The gay decorator gene...

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    Sep 11, 2008 1:29 PM GMT
    OK - I am happy to admit it, I must have been out to lunch when they were handing out that particular gene... and my partner is equally clueless.

    The new - refurbished - house is almost ready for the designer/decorators though so I have spent the entire week with them looking at paint chips, and fabric swatches, and listening to them drone on about antique furniture...

    We should never have started this project (~5200 sq meters in the main house).

    'I would rather face a thousand deaths.'

    If I have to look at one more 'sample' I think I will go stark raving mad.

    Mad I say: Mad!
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    Sep 11, 2008 2:01 PM GMT
    Paint it black and call it Batcave! icon_cool.gif That's the only decorator gene I got.
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    Sep 11, 2008 2:15 PM GMT
    ITJock saidOK - I am happy to admit it, I must have been out to lunch when they were handing out that particular gene... and my partner is equally clueless.

    The new - refurbished - house is almost ready for the designer/decorators though so I have spent the entire week with them looking at paint chips, and fabric swatches, and listening to them drone on about antique furniture...

    We should never have started this project (~5200 sq meters in the main house).

    'I would rather face a thousand deaths.'

    If I have to look at one more 'sample' I think I will go stark raving mad.

    Mad I say: Mad!


    5200 square METERS?? That's nearly 56,000 square feet, the same size as the White House! But even 5200 sq ft is big. I'm sure you'll be pleased with it when it's all done.
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    Sep 11, 2008 2:31 PM GMT
    Lemme send you my hubby... he is an HGTV afficcionado (sp?) with a really good sense of style.
  • konfuzed

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    Sep 11, 2008 2:40 PM GMT
    Hah I can do colors evidently ok--at least, I got a compliment on redoing the kitchen and dining room after rebuilding them and getting asked for what they were--but otherwise I kinda pull the "well it goes together at Ikea" thing and stop.

    How my straight brother became so flamey and able to decorate with just that sorta touch of flair, I'll never know..
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    Sep 11, 2008 2:42 PM GMT
    Screw the samples, just tell the decorator to just do it. If they are good at what they do they should know by know what your likes and dislikes are.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Sep 11, 2008 3:26 PM GMT
    One of the few ways someone could suspect I'm gay: the decorating gene.

    Enjoy decorating, but in a pretty masculine way, both as to the basics of household decor (but my bf claims he has the upper hand) and decorating for the holidays.

    Start with the colors you like and get some input on what would be most appropriate based on the size of your rooms, the atmosphere you would like to create and the amount of lighting available. Also consider what you dislike. Thats all pretty basic, but I think its a good place to start.
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    Sep 11, 2008 3:47 PM GMT
    Just tell the decorator what you like and don't like. Give examples because everything you leave out will be filled in by the designer.
    For example: "I like dark colors, I don't like a lot of leather furniture. Antiques are not important to me. I read a lot. I want my dogs to have the run of the house. I entertain a lot, but don't cook that much. I like a clean modern look. I don't like frilly designs. etc." Basically, you are telling the designer both your likes, dislikes and how you live on a day to day basis.
    Have them show you a couple of designs (ideally 3) and not mire you in details.
    Once you see the designs, say whether you like something or not and why.
    It's their job to come up with this, particularly if your doing an entire house, regardless of the size.
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    Sep 11, 2008 4:54 PM GMT
    Nah man I love my decorator gene.
    Nothing like being able to arrange your house in a way that's functional and relaxing.
    Now, if i only had the MONEY to make the decorator gene happy...
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    Sep 11, 2008 5:59 PM GMT
    It is a mixed blessing to have someone in the household with the decorator gene. My other half has one in a big way, no, on second thought, I think he has one on both alleles. It is a mixed blessing because the place looks great but on the nightmare side is the fact that he is always straightening up after me and sometimes this drives me MAD.

    For example, if I do not replace the bowl on the dining room table exactly in the middle when we are done he comes along afterward and gives it a little nudge or if I knock a picture slightly out of whack another nudge is required. Jeez, believe me, no one would even notice.

    So, my suggestion is for you to clear out and maybe take a vacation while the designers are at work You sound like you are just about done giving your opinions so take a needed break, then come home to a beautiful place.
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    Sep 15, 2008 12:45 AM GMT
    We are thinking about renovating a house again. Grrrrrrr.... drives me crazy too. My partner loves it and he was born with the Martha Stewart gene. I love the demolition part of the renovating. I get to release a lot of stress with the reciprocating saw and sledge hammer.

    It is time consuming but at least he has the eye for these things. I have no clue what potential a piece of property might hold. He walks in a "dump" and starts pointing at where this and that can go after the renovation. All I need him to tell me is where to tear out the wall and what to dismantle and I am fine.

    Good luck Rob!! Enjoy the gay part of refurbishing a home!!!
  • Timbales

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    Sep 15, 2008 1:28 AM GMT
    I demo'd the bathroom, insulated, installed and finished the drywall, painted and sewed a curtain for the window. icon_biggrin.gif I like decorating and demolition.
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    Sep 22, 2008 7:51 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa said

    5200 square METERS?? That's nearly 56,000 square feet, the same size as the White House! But even 5200 sq ft is big. I'm sure you'll be pleased with it when it's all done.



    Actually I think I meant the equivalent of around 18000 sq feet or 1650+ sq m... my bad math conversion skills...

    But I think that total includes my one over the top indulgence: I insisted on a SC lap pool in the new basement (25 m x 15 m [6 lanes]).
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    Sep 22, 2008 8:13 PM GMT
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    The gay decorating gene...I has it!