I’ve recently found myself facing a bit of a quandary. How do two people with similar taste but totally different ideas about decorating and style cohabitate?
Many of you know that Mark and I have recently moved to a new place a together. While we quickly agreed on our amazing sofa (You can read about it here), new kitchen sink (learn more about that here) and cool grey curtains, I’m finding most of our decorating preferences are polar opposites. This dilemma really reared it’s ugly head for the first time when Groupon offered a deal to Allposters.com. I quickly hopped over to Allposters.com to check out their selection and I quickly came upon this.
|The Witches Sabbath|
“Hmmmm. I love the colors and ladies and goat but do I really want sickly/dead children - painted or otherwise - in my living room?"
So I started thinking maybe I would go with something else so I broke the news to Mark and showed him some of my new choices. Mark still liked The Witches. So I went on a journey to learn what I could about Goya (the artist and my memories of one of his other paintings are mentioned here) and the story behind the painting. It turns out that the painting is somewhat of a satire of the fear-mongering ideas that the heads of the church spread against those who did not conform during the time of the Spanish Inquisition. Take that fear mongers! So the print was back on.
“Yeah! Art with a message - BAD ASS!”
I thought. Well, I thought that at least for a few minutes until realized that there were still sickly/dead children in it. I just didn’t want to have them watching me while I’m chilling on the couch watching quilt shows on PBS.
FONS AND PORTER SHOUT OUT!
So I picked a few more options and there were a few others we agreed on, but Mark was still holding out for The Witches. So for a few days i think we looked at every print on the site and went back and forth shooting down each others ideas. In the end we never came to a total consensus, but one winner that we both liked almost as much as the first one.
|The Little Mermaid|
So I bought it!
Then just a few days later I brought over a few more of my things from my parents house where they have been living for years ever since I became a nomad. Among those things were two large mirrors. One I thought would go on my dresser and one would go on the mantel above the (non-working) fireplace. I was very excited for all of this until Mark got home and poo-pooed the idea of a mirror on the mantel. It turns out that while I had been picturing a mirror in the space from day one, he had been picturing a painting. Go figure. So again, over the course of a few days while the mirrors rested in the hallway we went back and forth about our ideas for the mantel and the living room as a whole. The problem has been temporarily solved since last Thursday my parents came to take us out to dinner and to see our place now that it had stuff in it. While I was at work Mark went on a cleaning mission (isn’t he great?) and ended up putting the mirrors where I had originally imagined them just to get them out of the hallway. It actually made me feel bad that I got my way by default so I know this issue will be revisited in the future so we can both love what it above the mantel. (Actually, now that it is up there I'm not sure that I love it.)
Sometimes it’s really hard for me to give up a decorating idea once I’ve envisioned it in my head but in this case, sleeping on it a few nights helped me to get over my original idea to know that we could come up with something we both like.
Have you ever gotten your decorating way by default? How did you feel about it? What poster would you have chosen from Allposters.com? Follow my blog with Bloglovin