Thursday, August 11, 2011

Get it Together

At what age is it time to retire the futon? When is it time to start handing down the hand-me-downs? When should your home start to look, I don't know, cohesive?

Can you believe I once let a 5 year old boy decorate my apartment?

In recent months, I've been into several people's homes and also seen numerous photos on Facebook of new houses, new furniture, etc. It got me thinking... as rising thirtysomethings, shouldn't we all live in places that don't resemble college dorms?

I'm not judging here. I realize some people don't have the financial resources, or the means, or the time, or the house, or the husband, or the part of them that CARES. I'm only making observations here. It was jumpstarted by looking at a photo of our living room. (You're not surprised that in my spare time, I'm researching ways to improve the decor of the house!) We have a nice couch. We have a big, fancy leather chair, We have nice, repurposed antiques. We have a flat screen TV. We have an oriental rug. We have a direction.

By the time my mom was 30, she was living in a nice house, surrounded by professional interior designer assisted color schemes and items. She had a nice dining room table. She had a matching bedroom set. She had a stylish-for-the-time silver sectional couch. There was artwork on the walls. The colors in one room worked and flowed into the colors in the other. She had her own style, her own taste. She cared how the house looked and was presented.

Just a few short years ago, I was living in my own apartment, with an array of mismatched items. And I hated it. I desperately wanted to have the money to buy new items that were more "grown up." Thankfully, the timing worked out, Puff had a house, and I was able to move in and refocus my funds toward making our styles mesh together. Over the past 2 years of living here, I think I've done a fairly decent job. In looking around, I feel like our house is much more "grown up" than some I have seen recently. We have an Ethan Allen dining room table. We have a substantial, big bed with a matching dresser. We have real artwork on the walls. And, as soon as our kitchen & dining room get a few updates this year, the entire house will work together in terms of color scheme and theme and it will flow. One room into the next. Just as I've always dreamed.

Even if my dream never included mustard colored walls. Hey, sometimes we've got to work with what we're dealt. Don't worry... there's already a plan in place to change that!

P.S. Like to hear what I have to say? I'm guest blogging over at "Converted Southerner" today, so be sure to check it out!

1 comment:

The Fischer Family said...

Sounds to me like it's time for you to get on Pinterest, if you aren't already. If you would like an invite message me on facebook with your email address and I'll send you an invite.