I love the little things and the big things that I do to my home because I want to come home to a beautiful place. I want to be reminded of where I come from, who my friends are and essentially be cocooned in a place of beauty. Decorating for me is fun and relaxing. I think that some people decorate to have the "perfect" place that they think will impress others. Some people rush to get stuff done and don't seem to take any pleasure in the process of decorating. Nothing about our house is perfect! It is old, odd-shaped and full of flaws...but those are all the things that I like about it!
I once had a hairdresser who told me quite authoritatively that photographs never belonged in the main living area. He was totally appalled at my comment that certain photographs are like art and should be hung all over the house! People and their rules! Nothing gets me more annoyed than all these rules people seem to impose on themselves and everyone else. "No white after labor day", "paintings only at eye level", "granite a must in kitchens", "ceilings all ways white" etc. are all random useless rules which should just be tossed aside in general and specifically when decorating a home. Decorating should be a fun and instinct driven process. I say do what you like and have fun with it!
Here are some homes that look fabulous while breaking a lot of the so called rules:
I love everything about this room: the gallery wall of vintage paintings, the mismatched shell chairs, the Eiffel tower bases on the chairs, the wood table.
|Room designed by Abigail Ahern (source unknown)|
|Olatz Schnabel Bedroom (source unknown)|
|Living Room Decorated by Abigail Ahern (source unknown)|
|Kitchen Decorated by Abigail Ahern (source unknown)|