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Tuesday, May 03, 2011
I'm addicted to HGTV, and it's not just me. Millions tune in and watch people buy houses, fix up houses, get decorating tips. My favorite is Househunters. Is it because we like a peek at other people's lives or is that we like to imagine ourselves in that position? Whichever it is, that's kind of what we do as readers too. We put ourselves in the homeowners shoes and then take those things we learn and apply them to our lives.

Right now, I'm eyeing my dining and living rooms. I want to strip off the wallpaper and go with paint, even though this old Victorian seemed to cry out for wallpaper. My tastes have changed. I even look at the fabulous red oak woodwork and imagine what the decor would look like painted. But I can't bring myself to commit such sacrilege. LOL But I CAN imagine replacing it with boards I could paint without guilt. :) Not sure what I'm doing to do yet but I want to go with something traditional, just not Victorian. I'm tired of the busyness of Victorian. I even would like to see a gray green on the walls when I've always been a blue and yellow sort of girl.

How about you? Have your tastes changed since you decorated your home? If you could change whatever you wanted in your home, what would it be? And is it a surprise to you that you've changed so much?

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Colleen Coble  
posted at 12:55 PM  
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At 7:31 PM, Blogger jel said...

I have always wanted a Log Cabin, too live .

since we don't have HGTV, I look at home mags , to do my dreaming :)

hope all is well your way!

At 10:21 PM, Blogger Liz said...

Oh my goodness, I love HGTV and the DIY Network. My husband and I bought a gut-remodel (one month before we found out we were expecting our first). :)

My taste has definitely changed since I got married 6 years ago and first had my own place to decorate. Back then I was more into lots of busy-ness. Big, colorful, floral patterns were my favorite. Shortly before we moved to this house my taste began to change. Come to think of it, we had some other major life changes around that time too. I guess it's not surprising that the two go hand in hand as those sort of things really change who you are. I am into a much more calm and uncluttered look. I find it looks cleaner when it's clean and is more restful.

BTY, I just painted my kitchen a grayish green and it was a hard color to get right. I ended up painting it twice, but in the end the right color was Benjamin Moore's Paris Rain. Everything else looked too minty. If you decide to try for that kind of color, I highly recommend it.

At 12:24 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

jel!! We can see the real you! Gorgeous!

When I married Mel and moved into his home over fifteen years ago, we remodeled to test our marriage. It worked! We both like simple. I love a beach feel, light, airy, easy. Unfortunately, our house is filled with too much stuff, too many gifts from loved ones we can't put away because they're dear to us. I'm redoing one room at a time to get that simple feel, and we're decluttering, especially since the flooded basement last week. That'll help you toss things you discover you haven't used in ten years.

At 9:16 AM, Blogger Sheri said...

I have changed. I used to be a knick-knack sort of gal with figurines and pictures everywhere. Now, I've taken them all down and put them away. I don't know if its laziness in not wanting to clean (lol) or if it's the fact that I have 3 young kiddos. Either way, the lack of decorations has been replaced with hand-colored pictures and paper snowflakes. It's home.

At 3:45 PM, Blogger Susie said...

I too love HGTV and DIY. After 20 yrs of marriage we finally got to actually do our kitchen the way we wanted it. We bought our first kitchen appliances. We had always left things the way they were with the houses we bought. My taste have definitely changed. No more country victorian for me. I am loving the simple traditional look of stainless appliances, granite counter tops (my splurge), and painted, glazed cabinets, very Tuscany! I feel like I am on vacation in someone else's kitchen. I am loving it. Paint is good but please don't cover the oak. It is too beautiful. I'm with you; the wallpaper must go. I got rid of mine in the bathroom last year and am loving the simplicity of paint, very soothing. Enjoy!

At 6:15 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Oy, have they! The hubs is having a fit because I want to sell my dining room set (I won't tell you how much it cost, but it's imported from Italy and mahogany in a deco style) and get a farm style table. One that we don't pitch a conniption fit if someone sets anything on it. I was one I can use and let the grandkids eat at.

At 10:02 PM, Blogger Peg Brantley said...

When we bought our home, the valance in the kitchen had been designed to match the hand-painted tiles. Blue and mauve flowers. A few years ago, the ugh-factor required a change. We went with slab granite and a much simpler valance.

Curretly, I have those paint samples (thank goodness at a little larger size) sitting in the guest bedroom, the master bedroom and my writing area, which is the walkout portion of our home.

There is something about Spring, isn't there?

At 6:32 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Jel, you should see Denise's house! She's got the most gorgeous log home you've ever seen!

Liz, Paris Rain. i'll remember that!

Cheryl, there is a good side to every problem, isn't there? :)

Sheri, I think that's why I'm tired of the Victorian look. Too many THINGS.

Susie, you are describing my dream kitchen! Lucky girl!

Ane, Dave objected a bit when I said I wanted to change stuff up. Then he was okay with it. Of course we haven't actually STARTED yet. LOL

Peg, I think you nailed it. Spring! :)

At 5:53 PM, Blogger jel said...

Thanks Cheryl, I was feeling brave. :0)

Colleen, It's might bee a good think I can't see it. don't want the green eye monster to show up!


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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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