I hope nobody reads this blog and thinks my home is perfect. Because it’s not.
Or that I make all the right decorating decisions the first time. Because I don’t.
But I do like to share when I figure out how to make the best decision the first time (like my paint color picking tips), which typically happens from other experiences gone wrong. I’m also committed to sharing about when I make mistakes.
And this is one of those times.
This was one of the costliest home decisions we have ever made. It was summer and was pre-Dave Ramsey life. We decided we wanted furniture for our front living room since we would have family coming to visit soon. I picked out what I liked on the Ikea website- the Ektorp series. Well we got there and something happened. We didn’t like it. It seemed too small? So we made the decision to purchase another series (the Kivik) that was muuuuch (11″) bigger (especially for a small-ish room). And not really our style. And a lot more expensive.
Impulsive purchases are typically not good ones.
Did I mention we paid with credit card- while I was not working and finishing school? Ugh.
We planned to get the missing sofa sleeper but finally came to our senses and realized we couldn’t afford it. And actually when we considered paying cash for it several months later, I found that they no longer made the sofa sleeper.
Which was truly a blessing.
So we evaluated the situation. We now have an enormous sofa that we are not crazy about. And we can’t get a matching sofa sleeper like we wanted so it could function as a second guest room.
How about going back to the original plan?
We woefully sold the sofa on Craig’s List for a fraction of the cost of what we paid for it but were happy. With this cash and some Christmas bonus money, we were able to pay- in cash- for the Ektorp series like we originally wanted.
The moral of the story: Don’t buy things (especially expensive things) to decorate your home impulsively. Especially when you don’t have room dimensions. Or the money.
It worked out, but we ended up paying WAY more for the set we should’ve gotten originally since we sold the first sofa for so much less than we paid. But, the room looks fabulous now and we are happy. And committed to not making that mistake again.
Do you have any stories like this in your life? Do you have any wisdom to share? I would love to hear it- I want to avoid more stupid decisions in the future!