Blank slates are hard

I have made quite a lot of design decisions in the last 6 years.

  1. To vault the ceilings
  2. Crown molding
  3.  Baseboards
  4. Kitchen counter tops
  5. A face lift of the front of the house
  6. Landscaping and re-landscaping
  7. Paint colors
  8. Flooring options
  9. Marble vs. everything else
  10. Where to put light switches
  11. Master closet layout

I have noticed that I always gravitate towards the same thing… A blank slate.  I love things that look simple and clean.  I ALWAYS thinks that it is more fun to add the fun accents in accessories instead of something more permanent.  It is this fear of commitment.  I can add fun personality with a big area rug, picture frames, curtains, etc. and if I hate them later it takes very little time to change them.

So what is the problem?

Blank spaces are hard to decorate.

This is going to sound weird, but I like decorating around a constraint.  I like finding the best way to make a space useful when you can’t change everything.  When you have a blank space, and it is a big space, it becomes tricky finding the right proportions.  You might be thinking that this sounds like a #firstworldproblem, and you are right.  This is a non-problem, problem.  But it drives me crazy!

This is my bedroom.


I have a confession to make.  We finished construction a year and a half ago, and it is still unfinished.  Sometimes there is one small decision that is holding up all of the rest of the decisions (the reason why it took me so long to start a blog).  My problem with this room is this BIG OL’ SPACE above the bed.  I don’t know what feels right.  Also, I need a HUGE rug.  Just to give you an idea about proportions, that is a king size bed and two dressers as end tables.  I need a minimum of a 10’x13′ size area rug.

I was leaning towards something like this above the bed, but I can’t find the right branch

.Hanging plants

Then I think that I have something pretty similar to that in Clay’s room.  Is it too much to have multiple branches with things hanging off?  I am leaning towards “it isn’t a problem”, but haven’t fully decided yet.

Clays Room

So in closing… BLANK SLATES ARE HARD, but I keep creating them over and over again.


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