How is Your Home Furnished?

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    Jul 26, 2009 6:40 PM GMT
    Did you "decorate" it yourself? Or did a friend/boyfriend/lover do it for you?

    Did you hire an interior designer?

    Or maybe you don't care and live like a caveman?

    I'm re-doing my apartment and have no clue to colors, furniture etc. So I am getting one of my good friends with excellent "gay gene" skills to help me out.
  • baldone

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    Jul 26, 2009 7:56 PM GMT
    my home....well...post divorce....i have what she left...and am building from that...is slowly turning out very casual and comfortable....warm muted tones on the walls, darker chocolate furniture in family room.....floral in living room which badly needs replaced.....looking for used pieces to refurnish living room...
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    Jul 26, 2009 8:09 PM GMT
    When we moved in together (more than 6 years ago), my BF had more furniture than me, so we took most of his stuff and decorated around it. My BF is also color-blind, so I picked most of the colors with the aid of my best gal pal. Over the years, we've replaced certain pieces, added stuff, decorated the second bedroom into an office.
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    Jul 26, 2009 8:13 PM GMT
    I decorated it myself. I seem to have the stereotypical knack for it.
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    Jul 26, 2009 8:54 PM GMT
    my bf works in the design industry and has stronger opinions than mine. i tend to like minimal, even spare furnishings, just the basics, allow for some open space and show off the rooms architecture more. on the other hand, bf never met a surface he didn't want to refinish or a space he didn't want to fill. icon_rolleyes.gif
    still... he has good taste overall and access to outrageous luxury peices and fabrics. i can't complain: the place looks gorgeous, it's just a but "busy" for me.
    a good lead, pick up a few design mags to get ideas. also if you like a look you've seen at west elm, say, or crate and barrel, make life easy and just buy it all from there, no muss no fuss. icon_biggrin.gif good luck!
  • GQjock

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    Jul 26, 2009 9:15 PM GMT
    I like doing my places myself
    I dated an interior designer for a while
    and even then I listened to his advise but I still did my own homes

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    Jul 26, 2009 9:42 PM GMT
    Since I'm an architect, I do everything on my own. If there is work to be done like carpentry, painting, electrical, etc..., I do that too. I hated renting places because I always wanted to change the paint, etc... Most of the time I actually did too. icon_smile.gif

    Here's my place in Hoboken from four years ago.
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    And, one of my places here on the island as I was finishing the painting:
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  • HndsmKansan

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    Jul 26, 2009 9:54 PM GMT
    Well I'm fairly traditional.... I have a home thats furnished well. Friends once described my decorating style as "western"... wtf!! My bf helped to a great extent, but it was a compromise.. and interestingly enough I probably wouldn't have chosen anything differently. Most of my house has a green
    color palet with my sofa, loveseat, chairs, etc. Some inherited pieces, some leather. My coffee tables are somewhat unique, but all blends very well. My wall art is mostly Terry Redlin, Jesse Barnes, Darrell Bush, several by Steve Walker. The atmosphere is casual, nothing too heavy.. but very much an orderly establishment.
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    Jul 27, 2009 12:27 AM GMT
    Mine is very eclectic. It all goes because I say so. My home is over 100 years old, so I blend antiques and modern pieces. So far, no one has said anything negative. In fact, one visitor to my home came into my parlor (living room now) and said, "you have plum walls, you must watch TLC." Yeah that's it. I watch TLC icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 27, 2009 12:37 AM GMT
    I don't have a house myself, but I'm not going to design it when I get one. If I think it works, then fine. I want my house to look lived in, and not like a staged home/museum where a visitor would be afraid to touch anything.

    For some reason, when I see designers dress a room...it looks too fake and ostentatious.

    I think I may start hanging pictures crooked on the wall to piss them off! icon_twisted.gif Or it may inspire them! lol
  • Sparkycat

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    Jul 27, 2009 2:54 AM GMT
    Very eclectic. I don't care for anything new. I love vintage and antique stuff. So, I've got a blend of things from the late 1800's up to the 1960's, all stuffed into my little two bedroom house.
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    Jul 27, 2009 3:00 AM GMT
    very canadian, understated awesomeness!

    lucky to have connections to the ID and Furniture business.... mostly mid century referenced new pieces, lots of walnut, suede/leather and wool rugs, very clean lines with neutral tones (creme, beige, grey, navy, black).

    Interest comes from my artwork and photography.

    The best part is its all made in Canada, well except the dining room table, thats italian.

  • Tiran

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    Jul 27, 2009 3:12 AM GMT
    I think the style is called "Early College Student". Hand me down funiture and slip covers. Lots of book shelves, and even more books. Quite a bit of art though.
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    Jul 27, 2009 3:13 AM GMT
    I did it all myself. I wanted each room to have a distinct style and have its own personality. My place isnt filled with expensive things or whatever, it's decorated so I feel comfortable in it.
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    Jul 27, 2009 3:16 AM GMT
    halltd saidSince I'm an architect, I do everything on my own. If there is work to be done like carpentry, painting, electrical, etc..., I do that too. I hated renting places because I always wanted to change the paint, etc... Most of the time I actually did too. icon_smile.gif

    Here's my place in Hoboken from four years ago.
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    And, one of my places here on the island as I was finishing the painting:
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    I like it but the pee yellow has to go!!


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    J/K
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    Jul 27, 2009 3:19 AM GMT
    I did most of it myself, albeit husband number one, was to bring stuff with him from America, some I wish he left there.

    But we have a number of reception rooms, some formal, some causal, some private.

    The formal is tradisional, baby grand Chesterfield and all that kind of stuff.

    But in a way the same goes with the garden. I have an acre to platy with, and there is a formal section, a japerness section, an Aussie bush section, and so on.
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    Jul 27, 2009 3:19 AM GMT
    BTW....

    My living room is an African motif.

    My Bed room is antiques by Ralph Lauren

    My Kitchen is French Country

    My studio is Black n White...floor the same!

    The other rooms....they are private
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    Jul 27, 2009 3:48 AM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidWhen it comes to design I'm such a fag. icon_smile.gif

    I was an interior design major a few years ago. I personally was displeased with the school and decided it wasn't necessary to go to a four year college to become a designer. Plus it wasn't an accredited college to go on to other things for future learning possibilities.

    I fell into the mid century modern movement without any knowledge that it was becoming mainstream. This was before design school as well. I made a huge switch from Victorian antiques to modern vintage Scandinavian design within a couple of months. Mid century modern is the modern 50's that's futuristic, modern and minimalistic.

    Here are some well known pieces that I have in my home.

    Florence Knolls three seat sofa. Mine is in black leather. More masculine. icon_smile.gif

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    My favorite designer is Eero Saarinen, he along with Florence were architects and did some amazing furniture design. I'm 'loco' for his work. I love looking at his futuristic designs. It's very George Jettson and reminds me of outer space.

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    I also have some lighting from Geoge Kovaks and Sonnemon.

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    This last lamp from Sonneman is more modern 70's but it works well in my place. icon_smile.gif
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    so cliche MMtM icon_wink.gif

    no eames lounger? a true design fag would for sure have one... lol
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jul 27, 2009 4:00 AM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidIt's not a cliche ...shut up!! icon_twisted.gif




    Geez where does the Christmas tree go? LOL

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  • HndsmKansan

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    Jul 27, 2009 4:05 AM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidI haven't had a Christmas tree in roughly 15 years.





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    Jul 27, 2009 4:20 AM GMT
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    Jul 27, 2009 4:24 AM GMT
    I'll post some pictures Tuesday after I have a chance to clean up.

    I moved out durring some pretty ugly financial problems so I've been stuck with extra furniture my mom had. The only thing new is my mattress set I got for Christmas.
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    Jul 27, 2009 5:01 AM GMT
    I've gotta hire Hannibal Lecter from GuerrillaS's post.

    I just raised the gay quotient in my place by re-upholstering a couple of chairs in Brown Swiss.
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    Jul 27, 2009 5:02 AM GMT
    whats brown swiss?

    sounds like a cheese..

    Call me old fashioned but I prefer my furniture to be less.. umm.. perishable
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    Jul 27, 2009 5:16 AM GMT
    lilTanker saidwhats brown swiss?

    sounds like a cheese..

    Call me old fashioned but I prefer my furniture to be less.. umm.. perishable
    Brown Swiss is a breed of bovines. Popular in the United States; akin to Holstein, Jersey, Guernsey, Angus, Longhorn, etc.