When we first moved to Raleigh, as thrilled as I was to get my hands on a new space to decorate, I promised myself I wouldn’t buy anything new for the apartment because–fingers crossed–we’d only be in it a year before finding a home. Well my friends, patience is definitely not one of my virtues.
We’ve hit the sixth month mark and living in an unfinished (un-started would be more accurate) space has been killing me. I’ve been determined to keep my eye on the prize (a whole house to decorate!) but my resolve is slipping. Working from home in disarray while pulling together beautiful schemes for clients seems all too ironic (and mildly embarrassing!) The cobbler’s children have no shoes.
I’m a big believer in the power of our surroundings to affect our moods and mindset, and as I’ve been watching the market and starting to worry it may take us longer than six months to find our perfect home I’ve decided to compromise. No major purchases (i.e I’m still dealing with the cheapo sofa we had to build in our DC apartment to get a full size past a tight corner) but I am going to zhush up our bedroom so we have one finished space with the thought that it will transition to a guest bedroom in our future home.
I mentioned last week that I picked up a big painting of an original textile design in Dallas and that has been the catalyst for our bedroom design. The background of the above photo is the painting (very Paule Marrot, right?) and the fabrics are some favorites I’ve always wanted to use but haven’t had the occasion to. After six months of living without nightstands (I do not recommend) I had a vintage pair lacquered in Benjamin Moore’s Newburg Green–coincidentally before I bought the painting–so I’m glad they work!