Welcome to part three of the Makeover in a Month series with Leslie of My 100-Year-Old Home, Melissa of The Inspired Room, and KariAnne of Thistlewood Farms. Just as it sounds, we’re each giving one room a makeover in a month! I’ve been working on adding more layers and detail to my home office. It hasn’t been a total overhaul, but building on what was already there to make it a bit more interesting. I started by adding 2/3-height paneling and slipcovering my desk chair and now I’m hanging this charming blue and white wallpaper above the paneling.
If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I had a bit of a decorating meltdown over this decision. I wasn’t crying over a pint of ice cream or anything, but I became paralyzed when I second-guessed myself. Should I paint the paneling a color? Is white too boring and predictable? Would the wallpaper be too much? I just sat in my chair and stared at the walls, poured over paint decks, and went back and forth in my own mind about what to do.
I was putting way too much pressure on myself to get things done while I had the help of my parents. I was also dealing with decision and project fatigue. We had been working on projects daily and I just hit a wall. So, we got out of the house, I took a step back and then approached the room with a fresh perspective. Since I was feeling pressure about time, I went ahead and ordered the paper. If I decided to hang it, my mom would be there to help. If I didn’t, then I could probably use it in another room or for wrapping paper for a few years. I only needed three rolls of paper, so it wasn’t a big gamble.
The day after I ordered the blue and white wallpaper, I told my mom that I knew I was going to hang it. It’s what I wanted to do right from the start and I just needed to work through a little doubt as a part of the process.
It arrived at about 10:00 am a few days later and by late afternoon, the paper was on the walls.
Because we were papering such a small amount of wall, the process went fast. What took the most time was moving all of the books off of my bookcase yet again!
The wallpaper adds a Swedish vibe that I really love. It feels custom and very much “me.” I’ve been using that phrase a lot lately and I think that’s what decorating a house is all about. It’s not about making it pretty or trendy. It’s about making it “you” and that might be quirky and unique and/or completely not-trendy.
Next week is the big reveal of our rooms and I can’t wait to show you all of the details of this vintage-inspired home office makeover…