Decorating Truth No. 4: If You Love Something Enough, You'll Figure Out How To Make It Work.


Bradford Shellhammer, the Founder and CEO of Bezar, is a perfect example of someone who has created a space that reflects his unique personality. Nailed it! (Photographed by Winnie Au, Image via Refinery29)

This week we're addressing 5 Decorating Truths to Help You Create a Home That Screams "YOU", all in an effort to build your confidence in creating a home that reflects your individuality, and killer sense of style.


Today, we’re expanding on Truth No. 4...

If you love something enough, you’ll figure out how to make it work.


You’ve been there, you’re boppin’ along, minding your own business, maybe you’re making some sort of to-do list in your head, when your eye spots something amazing and your whole body stops to take notice.

This happens to me regularly at antique shows. For every ten so-so booths, there’s one mind-blowing one that calls my name, and pulls me in like a force of nature.

My guy, Tim, likes to try to keep me on track by following the show map to ensure that I don’t miss anything. But, in this moment, where I’ve made eye contact with a vintage lamp that speaks to me, I veer way off track, and leave him in my dust.

I get it in my hand, and my mind starts doubting my heart. I’m concerned because it’s pricier than I’d hoped. I wonder if I’ll be able to find the perfect shade fabric to pair with it. My brain invents reasons not to buy it.

On the occasions that I’ve listened to my brain, and left that lamp behind, more often than not, I’ve regretted it.

But, when I’ve gone with my gut, taken the leap, and purchased it, it’s always been the right choice.

The fabric selection became more of a challenge, giving me a deeper sense of accomplishment when I found the right one. The price became a non-issue because I was able to find a buyer to who saw the same value in it that I did.

I know this has happened to you. You’ve stumbled upon something that pulls you in, lights you up, and gets your blood pumping. Then you start to doubt yourself.

  • You wonder if the colours will work with the rest of your room.
  • You wonder if it’s too “out there” for you.
  • You wonder if it’s too big, or too small, too modern, or too traditional.

You find reasons to talk yourself out of it. But these reasons aren’t legit. The truth is, if you love it that much, you’ll find a way to make it work.

Perhaps it serves as a jumping off point for an offbeat colour scheme that you’d never considered until now, but that looks amazing. Perhaps you feel empowered, brave, and impressed with yourself for taking a risk and opting for the “out there” choice. Perhaps you discover that your true style is neither modern, nor traditional, but instead eclectic.

The bottom line? When you love something enough, you make it work, and you’ll feel a deeper connection to the piece itself, and your space as a whole, because you did.



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