Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Embracing the ugly (Learning to live with a non-perfect world)

We moved into my house almost 2 years ago. I love my house. Mostly. But somewhere down the line, the previous owners went a little wallpaper crazy. Our upstairs has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a hallway. When we moved in, the soon-to-be office was painted two shades of pink. So we tackled that right away before my husband moved his stuff in.

The rest of the upstairs is as follows:
Nursery - was originally a green snakeskin wallpaper. We pulled that down and painted it a light blue.
CJ's room (both boys will eventually be in this room together) - a 90s verson of burgandy and hunter green striped wall paper
Main bathroom - black wall paper with bright flowers all over it
hall way - beige and white floral wall paper
master bedroom - mint green and white striped wall paper
master bathroom - yellow floral wall paper.

Are you getting the idea? Yikes! So far, the only room that we have tackled was the nursery. This is the easiest room to tackle, because there was no one in it at the time.

The master bedroom will probably be the last one we do. Because really, who sees it other than us?

So, this is what the wall paper is like:

not so terrible. But wait - it gets better. Because, if you don't love the color - then you are totally overwhelmed - check out the carpet:

 (the tan is the hallway - the green is our room)

And, to make matters worse, we had this as a comforter set in soft gold (a wedding gift from before we had the house). And it clashed. it really really clashed.

So, sometimes, you just have to embrace the ugly in your life, and make decisions that you don't love. So while I was shopping last weekend, I came across a comforter cover. A mint-green and tan comforter cover. I don't love it. I would never choose it. But it doesn't clash. So, I made peace with the decision and went for it. I wish i had a before picture so you could see how horrible the gold looked.

This is the comforter I found. (and no, this is not what it looks like in my room - this is from the package).

Did you just spit out your coffee at the price? Don't worry. I'm not that crazy.

I have the checkered underside showing, but may play around with it over time, and see about having the up-side showing. I have plans to help tone-down the stripes, because I really don't think that will get changed any time soon. And even if it does, there will still be mint-green carpet in there until we have a carpet-overhaul. Which is not going to happen until after the boys are a little bit older.

So here is my final "in progress" picture. Where I no longer cringe when I walk in the room, even if I don't love it.

The shams are left over from an old bed set. They don't match exactly, but they do the trick. Here is them up-close.

So what about you? Have you ever made a compromise on buying something you didn't like, just because it works better with your non-perfect world? 




  1. I think we have a matching yellow comforter in our closet!! Great minds think alike, eh? :)

    1. I know! I was kind of over the gold anyway - but man it really clashed! I should have taken a before picture, but i was just so excited to cover it up! I look forward to the day we get a real bedset, and have matching night stands and furniture instead of a hybrid set of what Cedric and I each had separately.