Take A Risk Day

Lately we’ve been talking about allowing ourselves to take risks in our home.  On some levels, they aren’t really even risks, I mean, how risky is it to paint a wall the wrong color?  You only lose $25, two and a half hours and you learn what color doesn’t work.  And if it does work? VICTORY! Very low risk.  But, all of us need practice to feel better about taking a risk. My favorite things in my home are all results of taking a risk, and the things that didn’t work out were also results of risk.  Having the things I love were worth having some things that didn’t turn out.  I bet you would agree with that.

Colleen from Red Door Abode talked about how she was done with postponing risk with this chair:

She said:

I thought today was the day. I was going to just get after it with that old chair. I accepted that it may not work out and I also accepted that I may be pleasantly surprised.

Oh I think we all are pleasantly surprised!  She did this chair with NO SEWING~find out more at her blog.

Colleen was willing to waste time on a chair that many of us would pass up.


  • start small and pick a project that won’t take much time
  • don’t invest too much money
  • don’t force perfection
  • be open to changes and new ideas during the process

And risks don’t have to be projects, maybe for you a risk is finally moving the sofa to the other wall to see how it looks.  Maybe a risk is going to Home Goods and purchasing 4 new pillows in bold colors, leaving the tags on and putting them on the sofa simply to see if one of those colors works.  Only you know what is risky for you in your home.

Next TUESDAY, March 22nd is National Take A Risk in Your Home Day.  Actually, it’s not but I’m going to declare it anyway.  I’m going to host a RISK linky party and you are going to share your risk.  This is not a project link up for the cutest project you did in the past year.  Nope.  This needs to be something you did now, like this week.  A new, risky for you thing.  It can be a project, something you purchase that you have been putting off, something you get rid of, maybe you simply make a nail hole in your wall.  YOU DECIDE.  And it doesn’t have to turn out, maybe you show us the risk you took but didn’t like it.  That’s ok too.  The purpose is for us to get in the habit of taking little risks in our home.  I’m so glad that my friend Saul from DaySpring encouraged me to take a risk and have a risk linky party.  Sometimes when you need to take a risk, it’s helpful to have a friend around as well, as long as it’s a friend familiar with risk, be careful though, more often than not, you friend is afraid of risk too. Unless your friend is my sister who is all about the RISK.

what risky thing are you thinking about doing this week in your home?

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  1. i just ripped my safe white flowy curtains down…in my living room. I want to funkify it up a little…well a lot. i’m swimming through my fabric stash to see what i can come up with. i love living on the edge!

  2. This weekend I’m going to tackle covering that 4′ x 4′ ottoman with a giraffe print fabric. A perfect complement to my new dressing room . . . inspiring for fashion, right? Right? :)

  3. Hi, I was visiting Beautifully Imperfect who mentioned your Take a Risk Day. It couldn’t have come at a better time! There are a couple of things I’ve been wanting to do, but just haven’t had the courage to do yet. My risk might be multifaceted. I haven’t decided yet, but I will be sure to link up on Tuesday.

  4. Can’t wait for Tuesday, as I just took a huge risk!! :)

  5. We moved into a new house last November and the foyer, hallway, stairs and up into the second floor is painted with maroon and cream stripes. Ever since we moved in I have been daydreaming of how to paint over those stripes. I’m a little bit terrified, because painting over red can be daunting AND it is such a large space that I really don’t want to choose the wrong color. I bought three paint samples last week and I was way off the mark with all three. I am hoping to just go for it and get it done thanks to this dare to be RISKY!

  6. At the risk of sounding like I’m promoting my own blog….I wanted to tell you how much this post inspired me and made me think about how I’ve taken (or not!) risks in my life. And where I could take more risk.
    Thanks for the inspiring thoughts.

  7. these posts make me adore you even more.

    it’s like i have a friend {you} by me when i’m spray painting a funky color or drilling a nail in the wall cheering me on.

    i’ve never had that before. it’s kind of nice to have you as an invisible friend. ;)

  8. Yes, yes, yes!! Not only do we believe firmly in decorating risks…but also in pursuing life’s passions RISK! Life is too short to not live it fully. At the end of the day, what’s the worst that could happen? You hate the shade of green or you fail at your new leap. You can always paint over the green, and can pick yourself up off the ground and leap again! The only real danger is that RISK can be addicting…just sayin’.
    (love this post)

  9. Love the blue planter in the top picture! What is the colour of spray paint you used? Would love to try it on a planter of mine at home!

  10. Do you know where I can find a fun felt wreath like you show in teh first picure? Or even steps on how to DIY. It is so fun!

  11. This post was well-timed for me. I was at Target tonight and saw a cute rug – on clearance even – and spent far too long hemming and hawing over whether or not I should spend the astronomical sum of $7.48. I finally decided to take a risk (and how much of a risk is it when you can leave the tags on and return it?), brought it home and I LOVE it.

  12. I think this is such a fun idea! I’m mentioning it on my blog today. Thanks! Have a great weekend! :)

  13. We just completed a staircase remodel / upgrade. The final “icing on the cake” took place this week – I had a leopard print carpet stair runner installed!!! Yes – a huge design risk that I stressed over for months while waiting for installation – but oh so glad I went for it. I LOVE IT!!! Before and after pics can be seen on my blog (www.chosenelements.blogspot.com)

  14. Whew! I’m crazy, but I love taking risks! Can’t wait to participate! :)

  15. We just painted our living room and dining room with an aqua/teal and lime green…and we are thrilled!!! Way beyond our former comfort level of beige!! Not that there’s anything wrong with beige. :)
    Thanks for putting this out there, girl!

  16. I bought a (painted black & distressed) dresser last week from Craigs list while dh was away on a fishing trip. Moved the (very small) entertainment center out and put it in it’s place. Still need to decide whether to hinge the top drawer fronts for electronic componets or to remove the top drawers completely. But so far, I am loving it.

  17. We are redoing our kitchen — painting our old 50s knotty pine off white, installing soapstone countertops and wide plank white oak floors to match the adjacent dining area, and putting in a beautiful Provence Blue La Cornue Cornufe range. We were looking for an accent color for the soffits and I started putting up various dish towels and plates. Similar kitchens often show with a soft yellow upper wall or soffit. We loved the look of ORANGE next to the blue so we will be painting the soffit tangerine (like the color of Fiestaware) and we may paint the adjacent hallways a very light peach. Might be looking for Basque stripe fabric for the valances. Will put out dish towels with citrus fruit patterns; can always put fruit in a bowl.

  18. Are you the person who said “It doesn’t have to be perfect?” Because if you are, I need to know, since I quote you all. the. time. Hearing that really set me free to take many, many risks, including starting a blog! And many of my DIY home projects! Now I can say where I first heard it!!!

  19. I am catching up on your old posts…and I just love this one! Thanks a bunch! I will be using these ideas for sure. Love your relaxed attitude, makes for a much happier home.

  20. So I’m way behind the eight-ball on this challenge, but I’ve been thinking about risk-taking since your post, way back when, even though it feels like March was last week. While I’m always in the midst of some small risk in my house, the biggest risk, or leap of faith I just took was starting my own blog. I’ve been inspired by your blog and several others for the last few months now, and thought I should bite the bullet and go out on a limb (shameless plug as it’s the name of my blog) and give it a shot. Thanks for the challenge. I hope you’ll take a look as I move forward in blogland and learn the ropes, especially the technical ones!

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