Post # 1
Thought other bees might sympathasize – my fi and I just moved into a cute little house we’re renting. The house does not have a lot of space, so I’m trying to be conservative in how we decorate. I’ve always been open to his style and things, but I’m getting annoyed lately! I want our house to look grown up and neat, and some of his things are a little.. sophomoric! He has all sorts of weird stuff, like a medical model of a human spine and this freaky clapping monkey toy from the 40s…It’s neat stuff but he has ideas that he wants them prominently displayed in the living room. I had to put my foot down on that one!! I love my fi, but he definitely does not have a “Decorator’s touch”… I find myself secretly groaning as he unearths the taxidermied bee collection and strange tourist souveniers! Any other bees have “typical men” who aren’t so keen on what makes a room look best? I have been compromising with him, but I can see the look on his face when I suggest we get a stand for the medical spine model, and NOT hang it from the ceiling like he’s suggested. LOL… Any other bees feel my pain? Love him dearly, but wow, he’s such a GUY, sometimes! Wouldn’t want it any other way, I guess :o)
Post # 3
My FI has four LARGE teenage mutant ninja turtle statues. They have to live in the basement.
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion
His stuff actually sounds kinda cool! Better, at least, than the Dude’s bobble heads and his massive collection of Transformers (yes, the new ones–every time we go to Target he has to look at the Transformer aisle!). My solution is to suggest to him that he bring certain things to work so that he gets to enjoy them every day, but they’re not cluttering up our house.
Post # 5
I am so glad you mentioned tourist souvieners! his family is OBSESSED with getting random crap from everywhere they travel to and putting it up in their homes. I on the other hand am not into clutter piles and refuse to display crap like that. I am more into pictures of the trip in a book, on a shelf……..
Post # 6
Bee collection? Those those suckers into a shadow box! They actually look really cool… couldn’t find a picture but I’ll keep trying!
Mr. KM has asked for decorating rights to only 1 room- his study. He asked me to “be kind” in the bedroom and not paint it orange or some other obnoxiously bright color when we move in together!
Post # 7
@KMSull, that’s a good idea!
A lot of his stuff IS cool, it’s just not right for display. Maybe that’s a good way to approach this is to find new ways to set it up!!
Post # 8
He’s into really “traditional” stuff. Boring in my book =]. Then i do my thing to a room (red, modern furniture, yet still practical, nothing too crazy, some neat lighting or art on the walls) and he’s like, “oh…this DOES look good”.
He did want to paint our bedroom orange….and i said “no way” then he goes “light orange?’ and i said “oh you mean PEACH? What are we, 50 years old?!?!”
He tries =]
Post # 9
I think my man would like to put lots of crazy things in the house, but his urge to have the house be a comfortable, classy place for guests overrules that impulse. He has philly phanatic dolls and sports memorabilia all over his work office, though. Works for us!
Post # 10
- Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School
Hahahah, my FH definitely likes more modern styles (which often border on cheesy 80’s, think geometric patterns and sharp angles) while I veer more towards a more old-fashioned, vintagey aesthetic…I do consider his opinion but let’s be honest, I win the decision about 99% of the time…
Post # 11
He doesn’t give a crap at all. My kinda man! 🙂
Post # 12
my guy actually has a pretty good eye for decorating but our asthetics are different. i like to have more overstuft chairs, warm and homey feeling while he is more into the minimalist look, sleek, clean lines. so combining to two will be interesting
Post # 13
T’s a very classic kind of guy. He is literally the polo man in his 40’s. He recently went out and bought for a dozen roses he got for me, a Vera Wang vase to put them in..that’s him.
While he’s done fairly well with his “man cave” (*what I call his house until I get there), he knows that the decorating is my family’s deal. My sis and I along with my great-aunt (retired designer and awesome!) will take the lead.
T just wants things elegant yet very homey. A place not so elegant that you can’t take your shoes off and relax. Or put your feet up on the coffee table! I can’t wait for this time next year when the focus will be shifted from wedding to married life and the whole house focus on getting it right and it being reflective of “us”!
Post # 14
We are similar on most things, but there was definitely at time where he wanted to display all his college things. He had this fiber optic lamp that I couldn’t stand. And then for the longest time, he just put it in the closet, but wouldn’t let me get rid of it! The worst was when he and a couple of buddies went to a shooting range in Washington for the day. He brought back one of those targets with all the bullet holes in it, and wanted to hang it in the BEDROOM! That poster now sits in our office, which is a decorator’s nightmare anyways.
Post # 15
My guy’s got a good eye for design — I don’t think he thought much about decorating a whole lot before we moved in together, and he’s sometimes surprised by what works, but he’s generally good. We’ve got a really similar aesthetic — clean lines, lots of books, classic furniture — so we’ve never yet had an argument about decorating.
Post # 16
He is a typical guy. He wants black overstuffed leather couches, chrome and glass tables and lots of posters on the walls. I vetoed everything.
Lets just say, he has no decorating skills. Which is fine by me. I love decorating.