Friday, March 25, 2011

Nice place to visit...wouldn't want to live there

Over the years, I've been fortunate to live and work right up the east coast of this great brown land of ours and even ventured south to Hobart for a year. But that was a long time ago.

Naturally, some places I liked more than others. Brisbane? Loved it. I felt right at home and even bought a house there, but eventually, I got transferred back to Melbourne.

Sydney? Not the place for me. I lived there for 2 years, and didn't really take to the city at all. Nice place to visit, etc....

...and so it is with some decor styles. I like to visit them but I really don't want to live with them.

Take Shabby Chic.

I like looking at it, visiting it at other people's homes/blogs, even like seeing how people put it all together and just "go with the flow" of all that deliberately distressed paint work. But living with it 24/7 would drive me bonkers. I'd want to get out there and start sanding and painting again. I like pre-loved, but not scraped and distressed.

I like all of these little cabinets, but I'm afraid I'd want to paint them because to me, they don't look finished.

Sure Number 10 has more than it's fair share of "footpath finds" and other second hand bits and pieces...but I just haven't been able to bring myself to "distress" them after spending all that time painting and restoring the darn things.

It's the same with modern  minimalism

It's stark and just doesn't look inviting - or warm. To me anyway. Too much emphasis on the style and not enough on the living.

I know everyone's different. My friend "G" doesn't like the idea of second hand furniture at all and she's is definitely not a fan of white. Her home is filled with new furniture and lots of colour...not a splinter of white wood to be seen.....

Is there a decor style you like visiting but wouldn't want to live with?


  1. A very interesting post. I have lived in Sydney, (originally Dwn), and now Brisbane. I'm still deciding where is home. I love Melbourne, but only been there for two brief holidays...
    With my own home I'm a mix... apparently 'Rustic Revival' from the design quiz I did a post with. Would love to know what you are too?
    (not that it means anything, but I found it fairly accurate).
    Happy weekend numero diez!

  2. Well I did the quiz and I was Cottage Chic, followed by Nantucket Style.

    Go figure


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