Friday, July 16, 2010

What is YOUR style?

So many of you already know that I'm moving to a different country and leaving everything behind. Furniture, appliances, EVERYTHING. Actually, I'm selling everything and have already sold all the big stuff (again, furniture and appliances). I still have SO many little stuff like baby clothes that I have been keeping in storage bags for future children. Christmas decoration, pretty much everything in my kitchen like cups, plates...I HAVE sold some plates but I still have some more. I'm taking all silverware and a few fancy crystal cups (I know, I'm crazy to take those in suitcases but I'm not leaving them behind).

We still have two desktop computers,  a printer, baby bedding, and toys to sell. I'm leaving in a few weeks and I have no clue what I'm going to do with all this stuff if I don't sell it.

It's amazing how much stuff we can accumulate over the years.  When I move, I'm pretty much starting all over again. As if we were newly weds, all over again. But now with children. We're going to have to buy beds, bedding, and other little things for them. We're going to have to buy (I keep writing BYU instead of "buy" 'cause I'm so used to it haha) a couch, a TV, a bed for us, a dining table, cups, plates...And this is just the basic stuff.

I have to admit I'm pretty excited to start all over again. Our house is going to be junk-free for a little while (probably not very long though). I'm going to be able to decorate again with stuff that is my style NOW, instead of having to stick with the stuff that was my style 4 or 5 years ago (because I wouldn't just sell everything and buy everything new "just because"). 

At the same time, I'm a little worried because I'm scared I'm not going to be able to sell the stuff we have left to sell and I'm also worried I'm not going to have enough money to buy (dang, I keep writing byu) everything we need to buy because we still need to buy a car, rent an apartment, buy food, EVERYTHING! And we're probably NOT going to buy all the house stuff at first, just the very basic. But I will want to buy a few things to make my house cute and comfy. It's not easy selling and giving away everything you have and then having to wait a long time to have it all again. I had so many decorations!!!! ARGH!
Anyway, I'm writing all this because this time around I really want to think about the big picture before I start buying things all over again and not just get a bunch of stuff that I like but that don't go so well together. I've been trying to find out what my style is, what kind of things I like...Because I probably won't have another opportunity like this anytime soon. Probably never again. But like I said, I'm not buying tons of stuff, just the basics, so I want to make sure I get nice pieces that I really like.

So since I've been researching all kinds of styles and still haven't found anything I really like, I thought about asking all of you this question: "What is your style?"

Lately I've been leaning more towards a more traditional style but nothing too fancy. I like simple, homey, and comfortable. But still stylish. I love pottery barn, but their living room styles all have a light colored sofa which is a big no-no for me. I wish I could, but it's impossible with kids. That's another thing, everything needs to be sort of child-proof.
 My friend has recently told me about the website which is pretty cool because you can make ideabooks with the styles you like for the different rooms in your house.

So feel free to comment and tell me about your styles, the kind of things you like, and the kind of things you hate (some people love leather couches and some hate it) and that you would never buy. Also, feel free to send me some links!

This is exciting stuff. I'll be seeing some of you pretty soon. ;)


Camila said...

Aline, I, like you, just love pottery barn. I have always wanted a white couch... I don't know, there's just something so clean and versatile about them. Anyway, I'm just writing to let know that having a white couch is possible. When we moved into out new home I needed two couches for the living room. I had my old living room couch, and my tv room red pull out couch from IKEA. The red definitely didn't go in my living room, so i decided to buy the white cover (only $50.00 by the way - and that's for the pull out, which is more expensive). I wash the cover about once a month (and I just trow it in my own washer and drier). I love the feeling of a clean couch. My other couch is microfiber and is much harder to maintain clean.
You might want to consider it. I'm even thinking of making a cover for my microfiber couch, because I'm so sick of how it's always so yucky.

2 + 2 = 4 said...

The best way to find your style is by ripping pages that you like out of a magazine and putting them in a binder.

You will notice that there is a pattern to it.

I will say this...don't rush into things. Research a lot. Garage sales are awesome for decor...and right now, re-couping things is IN!