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But really, if I had talent #1, and could match stuff, I could probably make it happen for less money. Since I don't I will have to just buy a whole room pre-matched at the furniture store. Someday.... a girl can dream.
And in the mean time I don't invite people over.
Now I have in my house, a 1970's orange love seat, from my mom's basement, a black end-table that was a college dorm "special" at WalMart a couple of years back, and a piece of butcherblock on top of my enclosed cat pan that takes the place of an endtable. To me, it blends with our hardwood floor, and heck we have a dog crate, cat tree, and a freezer in our living room so who cares? pictures
We don't decorate much and have no style. Maybe that's a style.
Lately I've been feeling so crappy about my house. It's clean, and comfortable. But it's mismatched. Most of what I have I picked up cheap or used, here and there. I like all of it. I guess I've been spending too much time in my mom and MIL's houses, where everything is picture-perfect matching and bought brand-new, and I've gotten envious. I know that I can't afford stuff like that, and it would be incredibly wasteful to buy it anyway, especially with three small (and, dare I say it, DESTRUCTIVE) children in the house. My house fits my values. But sometimes I have "perfect house" envy.
We do and sometimes I'm embarrassed about it. :
We have a nice deep red leather (pleather?) rocking/reclining chair, a blue couch, a nice mahogony wood coffee table, and a lighter wood entertainment center and computer desk that sorta match. Most of it is second hand (except the desk which is a cheap assemble-yourself dealio from walmart) and we really just can't afford to buy new furniture that matches.
The only thing we really own that matches is our nice kitchen table and chairs that we got as a gift two years ago.
Do you have mismatched furniture?
We do, but it's on purpose. My style is what I call eclectic repurpose chic, lol. I shop thrift store, garage sales, craigslist and what have you. I'm fond of found objects and items from the 1960-70's. I like for my home to feel comfortable, yet unique. My items compliment each other, but they are not matchy matchy. I think it has a lot more character than purchasing a suite of furniture from a showroom. Maybe you just need to rethink your pieces. You can use paint as a unifying element. Also fabric can be a unifying element. You could have blue pillows on the couch and red pillow for the blue chair or something to that effect. I have some pix on my blog of my living room redux. It's all thrift store stuff or handme downs. I love it!
Sabrina , mom to 4 fab kids!
our sofa and and recliner sort of match. we bought them new in the last 4 years. we bought a nice wooden tv armoire a couple of years ago and that all gives our living room a modern cottage look. our dinning room table is a garage sale find from 8 years ago. our dinning chairs were bought unfinished and we painted them black. i would love to have matching-ish bedroom furniture because right now we have a bed with no headboard, one oak night stand DH made in high school (I don't have a night stand), a really nice dark-stained solid oak dresser drawer and a very cute white crib from Target. oh and a corner reading chair from a garage sale and a chair for DH to dress also from a garage sale. oh my, I had no idea how much came from garage sales!!!
i'm not embarrassed though because it's all work in progress.
Nothing matches at our house, either. We have a few inherited antiques, and the rest is freecycle, hand-me-down, or picked up off the side of the road. I still think our house looks very cozy and presentable, however.
Mommy to kids
We've got a purple loveseat and chair, a red leather chair, a blonde wood dining table, blue & sea grass dining room chairs. It works. The loveseat is currently white thanks to a discounted IKEA cover.
Mom to DD1 (11/1999), DD2 (07/2003), and DS (11/2012), all born at home and cloth diapered.
Sabrina , mom to 4 fab kids!
It's kind of hard not to be slightly embarrassed (even if no one else seems to care) when all your friends who are the same age have new or new-used matching living/bedroom sets. But they don't have kids so .
Mama to DS (3/7/06), DSD (11/17/02), DD (1/16/08 ) , DS2 (5/30/10) and Baby Quinn (R.I.P 3/22/13)
Our couch was my ILs couch like 20 years ago, my BIL got it when he moved off to grad school around 15 years ago, my husband got it around 10 years ago... .and we STILL have it. it is the most comfortable thing on earth, even if it is the ugliest. It has blue and white stripes...eventhough the white looks gray now.
We have an IKEA couch that my husband found in the dumpster. It was brand new but one of our neighbors was a couple, he left her... she had to move out. She has nowwhere to put the couch at her parent's house. We got it. It is bright green.
We have a rocker that my parents got at a garage sale before I was born... so over 30 years ago. They left it at our house one day and never picked it up. It is YELLOW like.. 60's yellow.
I bought my husband a microfiber brown recliner last year from Craigslist.
Wow, writing that up... we sure seem sad dont we? LOL.
trottin', pole dancing, Norway and Sweden lovin' , ,WOHM Kiddos born 12/11/06 and 08/09/08
with #3 EDD:01/2013 So in love with my sweet Swede and my bonus-son 10/25/98