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I'm loving the links and spending far too much time looking at them. My trouble is I am too anxious I will make my home look like a child decorated it. The only two rooms I have painted in 2 years are the childrens bathroom and the laundry room. Both are a very bright green and look great, but bright colours like that probably wouldn't work for the rest of the house.
In my old home (a little rancher) a colour expert came and helped me to pick out colours which complimented our furniture and art. The house looked stunning, then when we had to sell our agent told us it would pit prospective buyers off and we needed to paint every wall white.
You could try getting just a quart of paint and painting one large area to start and see how you like it.Don't worry if it seems childlike.All that matters is that you like it.And you can always paint over it if you change your mind.

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My house is most certainly not bare! I'm just not into the minimalist look for my own home. It's a small house but it feels relatively uncluttered to me... I do have stuff, but it's happy stuff. I like it.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/2382733...7612170505819/

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My house is most certainly not bare! I'm just not into the minimalist look for my own home. It's a small house but it feels relatively uncluttered to me... I do have stuff, but it's happy stuff. I like it.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/2382733...7612170505819/
I LOVE your house ! Definitely a happy place with happy stuff . Thanks for sharing pictures!
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My house is most certainly not bare! I'm just not into the minimalist look for my own home. It's a small house but it feels relatively uncluttered to me... I do have stuff, but it's happy stuff. I like it.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/2382733...7612170505819/
I have 3 of those lanterns (mine are brushed metal from IKEA) and I hung mine in the corner at staggered lengths. I think it's so fun!

LOVE the birds too. I found some on Etsy that I'm going to have flying around my kitchen.

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Maybe some plants?
I've killed every plant I've ever brought into the house even the supposedly unkillable ones. Which is so weird because I can grow flowers and veg outside really well.
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My house is most certainly not bare! I'm just not into the minimalist look for my own home. It's a small house but it feels relatively uncluttered to me... I do have stuff, but it's happy stuff. I like it.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/2382733...7612170505819/
I love that your daughter is so much a part of your home.Thanks for sharing!

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I've killed every plant I've ever brought into the house even the supposedly unkillable ones. Which is so weird because I can grow flowers and veg outside really well.
Ahhh...well,I guess that means you and house plants were not meant to be.

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to me it means that there's no clutter. Not that the clutter is organized, that the clutter doesn't exist to being with. I love pictures on the walls for a personal touch in a home, and I love using natural things as art (arranging fruit or flowers). Otherwise I like cleared surfaces and floors. It just feels better to me, and is so much easier to clean. For example, I don't own books. If I want to read a book, I read it and return it. I never read books twice anyway.

Although I admit I LOVE whoever it was that had their dining room decorated for each season, simply beautiful. But that wasn't clutter, that was just simple decoration.

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to me it means that there's no clutter. Not that the clutter is organized, that the clutter doesn't exist to being with. I love pictures on the walls for a personal touch in a home, and I love using natural things as art (arranging fruit or flowers). Otherwise I like cleared surfaces and floors. It just feels better to me, and is so much easier to clean. For example, I don't own books. If I want to read a book, I read it and return it. I never read books twice anyway.

Although I admit I LOVE whoever it was that had their dining room decorated for each season, simply beautiful. But that wasn't clutter, that was just simple decoration.
I guess that's the question.And the place where people have such different answers.What is clutter?And I guess the question I'm trying to answer for myself.When is something clutter instead of the things I love to have in my home?

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Experiment, put all but essentials away in a box and live like that for a week. If you miss all your stuff, bring it back and find some nice way of displaying/organizing it. Do what makes you happy

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I guess that's the question.And the place where people have such different answers.What is clutter?And I guess the question I'm trying to answer for myself.When is something clutter instead of the things I love to have in my home?
this is obviously a question only you can answer for yourself, but for me, i know that something is clutter when i'm constantly "tripping over it". in other words, if it seems that i'm just shuffling it back and forth to different spots then it becomes "clutter" to me and i get rid of it.

i think i'm the one with the dining room decorated for the seasons.......which i love to do. but i only decorate with things that are meaningful to me. for instance, the department 56 village that we put out at christmas....... my mom started me on that collection when i was in college. she has the "dicken's village" and we put it out every year growing up. so she took my love of nyc and found the "christmas in the city" series and started buying me a building every few years so i could have a "little bit of my childhood christmas" when i left home. then when i got married she bought us a couple more buildings the first few christmases and now my hubby and i occasionally pick up one that we just MUST have.....right now we're on the lookout for the next cathedral. it's become a tradition carried over from childhood and i've been collecting them now for a good 15+ years.

i would never just go out and slap something like that together. so for us, it's definitely NOT clutter, but rather a tradition we are passing on to our children. and one we all really enjoy!

just an example. don't mind the lady blabbering. lol!

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To me, clutter is something that is not in it's intended spot. If it doesn't have an intended spot, it then becomes junk.

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My house is most certainly not bare! I'm just not into the minimalist look for my own home. It's a small house but it feels relatively uncluttered to me... I do have stuff, but it's happy stuff. I like it.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/2382733...7612170505819/
LOVE LOVE LOVE your
House!!
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eurobin, your home is warm, inviting and has personality. I love all of the throws and rugs. It looks like one could relax there.

I couldn't relax in some of the places where e v e r y s i n g l e thing has a place.





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My house is most certainly not bare! I'm just not into the minimalist look for my own home. It's a small house but it feels relatively uncluttered to me... I do have stuff, but it's happy stuff. I like it.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/2382733...7612170505819/

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Here's one I came across today

www.flickr.com/photos/30770046@N04/sets/72157607781406061/

I have always wanted a chandler but after seeing this lantern branch I think it is perfect

http://www.style-files.com/
Liked that series of photos except for the cowboy/rifle. I would hate to look down the barrel of a gun every day. Bad vibes.

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I found this by accident and fell in love! I love the fact that the photographer shows some clutter that later becomes something nice I think this is what we are all aspiring to even though all of our tastes are different...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/moline/sets/7215760134561

well in the link (I can't figure out how to do it) click on the last box not the ones with the dolls you'll see what I'm talking about!
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don't mind the lady blabbering. lol!
I like the "lady blabbering".

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I like the "lady blabbering".

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oops wrong quote...but you who I'm talking about should know I'm talking about you're house


oh oh that picture in the living room of the women & baby, I so wanted to buy that at IKEA but it was a little above my budget. love it!

on another note...
lady blabbering is what forums are all about lol.

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this thread has been very helpful for me. I struggle between everything either being too cluttered or pretty much empty and bare. I need to find a medium here.

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I found this by accident and fell in love! I love the fact that the photographer shows some clutter that later becomes something nice I think this is what we are all aspiring to even though all of our tastes are different...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/moline/sets/7215760134561

well in the link (I can't figure out how to do it) click on the last box not the ones with the dolls you'll see what I'm talking about!
I just get an "oops" link. Which set in the photostream?

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I just get an "oops" link. Which set in the photostream?
I think I found it: http://www.flickr.com/photos/moline/...7601345612952/

What a peaceful and beautiful home she has! :
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I think I found it: http://www.flickr.com/photos/moline/...7601345612952/

What a peaceful and beautiful home she has! :
I liked the Mexico one better.

She sure makes Ikea look great.

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I liked the Mexico one better.

She sure makes Ikea look great.
Oh, I missed that one! Yes, she is a great designer...makes me wish I had a couple grand to go on an IKEA shopping spree .
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Of course you can't beat the view at the home in Istanbul!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/moline/...7608484463664/
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OOO I didn't know she had other "home Corners" I really like her design style its homey but visual but not all white or cluttery looking! I also like the fact that in some of her pictures she shows the process of getting her look and you see all her "clutter"
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Wow! I am rarely envious, but man, I LOVE those homes. They are supposed to be inspirational, but now I am just depressed about how far we have to go!!! We've been remodeling houses since we got married-almost a decade. I just want it all to be DONE! Good eye candy though.
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oh gosh I love the Istanbul one...looks like a constant vacation. So peaceful.

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