How do you know when to quit?

For a while now, I have put the brakes on decorating and redecorating the cottage. Like  most decorators, I am of the mindset ….. it’s never done. I could continue with the process of making changes regularly or I could say “that’s it”.

I chose “that’s it!”     I’m going to say it’s done and focus time,  energy, and money  on other things.


(new paint color for front door. The boring white is gone.)


Before below…Yikes…

Since this picture…..replacement windows have been installed,(thanks to window world) shutters fixed and painted (thanks to the Mr.) new light fixture installed ( again thanks to the Mr.) ….mail box and railing  painted black (thanks to me) and front door painted (thanks to me also) What an improvement!!!Didn’t realize how bad is was  until I revisited this  old before picture.

Let’s go inside.

So when to you know when to quit? Let’s do a checklist

  1. Paint was a must. The inside of the cottage  had not been painted in years….I mean many years. You could see the imprint of pictures that use to hang on the wall.
  2. Furniture. We furnished 2 bedrooms, a dining room, living room, TV room and kitchen. Sounds like a lot of furniture. Some of the furniture was bought at yard sales, thrift shops and consignment shops. The two beds are new. Have you ever shopped Big Lots for furniture? Great prices on Sealy Mattresses. There’s my tip of the day. I also ordered a few sale items from Wayfair. These items will be used at the other house when we move back. My plan is to sell other pieces with the cottage or have a yard sale. We have a year to decide.
  3. Rugs. Rugs were needed to cover the old hardwood floors.  These 4 rugs were not expensive at all. They are neutral colors. I will be selling these at the end of the adventure.
  4. Window treatments. I resisted the urge to show off the new replacement windows and keep the windows uncovered. Privacy issues and keeping the heat out in the summer and cold in the winter made window treatments a necessity. All the windows needed 95 inch drapes.  As you know that can bankrupt a budget. The bedrooms had to have blinds and drapes. I used drapes I had in the TV room (3 windows), master bedroom (1 window)  and Dining room (2 windows). I caught a sale at Hobby Lobby to cover the 3 windows in the living room.  The guest bedroom has 3 windows and I found drapes at TJ Maxx that were the right color and price.
  5. Wall d├ęcor and accessories. This is where it gets tricky.  You have to know when to stop. These are the things that bring the personality , but it can be overdone.


When you think the room needs one more thing….it really doesn’t. When a room isn’t coming together and we can’t figure out  why…….. don’t think adding one more thing will pull it together. Sometimes it’s taking away that solves the problem.

Don’t overcrowd a room with too much furniture or accessories.


I was bringing house accessories to the cottage and taking them back the next week until I was second guessing myself on everything .  

Some of the things I was using just needed to be donated to charity. I wasted so much time trying to make it work and knowing it never would. I’m stubborn and cheap that way.


Do I love everything about the cottage now? Emphatically NO.

There are some things I would like to change, but know I won’t or can’t.  I am at a decorating place where it feels like home. The cottage will be our weekday home for another year. And I’m OK with how it looks and feels.





I will be doing holiday decorating, and other than that……it’s done!!