Decorating My Life

by kristendom on June 11, 2012

Since I came up with this prompt, I figured I’d better write something about it – and post some pictures, since I insisted on that, too. Dang, I’m demanding.

What are your favorite decorative items/pieces of furniture/household features?

 After spending the last seven years in this house – when we thought we’d only live here five, ha! – Sean and I have managed to acquire quite a bit in the way of home furnishings and decor. I’ll be honest, I’m not great with the decorating. I get about as far as the furniture and paint colors, and then I’m done. Nice extra touches? Not so much. I just realized that I still have Christmas decorations on our mantle because, frankly, I don’t have anything else to put up there and never pay attention to it anyways. If we have stuff hanging up in our house, it’s mostly stuff other people have given us or something we saw in Target one day and thought, gee, hey, that wouldn’t look too awful in our house. I was rather impressed with myself when I managed to get Sean to paint an accent wall in our living room, painted some white, backless bookcases to put in front of it, color-coordinated our books, then also managed to find accent pillows, vases and a picture to pull the room together. It remains the most coordinated room in our house several years later. Minus the Christmas decorations that is. Now that I think of it, the bookshelves do make my “favorite objects” list.

See, gold Christmas tree candle still on the mantle

That being said, I do have a few pieces I’ve managed to collect that I rather appreciate – mainly of the furniture variety, but a few decorative items, too. I’ve recently gone to work redecorating our master bedroom so that it really and truly is a cohesive room and not just a mishmash of furniture, some random curtains that matched our bedspread three versions back, and whatever knicknacks don’t go anywhere else in the house. We’re not quite done, but it’s getting closer – as a matter of fact, Sean and I managed to hang the curtains Sunday night. Look at us go. Once we are done, I anticipate that our bedroom will be my favorite room in the house – even moreso than it already is.
So, onto my favorite items. Number one on the list has to be our bed. I somehow managed to convince Sean several years ago that despite the fact that I was supposed to be just buying a headboard, we instead needed a large canopy bed (that also converts to a four-poster bed, which is how we have it now). I’m not really sure how I managed to do that, although I suspect the large flat-screen TV he also purchased might have something to do with it. I love, love, love this bed. It is so me and not me at the same time, but the minute I saw it, I fell in love, and I haven’t turned back. Decorating a room around it has been challenging, but I’d never trade it.
Master Bed

My canopy - decked out for Xmas (and two bedspreads ago)

I know Sean finds this next piece absolutely ridiculous, but that makes it no less charming to me (in fact, it probably makes it more so). My mom purchased an antique typewriter found in Europe via Pottery Barn for me when I indicated that I wanted to have one someday. Of course, I actually meant the “someday” when I also had a library in which to put it, but she was never one for waiting, so I have it now. No, it cannot be used (as I frequently have to tell Aedan), but I just love the look of it and everything it symbolizes – think of all the stuff typed on it! Maybe there were books typed on it! Maybe there were love letters or letters to friends and family typed on it! Yes, I am aware that most likely it was used to type memos and dictation and forms, but I’d much rather think of it the other way. Also, I am fully aware of the irony of purchasing said item from Pottery Barn, but if they want to travel to Europe and find my antique typewriter for me, I have no problems paying them to do so. Or having my mom pay them to do so.
Also from Pottery Barn (what? They have good stuff sometimes – no really, they do), is this wine bottle chandelier.
When I first saw it, I knew I had to have it, even if Sean and I had to figure out a way to make it instead (which was our first plan). Luckily for me, my mom adores Pottery Barn and another birthday gift was provided. I recognize I am completely spoiled, in case you were wondering. And no, because it is a gift from my mom via Pottery Barn, that does not make it less special. As far as I can tell, the one downside to this light fixture (besides the dusting, of course – when I remember to do it, that is) is that it makes for awkward photos. Many a photo taken around this table (we take a LOT, actually – as does our friend Joe – I suppose we’re a bit odd like that) displays someone with a less-than-flattering green glow, funky slivers of light or shadow, or in full glare depending where they’re sitting (or how tall they are). Still, a small price to pay for this one-of-a-kind (okay, multiple of a kind) objet d’art.
After writing this post, I realize I did not include anything from my office, but I guess I’ll save that for another post. What are your favorite objects?

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