Moving house five times in three years has had some dangerous side effects. One is that every time we move, I become obsessed with interior decorating. I collect paint swatches and create a million Pinterest boards and I actually read catalogs (before I report them to PaperKarma, who un-friends them on my behalf). We are three weeks from closing on our new house and my interior design obsession is back.
But as much as I love my friends’ eclectic and artsy homes, my own personal style is not super adventurous. I wear black mostly, and I am not a huge accessories and make up girl. I wish I was, but I’m just not. When it comes to my environment I like my walls white. Or antique white or slightly beige tinted white or white mixed with one tenth gray. My furniture needs to be classic and comfortable. The art I am drawn to is the art that makes me feel comfortable. My worst nightmare is abstract expressionism.
For me, the only question to ask is, what would Nancy Meyers do? Because Nancy Meyers and her neutral palettes and French doors and wainscoting and cafe kitchens and good lighting really do it for me. Does that make me boring? Does it make me too safe? Does it make me old? If it does, so be it. So be all of those things.
Now that we have a house where we will be living for a while, I’ve decided there will have to be some major furniture acquisitions. We need side tables and headboards and lounge furniture and an ottoman. We also need some lamps. And rugs. We definitely need rugs.
We need to get some things for the boys’ rooms too because Finn’s upgrading to a much bigger room and Bennett will have a room to himself at the new place. And I’m going all out on the baby’s room. Because this is my last chance to really create a gorgeous nursery.
Finn’s room can be cute but it also needs to be functional. It’s going to be easier to decorate the nursery because a baby doesn’t want to pull down your fairy lights. Or he might want to but he can’t. And while I would love to go nuts in Restoration Hardware Baby & Child, I don’t have $4000 to spend on wall art, even though their African animal prints are so lovely and four of those would really make a bedroom don’t you think?
I still have to put everything into a budget but you’ve got to cast a wide net and then cinch it in. These are the things that are making me all aflutter.