Sunday, March 23, 2014

House Decor Plans & Thoughts

Since we bought our house - okay, even before that - I have been obsessing over how our house would look, what we would fill it with and how pretty it would be. Thanks to HGTV, Pinterest and millions of blogs, there is just so much out there - and it is wonderful. But it is also extremely terrifying and intimidating.

I am an indecisive person by nature, and it's taken me a long time to even know my style in regards to clothes and accessories, let alone how I would decorate a house. I see a pair of jeans on someone, I want them. The exact pair, if I can manage it, or something very similar. Those earrings? Cute, where'd you get them? Tell me, now. Sometimes I can walk by something in a store, not bat an eye, and the next day I will see the same item on someone and somehow that helps me see the item better - and then want it. Does that make sense? It's hard for me to see a pair of jeans on a shelf or in a dressing room and see what they can be. That sounds silly, but it's true. So that's a huge reason why I buy things after I see them on other people. I'm trying to be better about that, because everyone is different and things that look amazing on a stranger might not look, or feel, amazing on me.

So how does an indecisive person decorate a house? I thought it would be so fun. I pinterest-ed for hours, created many boards, read all the blogs.. I am not quite sure of my style, I kind of know what I don't like, but then sometimes I change my mind. I tend to like more expensive things, though I absolutely cannot afford them - champagne taste on a beer budget and all that.

I'm getting to the point I promise. 

You know that laundry makeover post that's all over pinterest? Yeah, this one. I had seen it a bunch of times, pinned it and seen it pinned on all of my friends boards. I have opened the blog post before, had a look at the pictures but last night I actually read it. This particular little snippet had me intrigued:

read the full post here
It was like a light bulb moment. Wait, decorate my house with what I like? Not what's on pinterest? But what if my friends don't like it? What if the internet doesn't like it? Who cares? It's my house. Boom. Light bulb, mind blown, all of the epiphany related cliches. In my head.

Kelly talks more about it in this post. It seriously opened my eyes, in the most ridiculous way. Of course I should decorate my house the way I like it. Ahem, I mean ours and we.

Like I said, I am a pretty indecisive person, so I didn't suddenly know exactly how I want to decorate my house, or what kind of 'theme' or 'style' I was going for. I still look to pinterest and blogs for inspiration, and they are wonderful resources. But now I can look past something that I don't like, and be all I don't care whereas before I thought I should like all of the things just because everyone else did.

Some of the things I don't like, but was trying to convince myself I did?

White couches. Why are these everywhere? The more I saw them, the more I thought I wanted them. After reading Kelly's post I know better. I don't even like white towels, even though I read somewhere I should and now all we have are white towels. And I hate them. I cannot wait to get more, different coloured, any coloured, just coloured towels. How would I deal with couches? I don't want a slipcover I have to wash. No. That's fine for you, and they do look very nice, but it's just not for me and mine. 
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I think this is gorgeous. 
However, I know what I am like, and I just know it's not for me. 

Chevron. I don't mind it in small doses. But I don't like large amounts, and I don't like it in home decor - for my home.
found on pinterest with no link. if you know where it's from, holla!
That's a lot of chevron.  I think it looks pretty snazzy, and if you like it and can rock it, all of the power to you. It's too busy for me.

Stripes. I do not like them on the walls, on the floors, the furniture, no no no. But I love stripes on clothes. Like, I have an unhealthy amount of striped things in my closet. Weird.
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I love this blog. She's fabulous. I have learned so much from her blog, and found tons of inspiration.
If I were in her house, I would think this room was so pretty. I would ooh and ahh and feel so fancy if I slept here (it's her guest room, I'm not a creep) but again, its just not for me.


Chalkboard. Maybe it's because I am the least creative person in the world and writing on a chalkboard gives me the heeby jeebies and it always looked so bad when I was in school and had to do it, no matter how hard I tried to be neat.

But, how awesome is Jessica's chalkboard? On a scale from one to ten, I would say twenty.

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Burlap. Pallets. Shabby Chic. I am not even sure if Shabby Chic belongs in this category, but there you go. I think this style makes me think of 'country' and there is absolutely, one hundred percent, nothing wrong with that. I see some things on pinterest labeled 'shabby chic' and I do like them, kind of rustic and vintage, and very gorgeous. I applaud those who can pull it off, its just not me, not me, not me.

one from etsy / two and three no sources but if you know, let me know.


What do I like? I know, it doesn't seem like a lot, after that list.

Functional.

All those bookshelves on pinterest? You know, the ones without books. Or with books organized by colour. That's fabulous. For them. Would drive me batty. We recently bought some bookshelves, fancier than our previous $20 craigslist cardboard thing and I'm excited to fill them up. I want to put some cute little trinkets and stuff on there, but the main feature will be books. Because we have a lot of them, and we want to show them off. I applaud you if you like those bare bookshelves, or if you aren't a book hoarder like hubby & I.

Yesterday I was looking for living room layout ideas (stupid corner fireplace) and I kept seeing a recurring layout. 2 sofas opposite each other.. neither facing the TV. It bugged me. That would put a mighty crick in my neck if I were to watch TV. I don't know why it bugged me, because we are the least TV watching people I know (except in football season). We don't have cable, netflix or anything. But I still want my sofa facing the TV. Just cause.

Grey. All the grey.

Can I paint my entire house grey? Or is that against the rules? We just finished painting our living room with Glidden's 'Fossil Grey' and I love love it. It's really light, which I think really brightens the room up, and won't clash with any future grey furniture purchases (I am hoping to get a grey sofa / sectional).

Kelly actually suggests not to paint first (here), so I apparently screwed up but I don't care. I will keep that in mind for next time (really is a great idea) because I just couldn't handle the yellow any more, and I knew I wanted grey. Although, I think that's why I hate our master bedroom so much, so now instead of picking things to match the paint in there, I'm going to find something I love and then find paint and other things to match that.

But, it will most likely be grey. I love all the greys.
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I am just going to pause right here and point out the above picture. Whenever I think about how I want my master bedroom to look, this comes to mind. Like, the front of my mind with a blaring fog horn pointing out that I love every single thing about this room. That bedding. I want. Unfortunately it is far too expensive for my husband me to purchase. I have dreams about this bedding. Every single thing about this room is perfect, and if I could replicate it I would in a heartbeat. Maybe one day!


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know the source? i found on indulgy

Now really, can I paint my entire house grey? Someone tell me if that is okay.


White. I love all the white things. Just not towels or couches. Ha! Bookshelves, pitchers, frames, owls (I promise I liked owls before they were cool.. just ask my mum),  furniture.. I love the clean, crisp, brightness of white. I like how it contrasts with our (soon to have) dark floors and dark sofa. We have white kitchen cabinets, but they aren't the bright white you see all over pinterest, so I am hoping to update them soon.

from z gallerie. someone want to buy these for me? i want them, but ugh shipping.

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I absolutely love this room, as I have mentioned before. We got the exact same bookshelves after obsessing over this post and I can't wait to get them up and full of stuff!


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And I also like colour. Not a lot, it kind of overwhelms me and I eventually get tired of it. I  like pops of it all over the shop.

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Speaking of all over the shop, I have no theme in my 'style' Seriously. This stuff is hard.

This post was super long. I guess I just really wanted to put it out there that I am okay with not pleasing the internet, and decorating for myself (and my hubby, but unless I deck everything in pink he doesn't care). I just want my house to feel welcoming, warm and lived in. So that's my style. Lived in. Feel free to steal it!

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