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Style, or, rather, my lack of it

In my great effort to Avoid, I've been staring glassy-eyed at my computer screen, bookmarking Thing after Thing after Thing that I think would look pretty in my new house. It's a pointless endeavor, as we're not going to have any money after we buy the house, but it IS satisfying in a soulless way. At the very least it's helping me figure out what I LIKE. 

I can tell you what I don't like: pretty much everything in the Pottery Barn catalog. Oh, I wouldn't turn it DOWN, but most of it's too... I don't know. See, I don't even know the WORDS. Some of it's too froofy, some of it's too ornate, some of it's too MUCH. I like Crate and Barrel, but you can go overboard with modern, until it looks too uncomfortable for living. 

I don't like beige and taupe and cream and golden browns. I don't like dark kitchens. I don't like it when everything matches perfectly. I like bright colors, but not necessarily on walls. I love almost everything in Pottery Barn KIDS.

I like white, clean, fresh, bright. I like almost all shades of blue. I wish appliances came in other colors besides white, black, and silver. I like glass and mirrors and European ceramics. I like the colors and clean lines of modern furniture, but I don't like stainless steel and plasticky surfaces and things that look too hard to sit on. I don't like gargantuan pieces of furniture - unless they are gargantuan sectional couches. Like this one.

Sofa

This would totally fit in my living room. Especially if we take a sledgehammer to the column-of-fireplace sitting a few feet away from the back wall. We are PROBABLY going to do this. Gak.

The living room is painted a minty fresh pistachio green which I cannot abide, and the rest of the living space seems to have a vaguely greenish tint as well. I'd LOVE to post pictures for you, but I'm undecided on the proper level of House Exposure just yet. Maybe later? Anyway, I will also be looking into bids on painting the upstairs (at least the green living room) a soft greyish blue, maybe like this one. Or a VERY pale yellow, preferably the yellow I painted in the kids' room in the townhouse, which I LOVED. I think I would prefer that yellow in bedrooms. Of course I forget what it's called. Good thing I told Elizabeth long ago and she keeps a whole binder on these things. 

I would put these pillows on my new couch:

Pillows

I like this too:

Lamp

 

The new house has a little square of hardwood-floored space off the kitchen. The current owners have two tiny couches and a TV there, but I think it's the perfect spot for a breakfast table (and where the kids can eat most of their meals so I'm not constantly picking noodles out of the carpet in the dining room.) I LOVE this table and chair set.

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The kitchen also has a counter in dire need of stools. I love these

Stools

 I think I would also need to put this serving tray SOMEWHERE

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Also, I don't think there's ANY overhead lighting in this house. Which is fine by me, but we'll have to buy a lot of floor lamps. I like this one.

Lamp2

Gosh, I love spending unlimited imaginary money! And this stuff is way more fun that things we'll actually have to buy, like a LAWNMOWER. 

Comments

Carrie

Also a huge fan of blue and pretty much drooled on my computer at that pillow and blue lamp. So pretty!

I'm living for the day when we move to a new place and I get to leave all of Daniel's ugly bachelor furniture behind. Shall live vicariously through you until then :)

Elsha

I love the pillow and the lamp, which is sort of funny because it's nothing like the stuff we have in our house. And I love the stuff we have in our house.

kirida

Oooh I love the pillow and the lamp. And I love blue. So please continue my vicarious living through your design fantasies.

HereWeGoAJen

Based on these pictures, I have decided that I will allow you to decorate my house. I also like almost all shades of blue.

Christiana

I'm a huge fan of blue (my bedroom walls are a gorgeous muted cornflower blue right now, and my old bedroom was cobalt blue) and I love that lamp and those throw pillows. LOVE that couch, but there is no room in my living room for a sectional. Sigh. But I've done a lot of greens in my living room and I LOVE it. I have a hunter green couch right now, which I love (well, I love when my 3 yr old isn't spilling crumbs all over it which makes it feel rather uncomfy to sit upon.)

Heather

I love that pillow. Though it wouldn't go with anything in my house. I too love spending imaginary money, there is nothing better, besides spending real money, but that always leads to guilt so I will just stick with the non-real stuff.

Redbecca

I heart that pillow! I can't convince my husband of the need for pillows on our love seats. Granted, they are small and usually covered with toys so there is barely room to sit, let alone any pillows.
Anyway, was really typing to say that we did yellow in our living room/dining/hallway and it turned out really well. It is on the north (dark) end of the house and it has chair rail running the entire thing (including down the hallway to all the bedrooms) and has no good stopping point. We did two tones of yellow, actually only about 2 shades apart. It works really well to brighten up the dark side of the house and the shades aren't too bright or too eggy, if you catch my drift (You never feel like you're living inside an omelet) and it contrasts beautifully with blue couches, curtains, etc. We used a navy rug with some beiges and a bare touch of rust to help anchor the colors and not make it feel like a baby's room (perhaps the large fireplace and china cabinet help dispel that feeling, too).
Oh, and when we bought our place it had wall to wall sea-foam green carpet. We thought the walls were also pale green until we pulled out all the carpet and it turned out it was just the color reflecting up onto the walls. yuk.

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This whole bit, except for the part about non white/black/silver appliances: "I don't like beige and taupe and cream and golden browns. I don't like dark kitchens. I don't like it when everything matches perfectly. I like bright colors, but not necessarily on walls. I love almost everything in Pottery Barn KIDS. I like white, clean, fresh, bright. I like almost all shades of blue. I wish appliances came in other colors besides white, black, and silver. I like glass and mirrors and European ceramics. I like the colors and clean lines of modern furniture, but I don't like stainless steel and plasticky surfaces and things that look too hard to sit on. I don't like gargantuan pieces of furniture - unless they are gargantuan sectional couches"

YES. I agree. And I never thought I could be in love with a serving tray, but I am in love with that blue serving tray. LOVE. And the pillow? Oh, how I wish that pillow could live in my house. (You know, the high-ceilinged, multi-windowed house in my imagination.)

The Sojourner

I wish appliances came in other colors besides white, black, and silver.

*innocently enthusiastic* But they DO! For instance, I spent approximately half my life in a house with Harvest Gold appliances!

*serious* I hate stainless steel. I don't know why, it just looks so industrial. I wish this were like The Sims and I could get a pastel blue refrigerator.

Now I'm going to start imagining how I'd decorate my house way far off in the future when Scott and I can finally afford to buy one. And buy furniture in a style other than Whatever They Had For Free On Craigslist.

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I love everything in that house especially the pillow and the lamp, even the dinning table.Now I'm inspired to decorate my own place. Good work!

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