging the seller to ask if she happened to have another. And, holy cow head, she did. As we speak, they are in the hands of USPS, heading to my doorstep.
Hot off this find and the inspiration of my friend’s decorating and home creativity (gifts not bestowed upon me), I perused my home with new vision. Not long after that I returned home from a Target spree with a few new purchases. I was going for outdoorsy, but hip and classic, as if that exists. I hung a huge cow head above our bed and received an immediate nod of disapproval from both my husband and mother, to whom I was live-tweeting every change. The lampshades didn’t work and one was damaged anyway. Almost everything I purchased went straight back to my car to be returned.
In the end I moved around rugs and pictures, completely changing the color palate of several rooms and I ended up keeping only a single lampshade, marked 70% off!
That evening, I plopped down on the couch and laughed to myself, realizing I already had everything I needed right here; I just needed new perspective. How Dorothy of me!
I love the way my house looks now. I feel like my favorite pieces are showcased and enjoyed as I roam my halls.
For two curtain panels and a lampshade totaling less than $40 bucks, I have a completely new look. I probably should have taken before and after pictures, but I’m not trying to attract business and I really don’t enjoy decorating as much as, say, editing words.
My life is overflowing with talented friends. Some of them are painters, seamstresses or decorators, all with talent I will never acquire in this life. But I think we have to focus on our talents. Sure, we explore other areas – I have a whole collection of pastels I drew in college and I had a brief affair with crocheting – but God crafts us each with specific gifts. And I confess there is nothing like operating in those. I like to write and clean up other people’s words. Copy editing sounds painful to some people, but I get almost giddy thinking about it. Then again, picking an accent color sounds like torture to me! So while my house is readjusted to my liking, I think I will stick with rearranging words from here on out.