I am not normal….

when it comes to decorating. At least I don’t think that I am a normal almost 34 year old woman (ugh, that word sounds so old to me) when it comes to decorating. I do not like typical traditional decorating. Not to say that it’s ugly but it’s not my thing. I am drawn to wall tapestries involving tie dye and unique patterns. Sometimes I feel like my decorating style is more like a college student than a 30-something gal (like that word better than woman). I look at blogs like this and I love it (especially the nursery-she has really inspired me in that department) but some how, it’s not me. I prefer wall decorations like this and this more than traditional type wall decor. And rugs, don’t get me started on rugs. I cannot stand the ones that I have seen in most stores. I love this small rug and think that I am going to order it for the half bath downstairs. And I want 2 of this rug to put in the den area. Really, I could completely furnish our home with stuff from Urban Outfitters and CB2.

*Sigh* I really need help in the decorating department. I need to be able to afford to have an interior designed to make all my dreams come true. I can find inspiration and things that I like, but I need someone to help me put it all together. I already drew some inspiration from the blog above. I love the colors in her mater bedroom and bathroom. I have a dark brown shower curtain so adding green accessories *should* be easy. I have a white duvet (need to get a new comforter to go in it-the old one shows through the white so it doesn’t look white) and brown pillow shams. I love the blue in her master bedroom so I just need to find some accessories in that shade of blue. As for the half bath downstairs, that rug from UO is a nice shade of yellow so I need to find a towel and accessories to compliment that-any ideas?

The living are is a real issue because we don’t agree on anything. Right now we have an Army Ranger flag hanging in there….yeah, I did that because I love him. I seriously want that map tapestry and the moustache tree decal in that area. Must convince P, though. In fact, there are so many things at UO that I want on the walls.

Oh, and don’t get me started on the dining room. We currently have no dining furniture because we cannot agree on what to get. I want bar height and P wants a traditional Japanese dining table with floor chairs….with 4 dogs…..yeah…..not sure about that one.

So, where do YOU get inspiration for decorating? What is your decorating style? Do you have any ideas for me?



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11 responses to “I am not normal….

  1. Emily

    We all know how I decorate :p I like greens and yellows together, but its too springy and preppy for a lot of people.

  2. Waiting Lisa

    So far my style has been hand-me-downs and craigslist deals, haha.

    Our dining room table belonged to my aunt and uncle years ago. They gave it to us when they bought new ones.

    Our couch was a great craigslist deal. They even delivered it to us and set it up, which was important since we only have small cars.

    Our computer desk is Adam’s old desk from when he was in high school.

    Oh, you should see our TV in the living room. It’s one of the old ones with wood all around it. From like 1982. It was a hand-me-down from Adam’s grandma. It belongs in a museum, not our living room.

    So….I guess I haven’t really found my style yet. For now it seems to be a random collection of things we got for free or cheap….or in other words, we’re living like college students πŸ™‚

  3. I love your style and the rugs and wall decor you’re drawn to! it might not be everyone’s taste but it’s yours and you should run with it!

  4. I love your style as well! I am an interior decorator by trade, and would normally say I’ll work for you (I know how to work on a budget & I only use eco-friendly paints/finishes/products) but since we’re so far apart that’s kinda… impossible πŸ˜‰ But.. if you ever need advice, don’t hesitate to ask! I will help you out in any way I can πŸ™‚ And don’t forget – bright colours and bold patterns are for ANY age group! You just have to know how to pull ’em off! Never apologize for your tastes. You are unique & we love it πŸ™‚
    ps. I am a funky/eclectic ‘gal’ myself and I see no issues with having a youthful decor in my home πŸ˜‰

  5. I’m the Ikea style girl! I borderline on the blahs with paint color (usually grays and taupes) and everything is muted, smooth lines, nothing too bright. My house would probably drive you crazy! πŸ™‚

  6. I wish we lived closer! I LOVE DECORATING! I am a black and white modern gal with accents of color. It really depends on the room. My living room has the whole NYC feel to it. Our bedroom is brown and blue. Good luck with decorating your new place! Can’t wait to see pics!

  7. liberalgranolagirl

    Thanks for the comments, ladies! P ok’d the atlas wall decor πŸ™‚ Still having to talk him into the moustache tree :p

  8. My style is whatever is whatever is at Ross, or at an auction! Ross has some of the best home decorating items. And I go crazy when I see there is a furniture auction. When American Home went out of business, I’m not gonna lie… it wasn’t pretty, LOL.

  9. Hm I’m a huge fan of Target and Walmart and Ikea. I just usually do whatever I find for cheap, honestly.

  10. Here is the key to my blog πŸ˜‰ However it’s seriously anonymous (which is ironic based on the authenticity name–haha) although some of my family follows it. But I’m sure you’re well aware that not everyone wants to listen to liberal, green thoughts. πŸ˜‰

    Anyway I loved this post and have spent the last hour since I read it looking at the links you posted! Dil and I LOVE West Elm design as it’s modern and clean w/ earthy touches…however the WG/HD service was a pain and we’re trying to avoid it at all costs in order to get an actual bed.

    He didn’t have much stuff when I moved in and we’ve sort of acquired pieces here and there. Now that I’ll have income we’re working on getting things set up into a comfortable home for both of us before he gets out of the Army. Luckily we’re into the same general style and we compromise, but it definitely was different setting up a home initially w/ having to take someone else’s ideas into consideration! (And I think I told you this, but we have the American flag hanging in our bedroom so I feel your pain on the Ranger flag ;-)). Somehow he’s yet to officially hang his Kramer poster anywhere in the house. Haha.

    But a lot of our finds are actually from Target (I have a leather club chair and ottoman from there, our lamps are from there, our drapes). Our pub table (another compromise…I wanted a farm table but he IS pretty tall) came from (SIGH) Wal-Mart but you’d never know it.

    One couch is from West Elm and the new one we’ll get next time it goes on sale is from Macy’s, but everything else is hand-me-downs that for the most part I love. And then both my brothers and Dil enjoy photography and my best friend’s father is a local artist back home….another yet-to-come purchase is blown up onto canvas shots that Dil took from the beach back home.

    But gal electic is awesome. You’ve just gotta take what you love, pick a central color scheme (or some other way to tie it all together, shapes?) for each room and roll with it. πŸ˜‰ Another great blogger btw who has fabulous eclectic style (you can look thru her flickr files…) and who you might enjoy in general is Sara at Walk Slowly, Live Wildly… http://walkslowlylivewildly.com/

  11. Ohh… PS you lucky gal, you will have no problems finding good deals in Colorado…..aka Denver has incredible stores, I’m sure the thrift stores are much better stocked than here, AND right outside Denver is the HUGE Mile High Flea Market….please check it out and tell me all about it. πŸ˜‰

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