Monday, July 9, 2012

Split Personality


While browsing through Traditional Home magazine recently, I discovered something about myself.

I have a split personality.  Yes, I really do.

I have been tearing out pages to put in a file.  When we move to our next home, it could be on our mountain top property that I showed you pictures of here.

So if we build there, I will probably change up my decorating just a little.  I still want to have French Country as my style, but either a little more rustic, or a little more elegant.  See there is that split personality again :-).

Here are two pictures of living rooms with stone fireplaces.

This first one is elegant.  It has a rock fireplace and wood beams that would look great in a mountain setting.  But the beautiful French mirror, linen covered sofas and the soft color palette let you know that there is no roughing it in this home.


Now the one above is definitely more of a rustic French Country home.  The stone is more rustic, the wood beam mantel is more chunky.  The leather chairs have the home in the mountains look.

I love them both.

Yes, I have a split personality that shows up in my decorating desires.  Do you?  Is there more than one style of decorating you love?
Welcome Home,
Penny

26 comments:

  1. Penny at least yours is just split in two. Ha!
    Hugs,
    Cathie

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  2. Two beautiful rooms, Penny. My favorite is the "little more elegant" look.

    I don't know how I would describe my look. Maybe casual elegant.

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  3. I love both rooms you've shown, Penny.

    Through the years I went from Early American, to country, to a more elegant English Chippendale style. I think if I ever move to Colorado I would switch again to a more rustic Western look...lots of stone and leather like in your second photo.

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  4. I loved this issue of Traditional Home, Penny. Both these rooms spoke to me.

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  5. Both beautiful spaces Penny and it's hard to choose a favorite - perhaps taking elements from each room and blending would be my way. Love the second fireplace and the furnishings in the first - guess eclectic is my way but find the neutral/lighter colors more relaxing.

    Whatever you choose will be fabulous........you have the knack!!

    Hugs - Mary

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  6. Those are both beautiful rooms, but for me the the second one is wonderfully warm, appealing and livable. Maybe you could ask yourself what "feeling" you want in your home. Either option is wonderful!

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  7. I like a country French look, especially for kitchens. In dining rooms and living rooms, I like the more formal look of natural dark wood 18th cent. English furniture. I also like some Asian pieces -- which seems to work well with both styles (after all the French once controlled Saigon) and the fabulous English furniture designer Thos. Chippendale liked to create in the style now known as Chinese Chippendale. But whatever style it is, furniture has to be comfortable -- and used not just looked at.

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  8. I like the stone fireplace and chairs of the second picture, but I love the wood beams and openness of the first.

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  9. I've told my husband that I should have a couple of houses to decorate so that I could indulge my split decorating personalities and live in each one according to my mood.

    I'm leaning more towards elegant and calm these days, but can appreciate rustic and cozy, too. Sigh.

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  10. I understand the problem. Only mine is split and split again!

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  11. I KNOW I have a split decorating personality - split between cottage with lots if things everywhere and simple and uncluttered. Right now I'm simplifying and decluttering EVERYTHING! Making life simpler.
    ~Adrienne~

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  12. Both are great rooms, Penny! I can understand your split decorating personality.
    I think I'm a split between English Cottage and Traditional.
    Somehow they seem to both work, and I think yours will too.

    Hugs,
    Donna

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  13. Oh how I know what you mean! I love cottage and farmhouse and even the white on white looks in some rooms, and I love that rustic French country look! Aggghhh, what is a girl to do when she can't choose just one style?
    I know you'll narrow it down to something beautiful though:>)

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  14. I definitely have split decorating personality LOL Cottage, farmhouse and french country are the styles that I love. Eventually hope to achieve it in our home...so little money so many ideas! LOL

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  15. Oh yes, I share the problem of split personality, decorating-wise. I tell TGD that I need at least two more houses - I'd love a spare, Danish coastal house and a charming Cotswold cottage......then maybe a four-square in a seaside town and a wee bit of a chateau in the Loire....

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  16. I probably have somewhat of a split personality too when it comes to decorating. My husband doesn't care for the "mountain" look, so I have to sneak a little of it in here and there in our mountain home. We're more traditional with early American antiques kind of people with an occasional French flair. How about that for split (smile).
    Sam

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  17. For me the house itself seems to set the decorating tone but that is when the house is already built of course. Building your own house really gives you lots of options. I know yours will be lovely whatever you decide.

    Darla

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  18. At least you can keep your personalities down to two....they call me Cybal.
    I think I like the more "romantic" look...but both are beautiful.
    xo

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  19. No harm at all in having eclectic tastes. I like both your choices.

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  20. I like Pondside's idea that we all need more than one house to try out all our different ideas and designs. And we're all such nice women, I think we deserve them too!! :o)

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  21. LOL! If you have a split personality....I have multiple personalities!

    PS Thanks for the inspiration!

    blessings,
    karianne

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  22. I'm guessing what shop in Blowing Rock that you got that amazing vase in! And love your fireplace options, though I'd go for the second one; the first is pretty to look at. Your Confit Pot is wonderful. I love it's shape and color. You will find all kinds of ways to show that off!

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  23. The first room lights my candle, the second is a little Kitsch; Take away the picture over the mantelpiece and I'd be happier with it.

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  24. I mix things up all the time. If I like it, I use it. You have shown from your previous homes that you have impeccable taste. How exciting to be planning a new home. I am so happy for you!

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  25. Oh I hear you. I like almost everything so this is a huge challenge for me. I tend to stick with things that are easy and affordable so "elegant" will never be my style, though I enjoy seeing an elegant room. Sounds as if you two may be getting closer to a decision. How exciting!

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  26. Penny, I can definitely relate. I like many looks and my style is fairly eclectic. So like you, both of these looks appeal to me.
    How fun to think about building on your mountain top.

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