I’m not a horrible interior designer but I’m certainly not the best. I spend far too much time looking at room designs and websites like Design Sponge wishing I could close my eyes and somehow magically turn them into reality inside my own home. For someone who believes everything has a place, having a room incomplete is torture. We’ve lived in our house for more than two years and we still have rooms that are lacking. Take for instance our kitchen bar that lacks those four legged furniture pieces that allow you to actually sit and eat at the bar. I know furnishing an entire home takes time and money and I try to remain patient. I just really desire some specific instructions and direction on how to pull everything together since many of my grand design schemes have failed miserably.
Chase has told me for years that I’m an impulsive buyer. Write this one down in the history books – he’s right. When we first moved into our house I found a desk from Ikea that I just had to have. We eventually found the exact desk on Craigslist, only in a different color. Not only did I make Chase buy it, but I made him hand paint it red. Many hours and a few Goo Gone washes later, I had the desk I had begged for sitting pretty inside our office. At the time it was perfect. But after we upgraded from a 1990’s desktop computer to a new Mac laptop, the desk no longer served the same purpose. The huge red ornament in the office became an eyesore to me and frustrated me every time I looked at it. I immediately wanted to get rid of it. As the desk’s fate would have it, we sold it on Craigslist to a happy woman who wanted to use it for her 4 year old son. The fact that the desk would be used by a child only supported my theory that it didn’t belong in a hip, modern-wannabe office. My brilliant ahead-of-the-curve office design still hasn’t transpired and it currently rests in bits and pieces of ideas gone array.
Our guest bedroom is floating along in the same boat as our office. They’re just floundering around in an open sea full of color combinations and bookmarked do-it-yourself ideas. They’re destined to sink. All of my design ideas have sounded so convincing in my own mind but not so much once I’ve put them into action. Chase tries so hard to support me and even at times offers ideas much better than anything I’ve come up with. Unfortunately he isn’t consistent and periodically tries to convince me that a Kurt Cobain picture or Texas flag would look really nice hanging on our walls. I’m a super star when it comes to designing tablescapes, centerpieces and wedding receptions. I’m a burned out star when it comes to designing my personal space. I need help.
Through the wonderful world of Facebook and mutual friends, I discovered that Studio 13 is having a contest in which one lucky follower will win a date with a professional designer. Since the contest is random and I’ve never been the luckiest at winning prizes by chance, I’m passing this information along to you so you can join in on the fun. Want an example of what an unlucky winner I am? It was “Project Graduation” and I was flying high because I had just graduated high school. Fellow graduates were winning all kinds of amazing prizes like computers, cold hard cash, trips and even a car. What did I win? A deer spotlight.
If you want to be cool like me and enter the contest, simply visit Studio 13’s blog and follow the instructions. The contest is so simple that even my dog Scottie could complete it if he would just join the movement and get a Facebook account. I might suggest that to him over dinner tonight since we reside in the same house and the win would benefit us both.