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How do you view yourself as a home decorator? [message #342824] Sat, 27 October 2007 23:44 Go to next message
Sherry in NH  is currently offline Sherry in NH
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Home Decorating Poll[ 27 vote(s) ]
1.I wish I had a million bucks to decorate the house; I know just what I'd do 5 / 19%
2.In my former life, I was a professional decorator, etc. 0 / 0%
3.I work part-time as a decorator 0 / 0%
4.I volunteer doing decorating 0 / 0%
5.My ministry is decorating 0 / 0%
6.I decorate, but I only ever use one style 1 / 4%
7.I am a minimalist on purpose 2 / 7%
8.We're supposed to decorate?? 1 / 4%
9.I change with the seasons 0 / 0%
10.I have several favorite styles of decorating 2 / 7%
11.I love re-using, re-cycling, re-creating things for decorating 0 / 0%
12.We don't have money for me to decorate 1 / 4%
13.I don't have 'permission' somehow to decorate 0 / 0%
14.Something else 2 / 7%
15.Some combo 5 / 19%
16.I am out of my element as a home decorator 3 / 11%
17.I choose to spend my time and money someplace else 1 / 4%
18.I have no idea what I'm doing as a home decorator 4 / 15%
19.I have no interest in home decorating 0 / 0%

Where do you stand on the range of possibilities?

[Updated on: Sat, 27 October 2007 23:47]


In Jesus

Sherry from NH
Re: How do you view yourself as a home decorator? [message #342829 is a reply to message #342824 ] Sun, 28 October 2007 00:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Jules
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Much like everything else in my life, I have no idea what I am doing Embarassed. I just do my best and hope it doesn't clash.
Re: How do you view yourself as a home decorator? [message #342832 is a reply to message #342824 ] Sun, 28 October 2007 00:03 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Pam H  is currently offline Pam H
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I voted something else. Because, I simply have no taste. I really don't care much what the house looks like. I know what I like, but couldn't for the life of me come up with it on my own.


Love in Jesus,
Pam
married to Darryl (30 yrs) and mom to ds (22); ds (21); ds (19); ds (15); ds (13) and ds (11) and 6 others with Jesus
Re: How do you view yourself as a home decorator? [message #342852 is a reply to message #342824 ] Sun, 28 October 2007 07:07 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Lisa T.  is currently offline Lisa T.
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When I was a girl, my mom used to joke that her decorating style was "Early American Attic"....meaning her furniture and accessories were whatever elderly relatives had in their attic that they could spare! For years we had the decorating style called "College Dorm retro"...brick & board bookshelves, futons, lawn furniture. It was all we could afford. And the kids were rough on furniture, so we were just as well off... Laughing

Now, with the kids gone and more discretionary income, and a somewhat dilapidated house "decorated" (if you can call it that Confused) in the 1960's, it seemed like a good idea to do something! In the past few years, we've completely redone a bathroom and the kitchen. We painted the living room/dining room, bought a dining room table and chairs, a couch, some chairs, and a couple of comfy gliders for the TV room. We still have a few things we're saving up for...flooring in the living room, and a new kitchen counter (to replace the white-with-gold-speckles laminate we have now).

I tried to do the kitchen and bathroom consistent with our 1920's style house. I just had Nick repaint the Shaker cabinets (they might be authentic Shaker, since we had a Shaker community in our town when the house was built), put in flooring that looks like black & white tiles, simple "country" wallpaper in the kitchen and "country" curtains. The living room is more thematic. We have a lot of artifacts from our time in Africa that I wanted to display, so it has more of an African theme. The TV room is Jose's den...that's where a lot of his art is displayed, and his radio-controlled sailboats, and his model cars...and his big TV Laughing

I'm really enjoying the opportunity to be creative! But we are still operating on a shoestring by decorating standards. My "new" dining room chairs came from a yard sale, as did my red leather club chairs. Our coffee table was a display table at Fashion Bug (Kati used to work there; she brought it home to us). We've done most of the work ourselves, although we hired a carpenter for the bathroom, since it had to have new walls, and we've hired Nick for painting cabinets. We'll hire him to refinish windows and lay a hardwood floor, too.

Our next big projects will be a new bedroom for us (as soon as Nick finishes their walk-in closet so that the Fashion Shrine to Kati can be removed from the largest bedroom in our house Laughing ) and our front porch (needs jacking up, painting, curtains, and furniture).

Probably we'll never be finished! But we hope to have a house that will look nice enough to be salable when we're ready to move somewhere smaller in 10 or 15 years. And we definitely have enjoyed having our nice new rooms!


Lisa T.
Re: How do you view yourself as a home decorator? [message #342866 is a reply to message #342832 ] Sun, 28 October 2007 08:20 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Mel in Ga.  is currently offline Mel in Ga.
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You're not alone Pam. Smile
I'm not much of a decorator either. I love a country style but, I really have no idea how to achieve the look that I want. Confused


Pam H wrote on Sat, 27 October 2007 23:03

I voted something else. Because, I simply have no taste. I really don't care much what the house looks like. I know what I like, but couldn't for the life of me come up with it on my own.


Mel in Ga
wife to Lane, 23 yrs
Mama to Avery (18) and Krista (16)
Re: How do you view yourself as a home decorator? [message #342873 is a reply to message #342832 ] Sun, 28 October 2007 08:31 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Bonnie  is currently offline Bonnie
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Pam and Mel-

What?! Shocked What do you mean "You have no taste?!" You hang out here, don't you? Well then, you have excellent taste in friends. Don't you agree, ladies? Laughing Laughing

BTW, I voted number 1, though a million bucks is far too much! I have exactly what I want in my head, but I'm content to leave it there. If I put it IRL, it might not be as beautiful as it is in my head! Laughing Laughing Besides, dining room chairs with white rough silk upholstery would just not make it around here! Laughing

[Updated on: Sun, 28 October 2007 08:35]

Re: How do you view yourself as a home decorator? [message #342884 is a reply to message #342824 ] Sun, 28 October 2007 11:06 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Laura Scholz  is currently offline Laura Scholz
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I could have chosen several different options, but really the one that best sums it up is that I'm a minimalist on purpose. I don't have any "extra" money to spend on decorating, and I can't stand clutter. For some reason, in my house, if I set out a nice display of seasonal items with a candle, doily, etc., that's exactly where everyone's clutter ends up! Not to mention that the cats think they need to lay in the middle of it! Confused Laughing I do put out some extra Christmas decorations, and I enjoy them, but I LOVE the way the house looks when they're all put away again. Embarassed Very Happy


In Him,
Laura Scholz
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Mom to Daniel (18 ), Lynne (17), Cora (15), and Jeremy (13)
Re: How do you view yourself as a home decorator? [message #342886 is a reply to message #342824 ] Sun, 28 October 2007 11:32 Go to previous messageGo to next message
lcourtneymom(Leah)  is currently offline lcourtneymom(Leah)
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That's a lot of choices but to combine:
1. I am a minimalist on purpose. I think decorating can be a waste of money.

That feeling is probably influenced by #2:
2. I don't have any money to decorate. We have never really been in a position to have "extra."

But, I don't feel to badly about #1 and #2 because:
3. I really don't have any interest in decorating.

So, it's really all good.

And I really appreciate going to someone's home who is a good decorator. So for those of you who do decorate and can afford it and enjoy it - Go for it!


Leah

Wife of Jason (17 years), mom to dd( 12 ), ds(11), dd(8) and dd(6)

I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him." Lam.3:24

Re: How do you view yourself as a home decorator? [message #342889 is a reply to message #342884 ] Sun, 28 October 2007 11:57 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Emily~  is currently offline Emily~
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Laura Scholz wrote on Sun, 28 October 2007 10:06

I could have chosen several different options, but really the one that best sums it up is that I'm a minimalist on purpose. I don't have any "extra" money to spend on decorating, and I can't stand clutter. For some reason, in my house, if I set out a nice display of seasonal items with a candle, doily, etc., that's exactly where everyone's clutter ends up! Not to mention that the cats think they need to lay in the middle of it! Confused Laughing I do put out some extra Christmas decorations, and I enjoy them, but I LOVE the way the house looks when they're all put away again. Embarassed Very Happy


Me too, I have even already started editing our fall decor. It looks nice for awhile, but then it's a relief to 'declutter' isn't it?




Re: How do you view yourself as a home decorator? [message #342912 is a reply to message #342824 ] Sun, 28 October 2007 12:56 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Leslie Fay  is currently offline Leslie Fay
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I have a few favorite styles of decorating, and a hard time choosing just one. I almost put that decorating is my ministry, because I am on the "decorating committee" at church, but that is out of necessity and not giftedness! Very Happy


Leslie
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Re: How do you view yourself as a home decorator? [message #342915 is a reply to message #342873 ] Sun, 28 October 2007 13:06 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Pam H  is currently offline Pam H
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Bonnie wrote on Sun, 28 October 2007 07:31

Pam and Mel-

What?! Shocked What do you mean "You have no taste?!" You hang out here, don't you? Well then, you have excellent taste in friends. Don't you agree, ladies? Laughing Laughing




I consider you guys a gift from God. Very Happy I stay b/c iron sharpens iron.


Love in Jesus,
Pam
married to Darryl (30 yrs) and mom to ds (22); ds (21); ds (19); ds (15); ds (13) and ds (11) and 6 others with Jesus
Re: How do you view yourself as a home decorator? [message #342917 is a reply to message #342824 ] Sun, 28 October 2007 13:21 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Linda Lee  is currently offline Linda Lee
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I decorate using the same style (country) because I don't have the money to make a drastic change (which sometimes I think would be fun). I just update every now and then. For example, I got rid of my ginger jar lamps and bought some inexpensive faux wrought iron. Later I replaced my wood picture frames with black ones. You get the picture. A little here and there, a new coat of paint every few years, and so forth. It still basically look the same, though.


Linda
wife to dearest Tom for 25 years,
mom to Lydia (21), Samuel (18), Logan (13), and Silas (4)
Re: How do you view yourself as a home decorator? [message #343071 is a reply to message #342824 ] Sun, 28 October 2007 20:23 Go to previous message
Tori  is currently offline Tori
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Huh.

Well, I didn't vote 'cause I am not sure what, exactly, you mean. I think of "decorating" as putting up seasonal whatsits--maybe some fall wreaths and basket of gourds, or Christmas decorations.

My home is, I think, lovely--and comfortable. If I have to buy something, I buy it to coordinate with what is already there. We have MANY antiques from my parents (both now deceased). Everything is "coordinated"--doesn't "match", if you know what I mean? We didn't go buy "matching" couch and chairs, etc. with the end tables that "went" with them or anything.

The rugs and pictures go with the furniture--I mean, I wouldn't buy a picture of oranges or purple iris no matter how much I liked it 'cause it wouldn't "go" with the rest of the colors.

So is this what you mean by "decorating" or am I just off the wall???? Confused

Tori


Tori
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