Inspiration: Harry Potter, really?

There are two fundamental rules I follow when it comes to decorating my house: #1 Have fun.  I’ve said this about a million times already.  I don’t see any reason whatsoever to take decorating too seriously.  Unless you are a stuffy, boring person, there’s no reason your house should be. #2  Find inspiration everywhere.  And I do mean everywhere… Even Hogwarts!  Yes, I’m totally serious. This week Andy and I went to Orlando to visit Universal Studios, and specifically the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  We are huge Harry Potter fans.  The books are great.  The movies are great.  The… Read More

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Week seven: dining room

Long before I moved in, even before I bought this house, I knew I wanted the dining room to be pink.  Yes, pink.  For real. I mean, think of a dining room.  It’s formal and stuffy.  You don’t generally use it that much.  Why not paint it the most beautiful, happy, ironic color.  Why not have a gothic pink dining room?  Pink walls, dark furniture, pictures of dead relatives in gold frames.  Add some humor.  Have fun with it.  Besides, if it’s my house, no one can tell me not to… Especially when this dreary slate blue room is what… Read More

Week six: the rumpus room

When I was thinking about moving into this house, the tv room/family room/rumpus room was one of the few rooms I thought I didn’t want to re-paint.  It was a warm sort of olive green.  Not my favorite color, but not terrible.  But after about 8 hours in this room, I hated it.  It was dark and depressing.  The blinds were dark.  The lighting was dark.  It was the color of pea soup.  I don’t even like pea soup! This, unfortunately, is what I actually lived in for weeks.  A dark, depressing pea soup dungeon of piled-up furniture. The big… Read More

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