Question by zoeskylark: Can Anyone help with Interior Design Advice?
I am a lover of the shabby chic feminine romantic cottage style. My husband prefers masculine, modern, dark furniture, Eames chair look. We live in a large open California style home with marble-like tile and metal windows. Much of our furniture and accessories is to his taste. Any suggestions about how I can bring more of my softer, “shabbier” look into our rooms? Or must I select a few rooms as “mine” and leave the rest to the hard-edge, leather-covered masculine style?
Answer by delyghtful
When we were buying new furniture the last time, I decided to make it more to MR’s liking. We bought dark brown leather furniture but the overstuffed style. Then I bought an area rug that is more colorful and put it at one end of the room. I added more feminine pillows and storage baskets and found some old crochet doilies [some I had made to copy those made by my Grandmother]. I have an older flower vine pattern liner for some of my Longaberger baskets and used artificial ivy vines here and there to fill in [and hide things I store under them in the baskets]. I bought an older writing desk and already had an older ladder back chair for the desk chair. My livingroom is a good mixture of cottage style and traditional man-style. In one area, I have a tall basket. All of my baskets serve a purpose. This one has a collection of walking sticks and umbrellas that we use. Also in the basket are tall artificial flowers that change with the season and add a bit of color among the useful collection of items. Your cottage style furniture can look masculine, too, if you do not insist on too many floral themes. When I want flowers added, I stop in at the flower shop or have a few seasonal artificial arrangements which I use sparingly. Add both of your collections to the decor. We have baskets, bells and antique block planes at different places [and a few teddy bears]. Over my computer area, I have an artificial grape vine. This livingroom is 15 X 22 feet in size so I actually have two separate areas because of the arrangement of the furniture.
Have fun with your decorating. That is my very best advice.
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