Interior Decor: What You Love vs. What You Can Live With

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One good thing about getting older is that you’ve had time to try out a bunch of decorating styles and you can easily pick out what you like and eliminate what you don’t. Maybe you haven’t found a name for your style, but by the time you’re in your 50’s you pretty much know what you like.

My problem is that I like all sorts of things. My taste is pretty eclectic. It took me forever to discover what I loved vs. what I could live with. I mean, I love primitives.

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And I love Colonial and Early American.

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I also really, really love French Brocante.

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The problem is that I can’t live with any of those styles. The Primitive style and the French Brocante ends up looking run down and dirty to me. I mean if I had a brand new, quality house, then maybe the chipped paint, the worn and stained elements would be charming.

I can’t live with Colonial and Early American because it’s too delicate and fine. I’m really not a furniture polisher. I also want people to feel comfortable when they come to my home, not have to watch where they walk or sit.

So, I opt for the Cottage Style, the beach cottage, the easy-going, relaxed vibe. I choose fabrics that are durable and don’t show all the spills and dirt that frequent my life. I want the grandkids to be able to pull all the cushions off the couch and build forts. I don’t want collectibles and knick-knacks that might get broken. I don’t use china, I use Chinet or paper.

And I’m happy with it.

One of the perks of getting older is knowing yourself. And being okay with it.

What’s your style?

Peace,

Jill

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One thought on “Interior Decor: What You Love vs. What You Can Live With

  1. We’ve pretty much gone with the cottage style since we call our “new” little house our “cottage”. It is user and grandchild friendly, no soil fabrics. But if it gets dirty, who cares? Our rooms are Charleston rainbow row colors except for the den/living which is a good tan/neutral; anything goes. Our Bedroom is blue with grey bedding. Baths are blue, office is green, spare bedroom is yellow. Love the colors as it was painted just before we moved in.
    Loved your color analysis on your last post. It was spot on with my house.
    Keep the posts coming. They have become my daily read and are thought provoking for me.

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