I have a confession to make. I have no preferred decorating style when it comes to houses. I like just about every style I see: art deco, Asian, traditional, English country, Mediterranean, Old World, etc. Probably the only styles I’m not that fond of are Modern and Southwestern.
Hubby, meanwhile, hates practically everything. If we shop for light fixtures, he looks at 50 and pronounces them all “ugly.” The same with furniture and clocks. Mediterranean and Tuscan styles he dubs as “Spanish Inquisition” (example on the left). Anything romantic or Old World, he dubs “French Whorehouse” (example on the right). I happen to love “Spanish Inquisition” and “French Whorehouse,” but then I love a lot of styles.
Then there is “country cute,” along with “too modern for our house.” “Retro” sends him screaming from a room, since he lived through the period of “retro” and he can’t see it as anything but old-fashioned. Yes, he’s picky. Very, very picky.
But if you ask him what style he likes, he says “clean, clear lines.” I don’t know what that means. I really, REALLY don’t know what that means, especially since our current living room furniture, which he loves and refuses to get rid of, has fabric in an extremely intricate pattern. Plus, he has two oriental rugs. Go figure.
We both adore art deco, but we don’t have the right kind of house for it. So we’ve really been stumbling through our recent renovation, trying to figure out what style is “ours.” In the end, he got some things, I got some things, and neither of us is completely happy, but we have some things we really LOVE, so that’s good. And I think it’s a style of sorts. I’m just not sure what to call it. Transitional or Asian might be closest, but it’s really just “we-like-these-things-and-they-go-together.” Which would be a mouthful if you were at the furniture store looking for stuff.
So do you have a style? What would you call it? Are your housemates, whoever they may be, in agreement with you on it? How do you compromise when decorating your house? What house decorating disasters have you encountered?
Sabrina Jeffries is the NYT bestselling author of a whole bunch of historical romance novels for Pocket Books and Avon Books, as well as a caffeine addict, Third Culture Kid, chocoholic, and jigsaw puzzle aficionado. Before writing as SJ, she wrote 8 historicals as Deborah Martin (now being revised and re-released) and 3 contemporary paranormal romantic suspense novels as Deborah Nicholas. Her 24th SJ book, WHAT THE DUKE DESIRES, will be out in June, and her first revised Deborah Martin re-release, BY LOVE UNVEILED, is out now!
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