Are you considering any ambitious home renovation projects? The Okanagan Regional Library can help. (Black Press file photo)

Are you considering any ambitious home renovation projects? The Okanagan Regional Library can help. (Black Press file photo)

COLUMN: Redecorate your home with help from the library

Plenty of resources in place for home decoration projects

The computer is on, coffee is at my side, phone is in hand and credit card is out.

The websites are up: Ikea, Amazon, Wayfair, Marketplace and more.

It is time to begin The Home Redecoration Project.

If those words cause your anxiety levels to rise, then we are kindred spirits.

It all seems like fun and games as the online search begins, but COVID-19 has made this process more difficult.

READ ALSO: Developments add to Summerland’s housing supply

READ ALSO: Canadian housing prices fastest rising in the world

Brick and mortar stores are a challenge to get to, making online resources the desired option.

Day one flies by and excitement mounts.

Day six rolls around as things appear to come together.

Then, things start to shift and it’s clear, I am in over my head because by day 23 the eyes and mind are a blur, and by day 30 the nightmares start to creep in.

The pent-up rage begins to show, the online obsession has taken its hold and the once calm project reveals its monster form.

I realize this is a bleak picture I paint, and there is always good along with the bad, but as I redecorate my home, frustration seems to prevail.

My husband and I moved last November, which meant time to refresh our space.

What we didn’t count on were the challenges we would face in this new virtual world of ordering.

Society has shifted, and this can take some adjustment.

You order things without ever seeing them, except for a picture online. Companies cancel half the orders you make due to stock shortages or price jumps.

Shipping is sporadic, if at all and then when an item finally arrives it looks nothing like what you thought you ordered from the picture.

Although, it’s not all bad and there are positives to online ordering. Everything is brought right to your door, no need to drive to the store.

There a a treasure trove of used gems just waiting to be found, no salespeople pressuring you to make impulse purchases and if it all gets to be too much, you just turn off the computer, walk away and fill up your coffee cup.

When you start a redecoration project, planning and research can be what bring the creativity and inspiration out.

For example, I had no idea I even liked minimalistic design until we read Cozy Minimalist Home, by Myquillyn Smith.

We also grabbed some popular homemaking magazines like Style at Home, House and Home and House Beautiful.

Once we got into the stacks, we couldn’t contain ourselves. The books on redecorating were unending with unique styles to fit everyone’s taste.

Though the journey has been grueling, it has also brought us newness and life.

If you think, maybe it’s time to redecorate, then be prepared.

It may bring you peace, joy, even a little fun, but it may also take you on a rocky road.

Whichever way your path leads or whatever rollercoaster of emotions you experience take solace in the glory of the marvelous space you create.

As for our story, though dramatic, much was learned and there is a happy ending in sight.

Carly Tanasichuk is an assistant community librarian at the Summerland Library.

To report a typo, email:
news@summerlandreview.com
.



news@summerlandreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Columnist

Just Posted

Doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine are seen being prepared on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in Decatur, Ga. Hundreds of children, ages 12 to 15, received the Pfizer vaccine at the DeKalb Pediatric Center, just days after it was approved for use within their age group. (AP Photo/Ron Harris)
One death, 60 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

The death is connected to the outbreak at Spring Valley long-term care in Kelowna

The first Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine dose in Canada is prepared at The Michener Institute in Toronto on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
One death, 39 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

There are 484 active cases of the virus in the region currently

The Princeton Food Bank will eventually be located on First Street in the former United Church 
building. (Spotlight photo)
Princeton’s food bank to get new downtown home

Baptist church acquires former United church building

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
65 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

Overall, B.C. is seeing a decrease in COVID-19 cases

FILE - In this April 19, 2021, file photo, Keidy Ventura, 17, receives her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in West New York, N.J. States across the country are dramatically scaling back their COVID-19 vaccine orders as interest in the shots wanes, putting the goal of herd immunity further out of reach. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
5 more deaths, 131 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health over the weekend

Those 18-years and older in high-transmission neighbourhoods can register for the vaccine

Prince Rupert was one of the first B.C. communities targeted for mass vaccination after a steep rise in infections. Grey area marks community-wide vaccine distribution. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. tracks big drop in COVID-19 infections after vaccination

Prince Rupert, Indigenous communities show improvement

Municipal governments around B.C. have emergency authority to conduct meetings online, use mail voting and spend reserve funds on operation expenses. (Penticton Western News)
Online council meetings, mail-in voting option to be extended in B.C.

Proposed law makes municipal COVID-19 exceptions permanent

A nurse prepares a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Kelowna on Tuesday, March 16. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press)
British Columbians aged 20+ can book for vaccine Saturday, those 18+ on Sunday

‘We are also actively working to to incorporate the ages 12 to 17 into our immunization program’

The Maritime Kitchen Party is featured in the B-Side, the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre’s online series, May 13-16. (VDPAC photo)
B-Side keeps Okanagan musicians in Focus

Performing Arts Centre online concerts continue

The AstraZeneca-Oxford University vaccine. (AP/Eranga Jayawardena)
2nd person in B.C. diagnosed with rare blood clotting after AstraZeneca vaccine

The man, in his 40s, is currently receiving care at a hospital in the Fraser Health region

The. B.C. Court of Appeal granted a retrial to former Vernon man William Schneider, convicted of second-degree murder in the 2016 death of Japanese exchange student Natsumi Kogawa. The trial is set to begin May 24, 2022. (Vancouver Police Department photo)
Retrial date set for former Okanagan man’s murder conviction

William Schneider’s trial, connected to the death of Natsumi Kogawa, is set for May 2022

Brian Peach rescues ducklings from a storm drain in Smithers May 12. (Lauren L’Orsa video screen shot)
VIDEO: Smithers neighbours rescue ducklings from storm drain

Momma and babies made it safely back to the creek that runs behind Turner Way

Signage for ICBC, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, is shown in Victoria, B.C., on February 6, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
$150 refunds issued to eligible customers following ICBC’s switch to ‘enhanced care’

Savings amassed from the insurance policy change will lead to one-time rebates for close to 4 million customers

Police investigate a fatal 2011 shooting in a strip mall across from Central City Shopping Centre, which was deemed a gang hit. The Mayor’s Gang Task Force zeroed in on ways to reduce gang involvement and activity. (File photo)
COVID-19 could be a cause in public nature of B.C. gang violence: expert

Martin Bouchard says the pandemic has changed people’s routines and they aren’t getting out of their homes often, which could play a role in the brazen nature of shootings

Most Read