What's your home decorating style?
Do you have a style? What do you like?
, Aug 08 2012 08:43 PM
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 08:43 PM
How would you decorate if you were going to have your own place with your kids?
This is the first time that I will be buying a place with just me and my two kids, I don't need to worry about any male influenced bogan style Jim Beam picture frames and other car racing/alcohol inspired paraphanalia
Do you have a style that you like? Where do you go for inspiration?
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
Posted 08 August 2012 - 08:51 PM
Pinterest, apartment therapy. Not that I have done the actual decorating! I like a mix of mid-20th century and contemporary styles, clean lines, not too much clutter or purposeless decorative items.
Oh and congrats on buying a new place on your own - must feel good! I hope to do the same in a few years.
Posted 08 August 2012 - 08:55 PM
Style? What is style? It constantly looks like cheap colourful plastic toys have exploded everywhere. LOL
Pinterest as above but after awhile it gets to me. It makes me feel inadequate about my house.
I have been reading lots of interior blogs. DIY interiors, DIY wall art
Edited by lexington, 08 August 2012 - 09:02 PM.
Posted 08 August 2012 - 08:58 PM
I haven't bought the place yet but am close to putting an offer in....can't wait to be able to do what I like and not worry about not being able to put a tiny hole in a wall for a picture etc.
Posted 08 August 2012 - 09:12 PM
I agree pinterest is great for inspiration and putting your ideas together.
I like subtle colour and neutrals, and furniture that is nice and old furniture that has been given a face lift. Currently our house lacks style.
Style? What is style? It constantly looks like cheap colourful plastic toys have exploded everywhere. LOL
Lego 'carpet' is a style isn't it? I am also a fan of a Sodor Island coffee table.
Posted 08 August 2012 - 09:16 PM
My decorating style tends to turn on the question
"Where can I put all these bloody books?"
Posted 08 August 2012 - 09:27 PM
My style is crazy fun I guess.
The boys have a giant pirate ship I painted on one wall and is done in blues and greens.
Ashley's room is pink and green and her wardrobe is collaged in complimenting colours and patterns.
Our main rooms are in the process of being Alice in Wonderland-ified. My brick wall has highlighted bricks with quotes from the book on them, my walls have giant mushrooms.
(just blocking it out= not the finished product)
Originally I was going to go for showroom type house but it's just really not us
Edited by **Xena**, 08 August 2012 - 09:30 PM.
Posted 08 August 2012 - 09:37 PM
Wow Xena, I love the pirate wall and pink stove!!
I love a comfortable, ecclectic home with lots of photos and interesting bits and pieces.
NO CLUTTER is a must if there is such a thing with 2 boys!!
Posted 08 August 2012 - 09:39 PM
Mine. Hmm. Contemporary, clean lines, neutral, tidy, and a bit safe n boring.
I love Home Beautiful magazines, I subscribed to them when we were building. I still collect them and we moved in 2.5yrs ago. I love googling and discovering blogs about home style. So many great Aussie ones.
Oh and although we have been here a while we weren't able to furnish it all so we still are playing catch up. And we finally bought the kids matching beds and nice bed covers and stuff. So it's a work in progress. We are already discussing what renovating we will do in 5 years time. Argh!
Posted 08 August 2012 - 09:47 PM
DH is FIFO ATM, so I'm slowly but surely steampunking his Palladian designes for the new house
Posted 08 August 2012 - 09:49 PM
IKEA is inexpensive and stylish and they have great meatballs
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Edited by Chelli, 09 August 2012 - 09:48 PM.
Posted 09 August 2012 - 01:49 AM
I'd describe my style as electic.
Posted 09 August 2012 - 06:17 AM
I'm going modern with a dash of old world materials.
I think the best thing you can do starting out, is keep all the wall colours neutral. Your colours can come from throws, pillows, decor on furnishings which should be neutral to.
Neutral colours are- black, off whites, beiges etc.
This way, when you're over a look, you're changing the decor which is cheap not the furniture.
Posted 09 August 2012 - 08:05 AM
Well, currently my house is an insane combination of hand-me-down furniture, hard garbage, and a couple of nice antiques DH & I saved for. The plan is to gradually improve it over time - we figured we'd rather live with the stuff we don't like until we can afford what we want, and not buy in-between items which would probably be around for 15 years. This is working so far as we don't stress about the knocks a toddler causes.
However, in a dream world my home would be a French/Moroccan/Japanese hybrid, with lots of colour.
I find neutral on neutral really bland and uninspiring to live in, but I know it's very popular at the moment.
Posted 09 August 2012 - 09:54 AM
Can anyone recommend some good interiors blogs? I need some new ones to perv at..
I too love eclectic stuff with personality, we have a music room that is just like my teenage bedroom, full of records and posters.
Posted 09 August 2012 - 10:13 AM
My house is creams, chocolate browns and red. All teamed with a med brown wood.
I like the idea of the ultra mod look, but it just doesn't seem comfortable IMO.
I like my style, it's clean, not clutter and everything has a place.
Good luck with the house and well done
Posted 09 August 2012 - 11:15 AM
Mine is boho inspired. Lots of tapestries, dream catchers , feathers that sort of thing.
Posted 09 August 2012 - 11:27 AM
Lots of 'things' - lots of artwork, lots, and lots, and lots of books.
If I had better storage and a cleaner it would be a funky retro home of awesomeness - as I don't it is a bit like a truck filled with antique furniture and toys crashed into a mobile library and they both rolled into Mexican hacienda...
It's nice though - one would never refer to my home as 'sterile' or 'lacking in personality'.
Posted 09 August 2012 - 12:02 PM
Hmmm. I would probably say arty and thrifty. Our living/dining/kitchen (open plan) room consists of a dark grey couch, two awesome yellow armchairs from the 50s with bold black piping, a 1930s floor lamp with a beautiful scalloped yellow shade rescued from an alley, a large art deco silky oak dining suite with chairs I recovered in a modern, colourful fabric. I made lots of cushions out of fabric that is all in the same colours - red, blue and white - but each a different fun pattern (robots, cars, polka dots, bicycles etc.) Instead of an entertainment unit, we have two long, low bookshelves across one wall, one I painted red and one white with neon pink edges. Most of my books live there, our TV sits on top and the rest of the space is taken up with lots of frames leaning against the wall (I keep meaning to hang them but can't decide on the placement). The artwork we have in them is a mixture of pieces by artist friends, photos we've taken while travelling and posters from the festivals I've worked on. The frames are all ones I've found in op shops and painted (mostly either bright yellow or white). Also on that wall is a huge painting, directly on the wall, that DH started one night and visitors keep adding to. We do plan to paint the walls (hopefully a dark moody teal if I get my way) but haven't decided yet whether we'll paint over it or maybe frame it like a painting directly on the wall.
Probably my favourite - and most planned - part of our apartment is the upstairs deck, which is huge and has views out to the river. I decided I wanted a kind of retro garden party atmosphere, so I covered the boring white tiles with fake grass to make a 'lawn' (it's actually really soft and comfy - we often lay on a blanket out there in the sun). We have a vegetable garden in a 8-foot planter we built from recycled wood, a lime tree and some other potted flowers, a bright blue adirondack chair, an ottoman I made out of red and white oilcloth and - my favourite - two pink flamingo lawn ornaments. I also plan to get a white picket fence to lean against the stucco railing, and maybe a bar trolley.
Probably much more detail here than the question called for, but home decorating is a bit of a passion for me - if only I had the money to complete all the projects on my list!
Posted 09 August 2012 - 12:04 PM
I don't really have a style as such, but I do like very clean lines, no clutter and I like anything with a modern feel to it.
Posted 09 August 2012 - 12:10 PM
I like a timeless look, not trendy or 'modern'. I guess it could be described as English country/French country/Hamptons, depending on what you're looking at!
I like white a lot. Most of the walls in our house are white and I have refinished most of our furniture white (or partly white and keeping the top natural). I sew bits and pieces to add colour (cushions covers, table runners, etc). I like decorating with personal photos, kids artworks, collected stuff. I like texture in the form of rattan, natural linen, etc
I like to think that our house is 'us', not a show home or following particular trends.
Posted 09 August 2012 - 12:14 PM
I have a man in the house and there are definately no bourbon signs/mirrors on the walls!!!
Good luck on your new place!
I like a 'resort style/beach style' when it comes to decorating. Nearly half of our house is windows and we have lovely subtropical gardens surrounding us, so it works with what we have created outside.
I don't like clutter, but I do like a house to feel comfortable and liveable. Though I have some pricey stuff I don't have any piece of furniture that is too precious or can't be used by the whole family. I figure if it gets wrecked it just will get it replaced.
I have realised that I do like red a lot. It pops up in nearly every room of the house! That and green.
I also like to decorate with things that mean something to me. We have a lot of original art, some dirt cheap and some very pricey, (some I've done myself!) but it has to talk to me in some way.
I think it has taken about 7 years for me to really feel like I am almost finished with my place, but I am always updating bits and pieces here and there.
I'm keen on wallpapering a wall each in the kids rooms but I think DH might not agree, so that is next on the agenda.
Thankfully at our place DH is mostly okay about the decorating decisions I make. He has only put his foot down once or twice (mostly to do with waste and cost).
Posted 09 August 2012 - 12:45 PM
I jsut wanted to add Catalogue Living is a good blog if you want to have a giggle about some of the pictures from decorating magazines and catalogues.
Posted 10 August 2012 - 10:23 PM
I do French Provincial crossed with Victorian Asian fusion. It actually works and I get loads of compliments. You don't have to spend a fortune, but it helps to have a character home with high ceilings......Tony Sadler in Perth is a cheap way of starting this look.
Edited by ***MEZ***, 10 August 2012 - 10:24 PM.
Posted 10 August 2012 - 10:36 PM
Cheap. That's a style, isn't it?
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