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What's Your Home Style?

Post  alec eiffel on Tue Sep 06, 2011 6:55 pm

What kind of decor do you have in your home and is it what you want or would you prefer to have a different style but haven't done it yet? Do you prefer paint or wallpaper, colours or neutrals, loads of decorative bits about the place or sleek and minimal? Do you think your home decor reflects your personality?

Ok, I'm just being nosey, what's your house like? Very Happy

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Post  life_in_termoil on Tue Sep 06, 2011 7:04 pm

My house is rented and all the walls are painted magnolia! Which i no hardship as ive lived with magnolia for 15 years as an army wife lol. I use colourful soft furnishings to brighten the place up abit.

I did want to do a feature wall and hang some wallpaper but land lady said no.

Heres my lounge

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Post  lollyfin on Tue Sep 06, 2011 7:17 pm

LIT you living room looks lovely and I think we have the same sofa Very Happy
my house is more of a mishmash of stuff but I am getting it looking how I would like ( only been here 12 years Laughing )
I love my kitchen nothing matches but its my favorite room
the units are a light wood effect stuff with blue speckly worktops and small different coloured tiles
but i have a large oak dresser in there as well and my oak table which i just love but needs major restoration on the top (so i cover it with a tablecloth when people are coming round Very Happy ) and i just replaced the chairs with leather look brown ones
the walls are painted a duck egg blue but I have dulux feature wall raspberry diva that i am going to paint the whole room in. OH thinks i am a bit mad but he admits that I have never got it completely wrong when decorating yet!
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Post  alec eiffel on Tue Sep 06, 2011 7:37 pm

Your living room looks really cosy LiT, I love those little sheep so cute!

My living area is currently a right old state. We've stripped the walls of the embossed wallpaper - the rabbits had already started that job for us so it was partially done Laughing We've also taken the carpet up due to chewing bunnies (slightly less thankful for that). I'm usually pretty good at knowing what I want a room to look like but with this room I just can't picture the colour I want. So I think it's going to be white until I decide.

We've done a few bits and bobs but we're not huge fans of DIY and everything seems to take ages. But we have decorated our bedroom so at least that's one little haven!

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Post  Bitsy Beans on Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:40 pm

My style appears to consist of mainly childrens toys Rolling Eyes I am having a conservatory built at some point this month to become a playroom for my kids and mindees so I can reclaim the rest of the house back.
I suppose I am country cottage, we have pine furniture mostly, painted walls (no wallpaper here, especially with kids with grubby fingers, pens etc I needed something I could wipe clean) and as much as I'd love to be minimalist I like my ornaments and nic nacks too much Embarassed Probably pretty old fashioned actually Embarassed

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bitsybeans/6119900694/in/photostream

My lounge looking like it's usual tip! Can you see what I mean about the toys!!!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bitsybeans/6119902610/in/photostream

My "dining" room. Again drowning in toys.

Roll on the conservatory although I am hoping to be able to squeeze in a small table for my sewing machine/craft stuff that I have yet to find a home for Surprised

sorry I can't work out how to show pics, only the links.
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Post  alec eiffel on Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:45 pm

Thanks for sharing your photos, I love those farmhouse style chairs. What colour are your walls? I can't quite tell.

To add a photo from flickr you just click the image button next to the link button above and copy&paste the link into the little box that pops up. I just need to remember to resize as all my pictures are huge.

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Post  froogs on Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:55 pm

Oh oh wood! It looks so cosy and homely LiT Smile

I rent too. We're lucky that this house was in real poor decorative order when we took the rent on so anything we do can only improve it so landlord is happy for us to redecorate according to our style as long as we don't mess with the fixtures and fittings. Also all the work we had done now needs redoing as the house had a complete rewire a couple of months ago.

This is my living room. You can see the patch where the pug has been taken out. There's patches like that on all the walls so the whole lot needs repapering. Also after two years we still haven't got the curtains either side of the bay window Embarassed



Now to what I like bounce an open fire or wood burner surrounded by a chunky oak fireplace. Lots of scatter cushions on sofa's but with added mulberry tones, candles and logs as fire side decoration, oak floor and a nice woolly rug. I like feature paper but painted walls... this house has terrible walls so needs to be papered throughout!

Do you childmind Bitsy? My house looked exactly like that when I did the job a little while ago. The thing with toys being in the area they add colour and interest. You can't beat natural and neutral colours with splashes of primary colours added in Smile I tend to agree with the feeling that taste is chaging as I get older. The house we lost was a modern new build and although I was devastated at losing it, living here, adapting my taste to fit the style of house has made me realise that this house we rent is far more homely than my previous box of cream minimilism - nothing wrong with with either, just trying to explain changing tastes.... mine have changed from opposite poles within two years.
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Post  dolly blue on Tue Sep 06, 2011 9:05 pm

Nice pics, over the last few years I've gone back to off white can't bring myself to use magnolia, it does have a name think it might be calico. Live in a old cottage with extension, timber framed to can't really use wallpaper in the square bits. I did think of doing a wall in the extension but was a bit of wallpaper, I was shocked how much wallpaper had increased since I last purchased so used paint instead.
I do have a painted wooden cottage style kitchen painted blue to brighten things up.
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Post  Bitsy Beans on Tue Sep 06, 2011 9:33 pm

Froogs I like your alcoves and what a nice big lounge. I forgot to add i really love your room to LIT.
I do child mind hence the resources all on display although they are a mixture of my own kids toys too. I am too ashamed to show pics of the rest of the house, bit untidy today and waaaaaaay to much clutter Embarassed

The colour of the Walls in dining rom are a sort of stone colour. I have to say people might knock magnolia BUT at least you can always buy it. Many of our paints like the ones in the dining room/kitchen you can't buy so any DIY or damage can't just be easily repaired and repainted. We have on the external wall on the stairway a lovely deep red. The one colour we found to match is now longer available and you have no idea how long it took to find that one Shocked
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Post  alec eiffel on Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:04 pm

Seems like raspberry/red is a popular colour with a few of us. Our old house was a big Edwardian terrace and we had one of the living rooms dark red, it was so cosy we loved it. We blanded it out to a really pale green for selling the house though. I love a bit of colour, we've stripped the dining area and it's currently white but we do have some green paint to put in there. The living area for the time being is going to be white but all the accessories are orange. Our bedroom is painted grey. The other bedrooms aren't painted yet but one had lots of red and orange accessories and the other is blue, turquoise and red. The bathroom still has the original 60's tiles - pink and black. I love them and wish the previous owner hadn't replaced the suite with a Victorian style one.

Froogs - we had the house rewired when we first moved in so your tiny patch where the plus was moved is nothing to the huge strips of nothingness we still have (16 months later!) I would love to have wallpaper but bunnies love it so it's just not worth it. Ikwym about changing tastes, we're really going for it with the 60's style in this house, totally different to the traditional style we had in the last house. But as the house looks just so 60's we thought we'd go with it and have some fun!

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Post  juliapenguin on Thu Sep 08, 2011 11:08 pm

I used to live in high-ceilinged Victorian semi, but now I'm in a modern apartment - the main room has the kitchen at one end, and sofas and dining table near the huge windows which make up the whole wall and look out on lovely treetops (with the occasional squirrel) - there's also a Juliet balcony so with the doors wide open it is lovely. The walls are white and the carpet beige, but it's in keeping with the style of the apartment. The two bedrooms also have the massive windows and French doors, and the two bathrooms are tiled in cream and white. OH has the ensuite bathroom (aka The Stink Chamber - I blame him but it might be an issue with the drainage) and I have the main bathroom so I can keep it lovely and clean and tidy for guests as well. It's so different to how I previously lived - I've got hardly any stuff so there's room for what I do have to be arranged just right.

A few years ago when we moved house we needed a whole massive removal van - now we could move with two carloads. We rent out the Victorian semi unfurnished, and the flat we ourselves rent is furnished, so all we've got are clothes, kitchen stuff, books and laptops. Amazing how much less stuff you need when the little birds have flown the nest!
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Post  flibsey on Wed Nov 09, 2011 4:00 am

hippy and ecclectic, with really hideous carpets which I feel I have to mention to guests "were not our choice".
livingroom and kitchen have a brown, beige, cream and red theme. main bedroom is white walled with a purple and gold and sari fabric theme, sophie's room is white walled with pink and hello kitty.
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Post  yam900 on Wed Nov 16, 2011 8:57 am

My style if i had a choice would be white all over and minimilistic. Of course my house is nothing like that because hubby has to have his say too.

I dont do ornaments and i dont do clutter. I like things to look simplictic and i like space.

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Post  alec eiffel on Wed Nov 16, 2011 8:03 pm

yam900 wrote:My style if i had a choice would be white all over and minimilistic. Of course my house is nothing like that because hubby has to have his say too.

I dont do ornaments and i dont do clutter. I like things to look simplictic and i like space.

Sounds good to me Yam.

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Post  mesh on Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:13 am

My bedroom has a large hand embroidered Kashmir wall hanging along with some Indian Paintings on court papers (thought they were a bit unusual when I bought them) the rest of the house is in a scandinavian style (all pale furniture, carpets and curtains) except the dining room which has my mothers oak furniture - barley twist legs etc. would like to get rid of it but feel spending £1,500 on a new table, chairs and dresser is a bit much, even found the stuff I would like but couldnt commit to spending that amount of money so its staying put. Smile
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Post  alec eiffel on Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:52 am

I love the Scandi look Mesh, like the sound of your wallhanging too.

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Post  mesh on Wed Nov 23, 2011 4:21 am

ohh ta alec eiffel, hows your wall hanging coming along?
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Post  alec eiffel on Wed Nov 23, 2011 7:13 pm

Plugging away at it, it's getting there! Thanks for asking.

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Post  MumofMany on Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:03 pm

I really dislike my homes style of decorating and furnishing at the moment, and as such this year my main goal is to completely refurbish the entire house (and add a new extension onto the back to create more room). Most of the walls in my house are still magnolia. We bought the house new just over 6 years ago and have barely decorated it apart from the children's bedroom, but we've moved the bedrooms around so much that they now need re-decorating especially our oldest two boys room (it's pink!)...



This is (what is now) the younger 3 boys bedroom (it was for our 4 boys before boy #5 came along) as we were just finishing decorating it. We hadn't quite finished at this stage, hence the half made bunk bed in the second picture. I'm thinking of now taking it to a very light green colour maybe? They all love dinosaurs, and have a lot of dinosaur accessories so I was thinking a pale green would fit that theme, but also once they've outgrown dinosaurs it'll still be a nice colour? Not sure! This is now the bedroom of my youngest boys who will (next week) be 2, 6 and 8 years old.


This was the girls room but has now changed to be my oldest 2 boys bedroom (they will shortly be 10 and 11 years old). I'm not really sure what colour to change their room too.



This is my hallway as it is at the moment, but I don't like it... So I'm thinking of changing it around, but am still in the middle of deciding what to do with it exactly. I quite like the idea of wood panelling on the lower part of the walls as that would be easier to clean the dirty fingerprints off but I'm not sure!

I like quite classical but luxury looks though, and I don't really think any of these fit my style very well. I decorated in this way originally because it was what my Husband wanted, but honestly I've never liked it and he knows it, so he's now giving me free reign to do as I please! This should be fun! LOL

I'll post pics once I've finished it all! I love sharing decor ideas!
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Post  alec eiffel on Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:12 pm

Thanks for the pictures, I love looking at other people's houses! Your home looks really light.

I like the idea of wood panelling in the hallway. It's something we've toyed with for our house, but we would do floor to ceiling. To me it looks really fresh but cosy at the same time.

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Post  ~KATIE~ on Fri Feb 10, 2012 2:53 pm

I love looking at other pictures of other people's houses as well. Am jealous of the lounge pictures on this thread. All I want this year is to move out and have a lounge to sit in of our own. We live with family now and the lounge is done up how they like it, not what I would cosy and the sofa is the most uncomfortable thing you can sit on, those in this thread look so comfy.

Every day I'm looking on the renting sites and dreaming of having a nice home.
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