Last weekend Erika stopped by my house for a last minute Room Service planning session. At the end of the grand tour (and after seeing my garage which is packed to the brim), she turned to me and said--"You have no excuse. You have so much stuff, your house should be finished by now."
Kelly Wearstler's 10,00 sq. ft furniture warehouse via So Haute
And that's probably true. But like I told her, as someone who is always scouting thrift stores and flea markets for buried treasure, it's hard to commit to something when you know your next great find is only days away. As I've said times over, I only buy things that I really love, so every piece is special and waiting for the perfect place to shine in its full glory. My goal is to have a home that's at least 80% filled with secondhand items, since reusing is something I firmly believe in. I'm not against buying retail (especially for special accent pieces), but there's nothing like finding an old vintage throwaway with great bones and making it my own. Case in point? Lamps. I am quickly becoming a vintage lamp hoarder. I'm always buying lamps (even though I already have a solid stash) because there's something about a vintage lamp I just can't turn away from. Check my latest finds:
I got a pair of each, purchased for 50% off. The 60s lamps with the wooden necks are in great condition, and the white and silver lamps are super sleek and modern. I'm already using some ceramic egg lamps in my bedroom, but I'm now debating about switching those out for these white ones. See what I mean? It's hard to commit! And then there's the bamboo chairs I bought on Craigslist last year (for a ridiculous price):
When I found them, I swore the search for my dining room chairs was over. I bought the paint to refinish them and ordered the bolt of fabric to recover them, but I've since seen others I love and am now wondering if I should really commit to these. How can I ever finish anything with this anxiety on my mind?? This, of course, got me to thinking--can you really have too much of a good thing? And before you jump on the bandwagon, let me just say that I know I can't be the only one with this problem. My garage is FULL of fabulous finds but I can't bring myself to seal the deal, because I know something even more amazing is right on my horizon.
Anyhow, I'd love to hear your thoughts. Weigh in below and tell me if I'm just passionate or plain ol' crazy....