What is it about shopping for home decor?

  • Being

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    Sep 05, 2014 8:40 AM GMT
    Does anyone love shopping for home decor? If so where are your favorite places to shop? I love shopping for home decor because I like to look at lovely things. It's so interesting looking at the little figurines and the decorative candle stands, and boxes. The shops always has a nice inviting fragrance that melt away your trouble from daily life.
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    Sep 05, 2014 8:46 AM GMT
    ARRRGGGHHHH...I loathe tchotchkes...dust collectors.
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    Sep 05, 2014 2:48 PM GMT
    me and my partner cleaned up an estate situation, my parther's X actually:

    -t-shirts from every Broadway show that passed through Denver
    -boxes of DVD and VHS, dont have the play back methods anymore
    -clothing from the gap
    -ceramic junk from Disney of every shape and format
    -target table lamps with real light bulbs in them
    -furniture with cigarette burns
    -bright orange underware
    -trash bags of candles
    -hard copy books, magazines un read
    -towels and bedding from CostCo
    -5 year old peanut butter and salad dressing in the fridge

    and more stuff continues to stream in from Amazon.com


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    Sep 05, 2014 2:52 PM GMT
    bon_pan saidARRRGGGHHHH...I loathe tchotchkes...dust collectors.


    I say that as one who has loathes of waterford and orrefors and hundred year old hand painted oriental and european porcelain...and...

    It's sort of like art. You notice it for a month or two and then after that....dust collector.
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    Sep 05, 2014 3:16 PM GMT
    Too much of that stuff gives me hives. I have a few collections of specific stuff (vintage travel-related items mostly, not these purpose-built "collectibles" that seem to be like crack for some folks... my favorite was my cousin's mother-in-law who kept her Beanie Babies locked in a china cabinet like they were from the Ming Dynasty) and I have discouraged my family from buying me this kind of stuff because we have our place pretty much the way we want it to look. I stopped buying books, CDs and DVDs in favor of the electronic versions, and we have digitized and purged a lot of the stuff we had. We still have more to do.

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    Sep 05, 2014 3:22 PM GMT
    bon_pan said
    bon_pan saidARRRGGGHHHH...I loathe tchotchkes...dust collectors.


    I say that as one who has loathes of waterford and orrefors and hundred year old hand painted oriental and european porcelain...and...

    It's sort of like art. You notice it for a month or two and then after that....dust collector.

    Get a maid.
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    Sep 05, 2014 3:36 PM GMT
    ShiftyJK08 said... purged a lot of the stuff we had. We still have more to do.


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    Sep 05, 2014 3:37 PM GMT
    I'm the type would clean up before the maid hit....besides, old shit looks great with a layer of dust.
  • metta

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    Sep 05, 2014 3:53 PM GMT
    I really don't normally like old stuff. And I can't afford the really high end stuff. But the pieces that I like the most were custom made. All of them but one are made with natural environmentally friendly materials. These came from mom and pop manufactures in the US. It costs more to get custom work done than getting stuff in a regular store but a lot of that is because of the materials they used to make it and the workmanship that went into them.

    For physical stores, most of it came from Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Pier 1 Imports, and Crate & Barrel. But now that I look around, most of it does not come from retail stores. I prefer contemporary over modern or older styles. And I don't like to leave a lot of decorative stuff around. I think I have enough...but not too much.

    I live in an area that is almost surrounded by a national forest and river so I have a few Mangelsen's that I think work well. http://mangelsen.com

    I think that these are fun as well:
    I mixed and matched them to come up with my own set of 6.
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    I have this lamp...I really like it...it is made out of blown glass and it lights up in the bottom and top. It looks a lot nicer in person. The leaf at the top is also glass and looks really nice with the light from the window going through it.

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  • imbrad

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    Sep 05, 2014 3:56 PM GMT
    It is a lot of fun. I don't have enough money to really go wild so it's a constant activity... a lamp here, a painting there, a vase elsewhere. I like wondering around antique, vintage, and modern stores looking for random things that might play well together. Usually I rarely purchase anything in the name of frugality but the shopping is fun icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 05, 2014 6:07 PM GMT
    metta8 said


    I have this lamp...I really like it...it is made out of blown glass and it lights up in the bottom and top. It looks a lot nicer in person. The leaf at the top is also glass and looks really nice with the light from the window going through it.

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    I always liked lamps with shades that are wider than they are tall.
  • Webster666

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    Sep 06, 2014 3:31 AM GMT
    pellaz saidme and my partner cleaned up an estate situation, my parther's X actually:

    -t-shirts from every Broadway show that passed through Denver
    -boxes of DVD and VHS, dont have the play back methods anymore
    -clothing from the gap
    -ceramic junk from Disney of every shape and format
    -target table lamps with real light bulbs in them
    -furniture with cigarette burns
    -bright orange underware
    -trash bags of candles
    -hard copy books, magazines un read
    -towels and bedding from CostCo
    -5 year old peanut butter and salad dressing in the fridge

    and more stuff continues to stream in from Amazon.com


    is this all there is about lifeicon_rolleyes.gif





    This sounds EXACTLY like my ex boyfriend's apartment. Every wall in his living room was covered with shelves full of videos and DVDs and CDs. Plus, his entertainment center contained a laser disc player, a beta player, a VHS player, a record player, and on and on. Every single horizontal surface was covered in junk. You could use only the edge of the coffee table because the rest of it was piled with junk. He had lots of storage, but it was all jammed full of stuff he never used any more. He had a large storage cabinet in his garage that was full of cardboard boxes from every item he had ever bought.
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    Sep 06, 2014 4:07 AM GMT
    My husband was an Interior Designer for 35 years. I'd love to express myself with some furnishings, but I get overruled. I'm not qualified according to him, I don't have his credentials. So I have to accept what he decides.

    Now I also give him free rein in the kitchen, where I don't wanna be anyway. In fact, I buy him everything he needs there, to help him. But conceding interior furnishings is tougher. I was doing uplighting and puddling drapes in 1965. And I have no say in our home's appearance?

    So that's an area of contention between us. Gawd help 2 old queens living together.

    But I've been working on him. I'm infinitely patient. I've moved him away from his hideous Italian-Mediterraen heritage, with Greek columns, to a cleaner, more contempo look. In time I'll have him into retro Art Deco, which is already beginning to happen. When it does, I'll buy him the house he wants. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 06, 2014 4:10 AM GMT
    I was never one for buying my furniture and accessories out of a catalog, big box store or mall. In fact I had to go into a Pier One Imports for the first time in 30 years to pick up something for someone and almost broke out in hives. Even for modern stuff I prefer junk shops. These circa 1965 chairs I photographed at Salvation Army for example:

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    Where else can you buy an alabaster lamp (with the distinctive patina of age) for $14?

    I was always the one with "taste" and a "good eye" and made all the design decisions tailored to the space, from homey (read: intentionally cluttered) thirties cabin to sleek minimalist mid-century modern. My instincts must've been good because I was able to flip properties at a profit even in declining markets. But I'd be happy to cede control to a partner with better taste, particularly if he pays for it!
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    Sep 06, 2014 5:00 AM GMT
    Malls make me hyperventilate. I am the world's worst shopper. I don't like having things all over the place.

    When someone insists we "go shopping", if I can't avoid it I set my mind to going on expedition to some horror museum of modern culture. I do like but rarely go to architectural salvage shops which is like an archeological dig and Home Depot once had a store they called Expo which was useful when I was renovating an old house.

    I love intricate Asian arts. Pictures I've seen of Thai temples blow me away. But I can't consider any such thing for inside my home without thinking what it must take to dust that thing. I'm a minimalist when it comes to interior design.

    My thing is white walls with only very few wall hangings, plain floor, white ceiling, black highlights some natural wood cabinetry, easy to clean glass covered table tops without all the chachka and a few splashes of color. I'm done.

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