I should probably start this post with a disclaimer. I’ve had to worry very little in my married life about mixing our design styles. I’ve been blessed with a husband who could care less. So, while I could probably cover every piece of upholstery in floral fabric if I wanted, I do actually like a room with a good mix of feminine and masculine design elements. (Well, okay, I did just paint our bedroom pink—but it’s a very “masculine pink.” Ha!)
So, how do you mix his and her styles? (Especially if both parties are super opinionated?)
I guess first you have to assume there’s any style at all. :) I decided to dig out these gems from our first townhouse after we got married. This was circa 2000, and I hadn’t quite discovered my love for decorating, in case you couldn’t tell. . . My idea of “blending our styles” was to slap some sunshine yellow paint on the walls to “complement” the hunter green pleather monsters he had bought in his bachelorhood days. (Side note: I remember being completely ticked when he bought that couch set. We weren’t engaged yet, so I wasn’t offering up all of my opinions. But I kept thinking, “if we get married, I have to live with that!” I offer up ALL of my opinions now, btw. . .) I was also big on the ole “stick a fake ficus in every corner” trick. (Duh.)
We registered for that globe (What in the heck?? We needed towels!), and I hadn’t yet learned that buffet lamps should actually go on a buffet. ;) To my credit, I do see a little peek of leopard print in there. . .
My decorating style isn’t the only thing that’s changed in the last 16 years. . .
Well, after that, I’ve probably lost all credibility with you, but I’m still sharing my three best tips for mixing his and her styles in this week’s YouTube video I did for Wayfair’s Inspiration Insiders series:
So, what’s the biggest obstacle you’ve faced when mixing your styles together?
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