On the weekend I read an article by Elle Décor saying these are the home trends you should get rid of in 2017. While reading the post, I thought about my homeware purchase regrets because sometimes my eagerness with a trend, doesn’t always meet my expectations once I’ve taken it home.
I’m quite partial to a trend and will jump on board if I like it.
When we got our pendant lights installed in copper I KNEW copper would no longer be on trend. And I kid you not, I read an interiors article that said, ‘Get all copper out of your home, replace it with brass!’ Thankfully we didn’t buy our lights to follow a trend. We bought them because we liked them and felt they were the right colour to add warmth to our open plan dining and living area.
Interior styles and homewares fascinate me. I love reading interiors blogs that show a clever DIY homeware project or offer the latest décor trends available to purchase. I do like change – but I can’t always afford it.
Sometimes when I I’ve had money to burn, I’ve jumped onto the trend and bought into it, only to find myself disappointed because it doesn’t meet my expectations or I just simply no longer like it.
I thought I’d share some of these homeware purchase regrets with you.
1. Linen Sheets
A number of bloggers shared how they LOVED their linen sheets. I’ve never been a fan of linen – even when I wear it. It creases so much and I have often classed it as the fabric for older women. I did change my mind when Bohemian Traders brought out some linen dresses. But when it came to quilt covers and sheets, I wasn’t convinced. Until I read a few blogs that shared how amazing linen sheets were to sleep in and that a few major bed linen retailers had sales on them. I thought I’d tread the linen sheet water and bought a $200 set of linen sheets and, neither Jacob or I like them. Compared to our soft 1000 thread count, hotel grade white sheets, linen sheets feel like sandpaper. Despite having had them for a year or two now, they haven’t got softer. You also don’t get that cool sensation when you get into bed for the first time either. We’ve stuck with our linen sheets because how can you return them when you’ve slept in them?! But I definitely learned my lesson in this and will only buy good quality cotton sheets in future.
2. Kmart Homewares
There are so many memes about Kmart. A lot of people admit they can’t get enough of Kmart homewares and I did at one stage jump in on the craze… until I had a shelf full of no longer trendy cheap homewares that I no longer liked. I rarely go to the homewares section in Kmart now. There are only so many fake plants and vases a house should own. The minimalist movement has certainly changed my opinion on homeware purchases. I much prefer to buy unique pieces that no one will have rather than mass produced items. I still have a few Kmart pieces on display, but I recently donated a whole heap of homewares to a charity because all they were doing was gathering dust.
3. DIY Home Décor Projects
I will give DIY a go, but most times, the project doesn’t always turn out the way I had thought it would in my head. My Kmart Hack pom pom cushions are in desperate need of being replaced as the trimming has started to thread away and Jacob never liked them in the first place. He doesn’t understand my pom pom obsession. I’ve even sometimes spent more money on the DIY project, than what it could have cost me to have the item already made.
I have never been able to master the art of styling a tray in our house. Every time I attempt to create a vignette or some sort of table display with a tray, it looks less than ordinary. Rather than give them away, I now use these as grazing platters to take to friends houses for dinner get-togethers.