An Estonian girl who has found a home in Sweden.

Wednesday, February 6

Take Time

February 06, 2013 Posted by Vaire , ,

I read interior design blogs for inspiration and tips. Sometimes what inspires me or strikes me is not actually interior design related. Like this:

This has been my software design philosophy for years. Sadly, not all my colleagues share it. I avoid "quick and dirty" like a plague and she thinks "it's better to get something out fast". I can do a mock-up to present to a customer pretty fast, but that doesn't mean that I'll stop there, nor call it anything but a mock-up.

Doing things right the first time is important to me, and in my experience, saves time. Fewer bugs in the code, fewer things that must be replaced, less money spent on doing things over. Things worth doing are worth doing properly, etc.

I hadn't realised, but it's the same principle I'm applying to the new flat. I want to get things right, and I'm willing to wait for the right thing to come along. I waited months for the right bed, and I count myself lucky that I found it so fast. That doesn't mean that I won't change my mind, nor that I won't make mistakes, but hopefully it means that I'll make fewer mistakes.

I'm also not afraid to redo something until it is right. Like buying three door mats, or rearranging the furniture, or rotating the lamps, or... Well, the door mat thing was because the first two didn't allow the door to open, so technically it wasn't that I changed my mind about them. I use all of them, and love all of them, just not exactly where I meant to use them when I bought them.

Balcony Chair

That floor lamp was wrong for that space, so I moved it into the kitchen (where it is needed because the ceiling socket doesn't work) and bought that 1920s lamp to have there. This old lamp feels right on that table, and it's going to be perfect with a completed shade.

Currently what's bugging me is this chair. It is wrong, it doesn't fit with the other furniture, and it bugs me. I am going to put something else in there as soon as it gets warm enough to move the chair meant for the balcony to the balcony, or when I find the right thing to put there. Whichever happens first.