This is an issue for me in the area of decorating.
I go to places like Ikea and see sophisticated, modern, sleek decor and think of myself in some fabulous high rise apartment in New York City (they're doing their job, huh?) and I want to buy everything from Ikea!
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Then I think to myself, "No, that's too fussy for me." If ya'll know anything about me, you know that I am the classic example of a Type B personality; laid back, chill, not in a hurry or rush to do things and I don't get too worked up if things aren't perfect or "right." In fact, I like things a little sloppy and imperfect (not everything...just some things).
But in the midst of my cluttered mind, I had an EPIPHANY!
In a basket, nice and neat, saved over many years, I saw a stack of magazines and books on decorating and I finally knew my style!!!!
I LOVE COTTAGE and COUNTRY DECORATING!!!
Do I have even ONE book or magazine or even ONE Thomas Kinkade painting in my home depicting the Victorian area and antiques? NO...not one.
But what do I have?
I have STACKS of books and magazines on country, cottage, shabby-chic style decorating. I have a big garbage bag full of hand embroidered vintage table clothes and table runners that I just can't bring myself to get rid of. I have lots of quilts and throw them all over everything! I love the messiness of a table or picture frame with chipped, shabby paint and have them all over the place.
I like "imperfection."
I like "casual".
I like "laid back."
I like "inviting."
And guess what? What was in front of me has reflected this the whole time! Why was I ever confused?
So, I'm going to get busy making this apartment of mine into a dream cottage!
Here are some inspirations....
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THIS Thomas Kinkade cottage is more like it....
Image taken from http://moderfurnituredecoration.blogspot.com/2012/10/cottage-living-room-decorating-ideas.html
I LOVE me some turquoise! And I adore that rug. So pretty!
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Mixing different colorful prints and piling on the pillows and quilts just says, "Come, sit a spell!" Oh, and I ADORE this rug too. But I probably wouldn't let anyone walk on it. ha!
Image taken from http://www.alicescottage.com/cottage-decor.aspx
I love me a cafe curtain!
Image taken from http://www.dolalak.com/brightness-awesome-living-room-decorating-design-ideas/garden-cottage-livingroom-decorating-design-ideas
Smaller scale pieces grouped closely together feels cozy and inviting.
Image taken from http://pinterest.com/smither1/cottage-country-decorating/
My favorite color palette again...turquoise and red. I love mixing stripes and florals.
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Cottages love a pop of apple green!
Image taken from http://www.homerevo.com/sunroom-design-decorating-ideas/
Ahhh....my kind of sun porch.
Image taken from http://kootation.com/cottage-decorating.html
Fun colors and prints.
Image taken from http://diychichome.com/cottage-decorating/tiny-shabby-cottage/
I'd love to snuggle up on that red checkered sofa with a cup of coffee and a good book.
Stay tuned for the before and afters in my new decorating posts called, "Cottage Apartment!" I can't wait to get started!