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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 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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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I love this look and think it suits you perfectly!

Date: 2011-08-29 09:43 pm (UTC)
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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)
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I adore that bathroom. Especially the color.


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