When it comes to clothes I'm not afraid to say that I know what I am doing. I know my style, I know what looks good on my body, and I know what "pieces" are worth the investment and what items will be a one season wear.
I am not so confident when it come to home decor (understatement of the year).
It's like I don't even know where to begin. Everything in our home in new, including the furniture. This is nothing more than an indication of how bad we were living before. Think of your Freshman year in college and that pretty much sums it up.
There were certain things that we had to get that did not involve much thought. Things like the kitchen table, sofa, ottoman, etc. The Husband and I were so afraid to make the "wrong" decision that we ended up option for very neutral pieces (aka brown) thinking that we would be able to accent easier and change things up easier as well. We also have a pretty minimal/ modern "style" so for a while it's been easy with the less is more.
Motivated by a small dinner party (does one other couple and a baby make it a party?) I popped Downtown to pick up some things that we have been needing for a while. When I got everything home I realized that it is all so boring. I mean Boring.
Nothing is really wrong with anything I chose, it's basically the equivalent to buying yet another black sweater. It's safe and you know it looks good but do you really need another black sweater?
Here is an example of what I'm talking about.
We needed a new door mat. Yep, I picked the Brown one. I certainly could have gotten the red, or blue, or multi colored one, but I picked Brown.
We needed some new placemats to go with the some I already bought this summer. Yep, I picked the snakeskin embossed ones. The brown ones. To go on the brown table.
You see what I'm talking about.
(and yes I also see that the couch and curtains are brown, ugh)
I know what you are saying. But wait yum look at those green patterned ones that contrast so well with the black and white napkins and cool green snakeskin napkin holders, that is pretty stylish. Yeah, except I didn't make that style connection. Potterybarn did. The problem was they only had three placemats hence the need for more.
Finally, we needed a "catch all" bowl. You know, something to throw cell phones and keys and change in? What did I pick to go with the silver frames and silver appliances? Yep, a silver one.
I really want our home to be a reflection of us, of who we are as a family. I guess my main concern is that what our home is "saying" to people is that we are, well boring. Boring and mainstream.
Hmmmmmmm I'm not quite sure how to rectify this. Maybe buy some design books. Maybe take a class? Maybe I just need to buy some crazy rug to force myself to design around it. OK, we both know that I'm never going to do that.
I guess the first step is admitting that you have a problem so here we go. My name is yummy mummy and I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing when it comes to interior design.
You think there is a support group for this? I guess that is what I have you all for!