Making it your own*

I love the internet. This is not a new revelation, my love goes waaaaaay back. Back to the time you couldn’t be on the phone when someone was on the WWW and that distinctive noise let everybody know you were about to check your email.

I love that you can ask it questions you wouldn’t dare ask a real person. I love how you can live vicariously through travel blogs, get recipe ideas from cooking pages and keep up with your mates on good old facey. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Facebook as well-unashamedly. UNASHAMEDLY I TELLS YA!!!

Anyway, the reason for my declaration of love does have something to do with houses. It is continuing to encourage me to decorate our house the way we want. Not for re-sale, not to someone else’s taste. Just the way WE want it.

Working on the kitchen has made me see how limited options are for the masses. Of course if you have a bottomless pit of money you can have things made for you but for us on a budget getting creative is the only way to go if you want something other than greige. Australia seems to be fixated on resale. Why the hell do we try and make decisions based on the thoughts of someone we will likely never meet? I understand if you are renovating to sell this is the goal but if you are making a home why not have the wallpaper YOU want, or the kitchen YOU want to cook in. Choose your favourite colour to paint the outside and make the neighbours talk and for gods sake and enjoy the place you pay for and spend a shit load of time at/in/looking at.

America is all over it-of course. They make their homes their castles and don’t give a rats about whether that ‘one day buyer’ might not like their paint colour choice. So while I go through my stacks of pictures (both actual and on pinterest) I am encouraged to go with my gut and make the house one we love living in (it would have been hard to discourage me but I feel more confident seeing other people doing it-if that makes any sense!?).

Check these babies out if you fancy some pretty decorating…

http://makingitlovely.com

http://www.smittenstudioonline.com

http://www.designsponge.com

Meanwhile the kitchen is progressing and we are going through paper plates at a rate of knots. I am off to IKEA this week to collect the cupboards I have settled on. Still on the hunt for some marble shelves…any tips??

*This is a sweeping generalisation about Australian vs. American design-SWEEPING GENERALISATION

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