Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Hotel de Haughty

Martha Stewart Living has been magically showing up in my mailbox recently. I didn't subscribe to it, but I sure ain't complaining. (Perhaps it’s a hint from the decorating gods? Or maybe someone in the subscription department seriously effed up.)

There's only one problem: reading it knocks my (rather high) self-esteem down a notch. Everything is so cute! And original! And colorful! I could never come up with those kind of ideas. Though, in some cases, that could work in my favor. I’m pretty sure pom-pom fringed curtains are about as attractive to men as naming a love fern and blabbering about your cayenne pepper and lemon juice cleanse.

In all seriousness: when it comes to home decorating, I have no taste. If I weren’t roommates with Elise, who picks out everything from my furniture to my color scheme, I would probably have a mattress on the floor and a beer can pyramid in the corner. (I did sleep on a mattress on the floor for the first six weeks in our apartment, until we hosted a dinner party and I realized Elise’s room looked like something out of House Beautiful and mine looked more akin to Animal House.)

Part of this might stem from a hesitation (or disbelief) in putting down roots. I grew up a Navy brat, became a nomadic college student, and then disillusioned New Yorker. Renewing my lease this fall will be the first time I’ve lived in the same place for twelve consecutive months since I was twelve. It’s time to put some pictures on the walls.

That said, I did a forced march through IKEA yesterday, where I stuffed a cart full of picture shelves and frames that were meant to make my room look like it was staged for a Pottery Barn catalog. I had a mild panic attack on the way to the checkout, however, and ditched my cart, saying I “just wasn’t ready” to make the purchase. What if there were cuter shelves out there? What if I could find cheaper frames? (Hey Ensley? It’s a trip to IKEA. Not a marriage proposal.) Maybe decorating, like my putting down roots, requires baby steps as well.

Below are some inspirational images I blatantly stole off the internet. Maybe my room will be decorated by 2013. For now, at least my mattress is off the floor. 

Carrie's revamped room in SATC: The Movie















13 comments:

dreaming in pink and green said...

I love the last one. Has a B on the wall...my first initial. maybe it's a sign!.

I agree, I could never decorate rooms like this, but wish I could.

Blair said...

This is hilarious. Mainly because it reminds me of how different my mom and I are... She can decorate a room in an hour and it looks marvelous. Yet, like yours was, my mattress is on the floor and 3 out of 4 walls are completely bare. Good luck with the decorating!

EmmyLou said...

ha ha I love you "I blatantly stole off the internet"...I am the exact same way! I am afraid to always actually decorate not because of roots but because I want a new look every week. I love going to Ikea but it can stress me out! Good luck!

Lillian said...

I feel like this is soo not how normal people's rooms look! That being said, the last one is definitely the cutest - love the monogram.

P.S. - I adore your humor, your posts never fail to make me laugh!

style'n said...

gorgeous and inspiring bedrooms! thanks for following my blog...following you back. I am from NC and my brother/sister in law are in Charlotte now...actually heading there in a couple of weeks. AND my daughter is starting Montessori in Sept at Kingsley here in Boston!!!
naina

woodbury99 said...

I LOVE the third one (sorry for the late comment but just found this!)

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