Confession time: I am 55 years old and I have never lived in a "grown up" house.
I have never bought living room or bedroom or dining room furniture. Oh sure, I have bought furniture from time to time, (usually used) but I have never bought a bedroom set or living room set...heck, I've never even had a dining room and won't really in the new house.
I have a few pieces of furniture that I love for sentimental or asthetic reasons, but most of it is just functional.
I get all excited when I go into a furniture store and see those room displays. I mean I could wander around in IKEA for hours. I love the way the furniture and accessories all go together so stunningly.
But I am very afraid that I may have multiple decorating personalities.
I love the simple straight lovely functionality of Shaker furniture AND the soft cozy comfiness of overstuffed chairs in cabbage rose prints. I love retro 50s stuff all shiny and plastic AND American Craftsman style. I love black and white AND bright secondary colors. I like beadboard AND corrugated tin on the walls.
I love all of these things and if that isn't bad enough, then I want to hang cute handmade things from the ceiling or in swags across the bookcases or door ways. I want to have a pink Petunia where you might least expect her and a hand made bowl with dots swinging from the sides full of something surprising.
What am I to do so that I have a "grown up" house when we are done?
Luckily I have a little time to dream this out....