I pretty quickly had a good idea of the vibe I wanted our new house to have. But sometimes your house speaks to you and I think it's important to listen. In a way I think I did this in our last house- I tried to tap into the more restrained side of my style to better fit into our 1940's cottage. But it was a rental, and alas, when I OWN my house I will do all the things I've ever loved and wanted for my home. As we are 4 (!) months into living in this house, I can say one of the best lessons I have learned is that just because you love it doesn't mean it is right for you (SO true, with EVERYTHING. Forreal.) Case in point- we love black houses. Every house we looked at we envisioned painting it black. But after living in this house, and a crude photoshop rendering, I knew that would absolutely be the wrong choice for this house. But that's a whole other post :)
So we recently ran into this problem again. I've been having trouble with our master since we moved in. It always felt like it was missing something and I couldn't put my finger on it. I changed things and purchased things and then wondered if I should just start from scratch. So while I was scouting out some new bedding, I sat down with Clint and had him look through my bedroom Pinterest board and point out what he liked. (This is one of my favorite things to do by the way. You can learn so much about a person.) Anyway, we quickly realized that 99% of my pins were these window-clad, bright & airy bedrooms, and that is NOT what we have (Denial.) And that is not something you can fake. So he picked his favorite pins, which were actually rooms I LOVE, but I always breezed over because they were literally the only pins that weren't bright and airy. But now that I'm looking at our room as what it is instead of what I thought I wanted it to be, I can see that a warmer, moodier, bit-more-masculine room might be just what it's been asking for. Sometimes it's so good to take a step back with a little objectivity.
Now my main concern is making sure it is cohesive with the rest of our bright and airy house (ha), but I'm excited to try something new, and even more excited that it's something that Clint and I schemed up together. Who knows if it will be the magical solution I'm hoping for, but it feels so good to be moving forward.