The Girls' Room.

I have a problem when it comes to decorating the cozy brick house: I obsess over the details + I can't commit. I search online for the perfect chairs and let them sit in my virtual shopping cart for 3 weeks while I decide if they're really the right ones. I buy prints that go unframed for...ever? I make a decision. Then I second guess myself. I get distracted by life, other projects, stuff.  Do you do the same? Please... someone out there, please say you do the same!

It's time for a change. I'm tired of living in a half decorated space + I have a game plan. I know I promised a couple of weeks ago to reveal my craft room but another project has more priority right now. It's the girls' room. Abigail and Audrey begged and pleaded to move their room. They wanted to sleep closer to the boys which meant my old craft  room would become their new space. They've been in their new (completely undecorated!) room for months. I'm ashamed.

Here are some changes we've made so far:
-Abby chose a soft blue paint color and Ryan promptly painted.
-We organized the dresser, dejunked the bookcase and donated the old decor.
-We ditched the girls' separate beds and opted to have them share a queen.

We're keeping the old furniture. I plan to replace the hardware on the dresser and hopefully snag a nightstand on Craigslist that can be painted an accent color. This means all there is to buy is bedding and accessories. I've already purchased some favorite things and have even had a few of them tucked away for awhile. I plan on sharing those with you soon. Maybe later today or tomorrow? Until then, I'd love to know how you go about decorating. Do you do it slowly over time or tackle it all at once? Do you decorate room by room? Going room by room is helping me stay focused right now but I'm all ears. I'm really interested in how other people do this.


  1. Hey Danyelle, you are not alone! My decorating tendencies mimic yours! I have so many ideas I can never quite commit to one, and then when I finally decide, it seems to go on the back burner for far too long!! I love to wait until I have all the elements ready before I begin so that I can see the space transform in a short space of time (of course it never quite happens like that!)

    Before Belle (now almost 8 months!) was born I bought a bunch of fabric to give her room a little makeover - I have only just started one of the projects this week... and I am still deliberating as to which furniture to add to the mix. Ugh... plus we have so much still to do to our house that I constantly find myself pulled from one direction to the next, depending on what's got me frustrated... for example at the moment I am wanting to fix up some office space for my husband and I... oh, I could go on... I think you've opened a can of worms! By the way, I love the idea of your girls sharing a bed... I think I might give that a try with my little ones! Looking forward to seeing the rest of your plans! H xo

  2. i have home commitment-phobia too. i've had the same list of "to dos" for oh. .. three years now. I buy little things here and there, and every once in a while I'll take the plunge and just buy a big piece. but usually I can't commit because I feel like there's always the possibility of finding "something better". it's so frustrating and something I really need to start changing.

  3. yeah, pretty sure that is my exact approach to decorating. which stinks because I have to decorate (and paint, uhg) the whole house right now. it is going very slowly! we still don't have chairs around our new table because I can't commit. or i make a decision and then J-P vetoes it:) oh well. good luck to you!

  4. I am the same way! We've been living in our home just over a year and there are 3 pieces of furniture that I just can't commit to! I'm shopping mainly on craigslist and every time something I like comes up, I wait too long to buy it...then it's another LONG period of time before something else comes up...our living room is still 1/2 done because of this...and, no pictures are on the walls because I don't want to have to re-do it all when I actually get the REAL furniture...sigh. Sometimes, I wish I were one of those people who could just buy things from a Pottery Barn catalog and call it a day...

  5. Man... I moved almost 5 years ago and just about the ONLY thing I've done to my bedroom is paint it and buy a new comforter. I have literally NOTHING on my walls except a small cross over the door!

    I'm wondering how you made the decision to go with one big bed. Did the girls want that? Was it just better in the space?

  6. Danyelle, I am the same way!! It is so good to know there are others out there too ;) I have about a dozen items in my etsy shopping cart right now, and some home goods in my anthropologie cart, haha. Just sitting there. While I second guess myself. Then the items become unavailable and I think, "I should have bought them!" I totally buy prints with the intention of putting them up, and then they never go up.

    All the thoughts and ideas of decorating are kind of overwhelming to me, just because there are so many possibilities .. I always felt I could never be an interior designer because I get too overwhelmed by it ;) Right now we are trying to decide what to paint our downstairs area. I think it is just going to come to a point where I need to just do it, because it's been too long and I'm tired of and this uninspiring place I'm living in!

    Well, good luck with your girls room! I'm sure whatever you do will be wonderful, can't wait to see how it turns out!

  7. Oh Danyelle I do the exact same thing! We have been in our house for 8 months now and I am ALMOST finished with our bedroom which I started working on about a week after we moved in!

    While I do like to decorate room by room I find that it still helps to have a general game plan rather than buying up everything all at once. A game plan allows you to find totally rad and unexpected things (like when a certain someone introduces you to a website like Houzz). I tried making a mood board for our bedroom but it quickly morphed into something I didn't really want when I was forced to sit and put something together all at once. Does that make sense?

    Can't wait to see what you do with the girls' room my dear. :)

  8. I am quite possibly the world's worst and slowest decorator. Who am I kidding? My house is not decorated in the slightest. You've seen it. ;)

    The entire thing just completely overwhelms me to the point that I just don't do it at all. Another problem I have is that I don't really have a "style", per say. All I know is that I like clean and simple. Other than that, I'm at a loss when it comes to all of it.

    If I ever do get my decorating act together, I think I would do it room by room. That just seems to be what would work best for me.

    I love your home and I have no doubt Abby and Audrey's room will be beautiful. I can't wait to see what you've done!

  9. yes!! I can totally relate! I am halted in projects all the time becaouse of perfectionism!! I'm working on it, but right now I have many unfinished projects! The biggest one being a family room turned kitchen nook, turned family room again with a huge sectional sofa sitting in there right now and misc. furniture sitting in the middle of the living room for a week now!
    Yup... I totally understand!!

  10. Danyelle,

    Every few years I make a laundry list room by room of what I want to do with the house. That way if some amazing thing becomes available I can make sure it is really likely I'll use it because it fits in my "plan". (I HATE wasting money on things I don't wind up needing.) Otherwise I go room by room and I tend to start with the smallest, easiest or cheapest room that way I can get the job done and it helps build momentum.

  11. I'm a tackle it all at once (and quickly) kind of girl. I'm obsessive like that...if a project has been started, it must be finished :)

  12. Ha ha...apparently my sister has been on my computer - that comment was from me, Lisa, not Jennifer :)

  13. Sometimes I'm like that, like when I look for inspiration for home decorations. After getting and applying it to our house I just don't like it anymore. You are not alone, I think we need a little adjustment, I guess. By the way, I love the simplicity of that room. Good luck, bet you will do wonderful on that.

  14. Life is too short to be indecisive. Trust your instinct, because you are brilliant! Besides life is made for change (and your girls WILL change a LOT in the coming years as will the trends.) I laugh at some of the things I used to like and will probably gasp at what I have now, except it is mostly memory filled hand me downs which make change difficult.

  15. I love that they are going to share a bed. Recently we moved all four girls into the master bedroom. (They are growing up and are going to need the bathroom and closet space!) We put two queen beds in there for them to share. I love that they are together. They have so much fun!


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