Hindsight is 20/20! I would love to share with you 6 of the design regrets I have for our living room space, to help you think through your own design decisions!
When I share my design regrets (like I did for our kitchen space) it is not to say I dislike or am ungrateful for our home! We have just designed and built a pole barn home by ourselves from the ground up. We are extremely proud of ourselves and love our home, but there are certainly lessons we’ve had to learn and things we wished we would have done differently now that we’ve lived with the home for 3+ years.
I hope it is enlightening to you as you may find yourself with the opportunity to make similar design decisions.
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DESIGN REGRET #1: OBSTRUCTING OUR MAIN WINDOW
We have the most incredible valley view out our main window! We installed the biggest window we fathomed we could put in the space, but our regret is that we opted for a double opening window and top grids.
That leaves a lot of seams, plastic bars and lines that obstruct our beautiful view.
This is a hard thing to swap out and remedy, since it is structural. We wish all the time we would have just installed a large window without grids or even opening mechanisms. We never open it anyway, and the trade off for a clear view would have been well worth the swap.
DESIGN REGRET #2: MUDROOM POSITIONED THROUGH THE LIVING ROOM
We tried to make the best use of space as we designed it, trying to create an open flow and floor plan.
For some reason, I didn’t think that would be that big of a problem for my kids to walk a way to put their shoes and coats away.
It was a huge problem! There were shoes and coats always flopped on the floor making the biggest mess in our living space.
Luckily, we have found a way to remedy this and have simply framed in under our large wrap around porch and are now constructing a nice storage room with cabinets, mudroom and an office for me! It’s going to be amazing and I’m excited to share more of that with you.
We regret not doing this in the first place!
DESIGN REGRET #3: UNCOMFORTABLE FURNITURE
As I mentioned in my Living Room Space Reveal, I fell in love with Sixpenny furniture because of their 100% linen slipcovers. I saved my pennies and waited a long time to get them.
They are beyond beautiful, but they are unfortunately pretty uncomfortable.
I regret not choosing furniture that I had the chance to sit in first or could find enough reviews to where I felt confident they would be beautiful AND comfortable for my family.
DESIGN REGRET #4: SCRATCHY RUG
Our main rug is quite the beauty . . . but I regret I made another choice that wasn’t quite practical enough for our family.
I adore the colors and design in this 100% wool rug, but my kids always complain about how scratchy it is. If the time comes I will make the effort to ensure it is comfy, beautiful and I would prefer a 9 x 12 instead of an 8 x 10 for this space. A little more forethought goes a long way!
DESIGN REGRET #5: TOO OPEN FLOOR PLAN
Our living room, kitchen and hallway are all very open! I felt when I designed it that we would embrace the pole barn vibe and keep it very open.
One great thing is that I always know where the kiddos are and we are VERY close knit. However, because of the tall 12 foot ceilings and open floor plan (and 4 kids), it can be pretty loud!
I find myself craving a more cozy, room to room separation where spaces can be more defined.I’ll definitely keep that in mind, should we ever have the opportunity to build or find another home.
DESIGN REGRET #6: FAUX FIREPLACE
We were rushed and making last minute decisions when it came time to decide whether our fireplace should be faux, gas or a real wood burning stove.
For the sake of ease and time (for 2 very stressed parents building a home), we opted to close it up, and just put in the electric possibilities. Now we regret we didn’t take a little more time to make it possible to use the fireplace as an alternative heat source.
I hope by sharing these design regrets, you have felt more enlightened to make similar decisions!
Let me know if this was helpful – but no need to tell me I’m ungrateful for my home. (wink)
I am most grateful and love our home and am excited about the hands on design education I got while embarking on this adventure!
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