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Display Name: little7elf
Member Since: 10/27/12

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Wedding registries are so helpful! I also especially like when there are some big ticket items on there (yup, $300 items) because many times, when I've been a bridesmaid, we all pooled together and got the bride one of her big ticket items. That made the wedding gift affordable and we know that when she uses her, say kitchen-aid mixer, she'll think of us :) I think registering for gifts at all different price points gives people lots of options and is generally appreciated. Also, no one is ever obligated to buy from the registry or even give a gift, for that matter. Do what you want but don't hate on a couple trying to make life easier for their family and friends who want to give a gift that the bride and groom actually use.


Redefine the Registry: Setting Up a Modern Home Amazon
6/5/14 02:20 PM

Where to start! I agree with a previous poster that living with boxes is very different (and much more stressful) than not having a space decorated to reflect one's personality. Any empty space can be calm by being clean even though every surface may be begging for life.
After 4 years of saving and penny pinching, we FINALLY renovated a small kitchen. We initially thought to do it ourselves but quickly realized the trade off of time versus cost and mental sanity. We also felt that having a kitchen we could cook in sooner would save us by not eating out. We were lucky to find a very affordable, competent, and trustworthy contractor but that in itself took years of asking around for references.
Waiting 4 years to remodel a deteriorating kitchen was truly a blessing in disguise because I was undoubtably sure about every design decision that I made. Although I labored over the plans and nitpicked every detail (which can be exhausting), I can say that it was fully worth it in the end.
The decorating process wasn't actually too painstaking after the reno because over the course of the 4 years, I had very slowly and deliberately collected items that I truly loved. My possessions been edited down several times and now only the items actually worthy to me have a permanent place.
Yes, I'm a slow, intentional, and deliberate decorator. I am prone to buyer's remorse so I have to be able to justify even small purchases and while I am incredibly inspired by designers who can create curated looks on the fly, I have to wonder how much functionality can truly be supported by their impeccable aesthetics.
Oh, I'm also a cheapo who values quality which I think requires patience, but that's a sacrifice I'm willing to make since it's a rare combination to fulfill.


Embracing Patience: Slow Decorating
10/27/12 01:47 PM