So, I have a little bit of Decorating ADD. I think you all knew this already. I think I knew this already, but wasn’t quite ready to admit it to myself. But it’s true. Sometimes it’s for practical reasons (can’t afford the next step, can’t logistically do the next step, can’t physically/mentally do the next step, don’t have the skills for the next step). But sometimes it’s just, you know, “OOooh, SHINY!” (This blog is called Cottage Magpie for a reason, people.)
Case in point, my recent obsession with the once-again-large family room (and the new-to-me iron daybed I got to put in it (and the Bohemian quilt I made to put on that)). I mean, yes, it was the right thing to do, and yes, it was a good evolution in our space to open it back up, etc. etc. etc.., but really, I need to not start another project right now. I need to not have half-done rooms all over the house. I mean, really.
So, I have decided to be disciplined and sensible and finish all the rooms I’ve started and not finished before I do the family room. Which, for the record, is most of them. I do reserve the right to do the occasional fun small project just to keep the motivation going, YKWIM? But with that exception, I am going to try and stick to each room until it is all the way done. (I mean, as much as “all the way” is a thing.)
First up? My studio. You remember the studio? The last thing I shared was the salon wall I did back in February. It’s really my living room, but I’ve commandeered it for crafting, sewing and visiting with crafting & sewing friends. The main sewing area is on that back wall.
Just to the right is the fireplace I told you about last fall:
And then opposite of that is the sitting area and the entryway, which is really just part of the living room, but I sort of think of as a separate space:
The room has been through lots of iterations, but I think this is the one that will stay. The room gets used every day, and that is the best thing I could hope for. Plus, I have a space I can share my passion for sewing with my friends, and that is the bestest best thing I could hope for.
Now it’s time to actually finish all the projects so that I can feel good about being in the room, and good about moving on to other things. Onward!
So — here’s question. If you were me, which area would you do first?
- The last touch-ups on the sewing wall: the bookcases are still only half painted, and I want to tweak the details a bit
- The fireplace: plaster and a mantel like the one I shared in the previous fireplace post.
- The sitting area: slipcovers (Eeek! Scary!) pillows, more quilts, trim on the windows, plaster, wainscoting, oh and painting the table.
- The entryway: plaster on the walls, wainscoting, trim around doors, maybe even new doors (maybe??), painting my old cabinet there and of course some art on the walls.
Leave your vote in the comments!
Meanwhile, I have to know. Are you a naturally focused person, or do you skip from thing to thing? And, is there a project you’re avoiding right now?