As we all know, owning a home is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because for the most part we feel safe, rest easy, and enjoy making the space our own. We rest most comfortably in a place that is filled with things we love: a place that is nurtured and coaxed into its evolution. In those moments our house becomes the blessing of a “home.” And what a blessing… that is, until the projects come, and come, and keep. on. coming. Oh the curse of one project just streaming itself into the next. “Well, while I’m at it I might as well _____________!” I for one, cannot rest until I put my finger on the thing that I will love. I found myself feeling some serious buyer’s remorse about a few items I purchased early in my designing adventures. Stick by this and you’re golden:
If you do not love it, do not buy it.
We have a library that needed some major love when we moved in, and I looked for almost a year for the perfect chandelier. I wanted vintage, and I wanted spectacular. I was originally inspired by this beauty in Rome while on my honeymoon in Italia. I stood open-mouthed for a while.
But after realizing how much Venetian glass will run me, I decided to go to my main man Craig to get the job done. He and his list are just about my favorite website. And, I visit him on a daily basis. I am a huge advocate of recycling and restoring lost treasures. Craigslist is the very best place to do that. I have cities of far-away friends on my radar as well because I know I could call on a buddy to do a quick pick up for me if I find that perfect side board, or set of wing backs, or vintage lantern, for example…
I would encourage you to practice your highest level of patience when designing your home. You will never regret waiting for the perfect piece. I almost landed a pair of incredible, cane back club chairs with some fantastic tufting… but I was not there fast enough. But I digress… so, my library.
The Library Before:
The Library After:
Chandelier and Medallion: $150
Professional Restoration by Expert Lamp Repair: $285
Has anyone else found a fab prize on Craigslist? Please share and leave us a comment!
*Italian Chandelier via Albergo del Senato website found here.