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.
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:
I like this too:
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.
The kitchen also has a counter in dire need of stools. I love these.
I think I would also need to put this serving tray SOMEWHERE
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.
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.