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   Posted 2/13/2010 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Since Chutzie is at the beach for the weekend I will throw one out there for you.
As a lot of you know my house drives me crazy, I hate that I don't have the energy to keep up with things. I have always loved playing amateur decorator and have been looking for inspiration to get me going around here. So the question of the day is, do you have a decorating style or are you the kind that puts whatever in a room and don't even think about style??? If you do have a style please share.
I moved from 100 yr old big two story house to modern ranch style and find the things I had in the old house don't go with the new house so I'm trying to figure out what style I want in the new house. Well we have lived here going on five yrs so it's not all that new but I've been slow at decorating.
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   Posted 2/13/2010 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I love to decorate, though you wouldn't know it if you came to my house. I don't have the money to decorate the way I want to, so things are just here and there without much style. And besides that, my couch and loveseat are interesting looking, so it is hard to think of a style to go with them. We got the couch and loveseat from my FIL. Honestly, I think they are pretty ugly, but they are oh so comfortable. I sleep on the couch every night because my bed is too hard. But, anyways. I love to decorate. If I won the lottery, I could really do some beautiful things.
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   Posted 2/13/2010 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Marlee,

Great topic!!!

I myself like older things. And oddities. So my house has antiques and stuff like sweet grass, smudge wands, and wierd things hanging on the walls, along with a few of my paintings.

I have no flare for decorating, I just put what looks cool. One wall is full of photos of the grandkids. Another has my paintings on it. My furniture matches thanks to SIL and BIL. They gave us their Lazyboy furniture which is two recliners and a love seat. The love seat is taken over by the dog, but that is okay. Also they gave us a nice coffee table and end table. All oak, and oh so heavy. But looks nice.

I have a hutch filled with unmatched old antique plates, bowls and cream pictures. Plus a few cool glasses. So a decorator I am not, but I have interesting things to look at.

Hope that you are having a great painfree and energetic day.

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   Posted 2/13/2010 7:51 AM (GMT -7)   
We have lived in the same house for 22 years and that's the longest I have ever lived anywhere my entire life.
My dh is a retired carpenter and used to build any piece of furniture I could mention.  So I have so many hand-made things.  We have a simple country look and I love it.  Everything he builds me is out of oak.  He has built our entertainment center, amoire desk (sp), dressing table, night stand, fireplace mantle and even our bed with the high back.  He also has built an oak rocking horse, spinning wheel, churn, deacon's bench and numerous other things.  He even makes me the home interior items that I put on the walls.  The last few years his health has really gone bad and it's been some time since he felt like going to his workshop, but I still cherish all the things that he built that makes our home.
You know, since I've sit here and typed this, I realize how precious he really is.  I have a tendancy to take things for granted.  I am blessed beyond measure.
Marlee, thanks for this thread.  You always come through.
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   Posted 2/13/2010 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   
We had traditional decor for years and years. When we retired and moved, I was ready for something more sleek and with less detail to dust and take care of. I got rid of all but my most sentimental knick-knacks and switched to a more transitional/contemporary style. Our home is much smaller, and has an open floor plan, so I'm loving the clean lines and open space of this. It fits this phase of my life for me.

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   Posted 2/13/2010 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I have an eclectic, exotic style. Eclectic because not much matches. Exotic because my family room is Moroccan and my bedroom is Hawaiian. The rest is just bright. Unfortunately most of it is filthy because I can't clean, my DH is gone most of the week and I can't afford a housekeeper. Diane
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   Posted 2/13/2010 12:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Marlee,

I guess the only way to describe my style is "comfortable". My living room is made up of mostly Ikea furniture - soft comfy couches, country-ish tables and lamps, but everything very inviting to just sit, relax and chat.

My husband and I bought our condo just over a year ago, knowing we would need to do major renovations over time. Unfortunately, due to many different circumstances, we haven't been able to start much yet, so right now, the place still has most of it's original 1970's decor - ugly linoleum, faux marble bath counters, and hideous paint. We see the potential though and have lots of ideas on what to do, but it's a matter of money right now.

I'm not a "natural" decorator, so I pick up lots of magazines and books from the library to find styles I like. I enjoy it, but I have to work at creating that style.

Good question...thanks for asking that!

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   Posted 2/13/2010 1:13 PM (GMT -7)   
We moved into this house over 3 years ago.  The kitchen cabinets are from the 70's & are a peppercorn greenish color, the bottoms are sort of rough, the uppers are in better shape.  When we moved here I did the kitchen in country Italian & those old cabinets go perfect.  We painted one wall  a sage green & found a big painting of a Italian street cafe.  Under the painting is a little pub table w/ 4 chairs & a candle that I got from a craft bazar. It's as if we are on that street when we sit there.   The container that the candle is in is beautiful & goes perfect. I don't have a lot of money for decorating but I pray & ask God for just a drop of His creativity!   He provides!

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   Posted 2/13/2010 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a beat-up mobile home that's 30 years old. I've done my bedroom in Lilo & Stitch, my bathroom in Wall-E, my
living room in Pirates of the Carribean, the kitchen in Cars, my grandaughter's room in Tinkerbell, and the second bathroom
in Avatar. Kind of different.

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   Posted 2/14/2010 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your input girls. Where my niece lives there is some ritzy neighborhoods, we are talking a half million and up houses, and the "in" thing to do is set the furniture you no longer want on the curb for anyone that wants it and it is unbelievable what these people throw out. My great niece has furnished her apartment with great fines. It's great that they recycle. We recycle furniture in our family all the time. If anyone has anything to get rid of you start calling family members to see if anyone needs it and if not usually one of DH's employees does. I have a set of dishes coming from one of my DILs that I have loved every since she got them and she is getting tired of them. I gave a set a dishes to another DIL that I no longer wanted. So Sassy if people do this where you live get up early in the mornings and check the rich neighborhoods. The more wood that is recycled the fewer trees cut down.
Shannon, we went to DIL's parents for middle granddaughter's 13th birthday, on the 13th, yesterday and her dad makes furniture and he has made some beautiful pieces. Things that their family will cherish forever.
Lettuce, I like the tuscan look in my kitchen and dining room wine and grapes. We don't drink but I use wine to decorate with.
Our family room is western to honor my DH's home of Montana. Youngest son told me last night he had gotten some horse shoes for me. We have some beautiful pictures that we have taken over the years up there that I have blown up and framed.
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