1. The Looks-Great, Feels-Uncomfortable Piece Of Furniture
The decor world equivalent of the Stiletto heel: Beautiful, but so impractical. It ultimately taught you that no matter how good-looking something is, if you can’t sit/walk/relax on it, it’s not for you.
2. The Too-Trendy Piece
It looked amazing in the shop window. And in the magazine. But in your house? It clashed with your favourite pieces and looked strange. Since then you only focus on trends that feel like you.
3. The Wall Colour You Didn’t Test…
And It Promptly Looked Completely Off. There’s nothing like painting an entire room moss green….before realising that it doesn’t look right with your lighting and wall texture, plus it looks nothing like it did in the can. Now, you paint a swatch before any further commitments.
4. The “Dream Lifestyle” Buy
The oversized table when you never actually entertain. Or the wall-sized TV when really all you want to do in your living room is read, or stream Neflix on your computer. After this, you buy for the lifestyle you have, not the one you think you might have one day.
5. The Quick Fix
Maybe at the time you were more fixated on spending on a holiday rather than a new chair. But when your cheap chair breaks a year later…you’ll realise in the long run, it’s cheaper to buy the best you can afford.
6. The Too-Complicated Organisation System
“Bills go in the green folder, unopened mail in the blue drawer, casual stationery on the middle shelf…and best stationery on the top shelf?” If it was too hard to remember, it is probably time for you to downgrade. We applaud you for doing what’s right for you.
7. The Un-Researched Plant
Similar to the too-trendy piece, this plant looked great…but floundered at your place. Now you take stock of the lighting and space conditions you have to offer before heading to the nursery.
8. The Disastrous DIY
“But it looked so good on Pinterest…” And now you know if you’re not crafty, it’s time to go to the experts.
9. The Cliché Art
It got you used to the idea of having something special on your wall but made you realize how important it is to make that piece meaningful.
10. The High-Maintenance Piece
Wine stains, coffee spills, puppies chew, plants mark things – you weren’t realistic about the way you live. You now realise there’s no point choosing white or cream fabrics that don’t suit your lifestyle. You weigh all the things you love (chocolate, red wine) against your purchase. Or now you know not to even try…or if you’re the type who doesn’t mind being extra-careful (or spending the extra time cleaning.)