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In my quest to "find myself" during this massive transitional phase in my life, one of the things I've given a lot of thought to is my "style": clothing and decorating (as in home). After years of trying to be more traditional and mesh my actual likes with my husband's very modern/traditional and clean design leanings (he likes a woman in jeans and a t-shirt or a fitted suit style dress and his houses uncluttered), my new found freedom has allowed me to be totally honest about what I really like for maybe the first time in my life.  For years I've said I liked French Country style in decor, but as soon as it got really "country", it lost me.  What I really liked about it was the painted woods, the elegant finishes, the colors and textures.  So I've been on a hunt to find out what I REALLY like.  I think the moment of epiphany was when I was standing in my grandparents cluttered, chaotic house and noticing all the little things sitting everywhere that drew my interest and made just being in a room an adventure. My grandmother is a collector...of dolls, dishes, toys, pillows, anything she finds lovely. And I think I started out that way too, as a kid. I wanted a label for this "look", this style...one that would make it a little easier to find.

And I think I found it. I think we'd call it "bohmemian" or "boho".











I want beads on everything including my neck. I want chandeliers in every room and hanging from my ears. I want color everywhere. I want nothing to match and everything to "go together". I want pretty and soft and feminine and drapey. I want sensory overload.

This is something I forgot about myself. Actually, I'm not sure I ever even knew it.

Date: 2011-09-01 02:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mercyorbemoaned.livejournal.com
I have a lot of practical advice for making this style livable if you want it! It mostly comes down to "dust a lot and don't have a cat."

Date: 2011-09-01 03:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mommydama.livejournal.com

I do not have a cat anymore but I cannot promise to dust "a lot". I can promise to try. I do have something of a love affair with fancy feather dusters.

Date: 2011-09-01 03:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mercyorbemoaned.livejournal.com
You really have to or stuff starts to smell, and you don't notice cause you're used to it. In a closed, climate controlled house it's not quite as bad. But still. People who do this kind of thing properly are dusting every day.

Date: 2011-09-01 03:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mercyorbemoaned.livejournal.com
You can kind of get around the dusting daily requirement by having launderables and swapping stuff out frequently. But knickknacks, you gotta dust em!

Date: 2011-09-01 08:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aranel.livejournal.com
I've been thinking about this and decided that having lots of pictures/framed objects clustered on the wall, in various sizes, is more dust-able and kid proof than knick-knacks, and creates a similar pleasing look of somewhat-but-not-too-ordered complexity.

Of course the thousands of books require dusting too. Oh well.

Also--she has three kids! If she puts them on a rotating schedule, one kid can dust every day but Sunday!

Date: 2011-08-28 11:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] altarflame.livejournal.com
1. This makes me SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!

2. This makes me so much more interested in your no doubt upcoming pics and text about how to decorate your own place ;) This stuff is great and makes so much more SENSE to me re: you! I've spent years now in your actual house or looking at pictures of your house and just kind of going o_O and then, "well, whatever, I love her and that's her thing." :p Not that it was terrible just that it didn't click at all with the you I knew.

Date: 2011-08-29 03:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rowannrose.livejournal.com
Oh, man, I *love* that bathroom. I tend towards bohemian, too, but I haven't had a lot of time/opportunity to explore that in home decor. I tell myself there is plenty of time when the kids are older and they are done peeing on the couch. ;)

Date: 2011-08-29 05:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] erikaerin.livejournal.com
I love this look and think it suits you perfectly!

Date: 2011-08-29 09:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pikefish.livejournal.com
do you have a pic of your grandparents' room? my hubs also likes things uncluttered but I'm a clutterbug with no space of my own so he has to deal with it for now. I like several things in your pics but I think I'm more shabby chic- with frills and stuff everywhere- like on the show. but then again, I watch stuff on hgtv and see what designers have done and I love that too.

so happy for you and look forward to seeing you decorate and bloom!!!!

Date: 2011-08-30 03:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lil-irish-lass.livejournal.com
I adore that bathroom. Especially the color.

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