Here, here Mr. Drucker! Decorating is NOT a blood sport, indeed! I was asked awhile back to participate in the SYTYCD competition that is currently going on and turned down the opportunity for fear of this exact thing. (On a side note, I am enjoying watching the competition and am impressed with the friendly, supportive, and nurturing way it’s being run. My fear was unfounded but the idea of “competing” didn’t sit well with me.) Although most who take the time to read my ramblings (like you oh bless-ed one) are nothing but positive and loving, I have received my fair share of biting anonymous comments in the past. I applaud Mr. Drucker for having the courage to boldly confront meanness where he sees it. He’s a man after my own heart! House Beautiful rocks.
After getting the first level of my house straightened and clean yesterday, I was feeling a bit better about life in general. However, I am itching to repaint my first level and switch out the window treatments and mistreatments and drastically change things up. But to what? What is my style now? I am evolving and my home doesn’t reflect this. My home feels like an outfit I’m sooooo sick of wearing. I have safely stuck with golden yellows and reds for a decade now, eleven years to be exact. I’m over it. But what would I change everything to if I could afford to? Hmmmm. I don’t know! I feel drawn to the trends of whites and cooler tones, but they don’t quite feel like me either.
I pride myself on knowing my style, so I was seriously feeling a bit threatened by not being able to articulate what I like. Cue stage right and to my rescue, enters the latest issue of House Beautiful! My hero! It came in the mail yesterday, and I spent the greater portion of last night pouring over the pages.
Old world. If money were not an issue, I would surround myself with salvaged wood, bricks, stone, and tons of architectural detail. I snapped some pics of the pics for you and they are pretty horrible. If you want to see them looking good, I encourage you to go buy the magazine!
Just look at this entryway! I love it. I would add some rugs and some colorful pillows to the bench to soften things up a bit, but otherwise it’s me.
Between the ages of 2-18 I lived in seven different homes around the country. All of them were beautiful, and I remember details that I loved in each. In our first home, my parents added an addition with a gorgeous stone fireplace. In their custom built home on Lake Michigan, my parents designed a main level with pine floors, exposed beams, rich wood cabinets, and a pebble-stone floored sunroom. In our home in Oklahoma, the exterior of the house boasted a stone exterior. These elements feel like home to me.
I could do without the animal skull here, but I’ll take the rest!
This kitchen gets my adrenaline pumping. I love it.
When I excitedly showed my husband this picture his response was, “That cage would drive you crazy.” Okay, so yes, I like to see myself in the mirror without staring through bars, but this is just cool. I love the look of it. The tumbled marble sink speaks to me.
Love the play of light with darkness here. An absolute must is a ton of flooding sunshine for a home with old world appeal. Otherwise, it could take on a creepy cave feel.
Thank you House Beautiful for reminding me of what I love! On a completely unrelated note, I was also incredibly inspired by what Stephen Drucker had to say in his opener. Read below: