I once helped a sweet couple who were working on a down-to-studs remodel on their 1913 home. They were in the store to select — wait for it — 52 light fixtures!
I sat down and talked to them over their plans, and we did very well. They had done a little pre-shopping on our website, but wanted to see everything in person. Four hours later (with a half hour break for lunch), they were all done.
But when we went back and double-checked that every room was accounted for, we had missed two hallways and a laundry room.
A look of panic swept over them. They stared at each other with mute horror.
Very gently, I said, “Can I make some recommendations?”
The color came back to their cheeks. “Please.”
Remodels, be it a single room or a whole house, involve a million little decisions. By the time you’ve moved past the groundwork choices, like replacing trim on your sink and using the right primer, you can feel totally exhausted when you get to the FUN decisions.
There is a point where you hit Critical Choice-Making Mass. You have made so many important and different decisions that you are incapbable of any sort of meaningful thought process.
The important thing is to pace yourself if you can, so that it doesn’t all pile on top of you.
The other trick is to be aware when you’ve hit that point, and ask for help. Call that crafty friend who understands style better than you do; stop by one of our stores and talk to us. You’re not alone in your decision making.
And you’ll never be happy if you just pick something to get it over with. In the years to come, when you’re living in your space, you’re going to notice all those not quite details that everyone else misses.
Take a deep breath. Ask for help. You’re almost there!