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21 September 2014 @ 05:26 pm
On Decor  
When I was younger, I never would have considered myself to have good style or aesthetic sense. Or rather, I wouldn't have considered my style as something that the average person would think of as good. It helped that until our current apartment, I never really had the opportunity to actually decorate to my satisfaction, but I'm also pretty sure that if you had given free range to the me from, say, ten years ago, it would be all black paint on the walls and black curtains and H. P. Lovecraft posters on the walls and so on. And that's not objectively a bad aesthetic, but I don't think it would age well.

These thoughts were prompted by finding a large table at Scout in Andersonville that has maybe 1.5 square meters of space, a few drawers in it including one that we could use as a silverware drawer, and is made of wood. softlykarou really liked it, and it's true that much of our apartment is furnished in antique wood or wood built by my father. We decided that we should think about it, and anyway we needed to go home and measure the kitchen to make sure that it would actually fit there, and then I started having second thoughts. It's true that the crappy IKEA flärke bookcase we currently have in there doesn't fit at all and has no additional space...but on the other hand, I wasn't sure if the new table would fit either. It was more weathered wood, like something out of a log cabin. And there's nothing wrong with that--I actually quite like that style--but since the rest of our decor is all polished wood, it wouldn't have fit in.

It's also $800, which admittedly did figure into our decision, but the real problem for me was the appearance. I think what I want is something like this. Maybe a bit darker wood, and with a slightly different configuration of drawers. As softlykarou mentioned, for that amount of money we should hold out for osmething that makes both of us happy.

I'm actually surprised at myself. We had a housewarming party last night and got a lot of compliments on our apartment, and softlykarou was quick to mention to people that it was mostly the results of my aesthetics. Which is true, yes, but...I'm a good decorator? I can coordinate things to the degree that people compliment us on it? It's not a goal I would have aspired to only because I didn't realize that it could happen. I was just setting things up the way I liked them.

Maybe that's the secret.
 
 
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ccamfieldccamfield on September 21st, 2014 10:36 pm (UTC)
This thread is useless without pictures ;)

I kid, of course!

Edited at 2014-09-21 10:36 pm (UTC)
dorchadasdorchadas on September 22nd, 2014 01:00 am (UTC)
I did promise pics of our new apartment a while ago!

...but our office still has bare walls, so until we get those maps up there, it'll be a bit. Then I'll do a decor post!
Wouldn't you like to know: Togetherlibby_may on September 22nd, 2014 01:11 am (UTC)
It's a skill I wish I had! So very lucky :).