As I'm scrolling through Facebook yesterday there is a real estate ad (I commonly get those, because you know...I clicked on one once and now I'm forever getting them) for a nice $2 million dollar home in the nearby city. I had no intention of looking at it, but did see it had one comment, that said "a bit pretentious". (people sure are rude out loud). Well, ya the house is a bit "much", though I did notice the kitchen cabinets and countertops look exactly like my house, LOL. But, that's about the only similarity. It's all "french country", so fancy and a lot, not to mention 9000 sf.
A bit of history: when I got out of high school, I decided to get a degree in interior design. The community college I was attending had a 2 year program for it, so my bestie and I signed up. I think we had taken an elective in high school one quarter that was interior design, and both really enjoyed it. I took the classes for the first year, but in researching getting a 4 year degree in it, the only "closest" university, that offered it was across the state and I had zero desire to go there or anywhere away from home. Anyhow, during that year, and some off campus field trips to interior design places, I also realized it wasn't really going to be for me. I didn't want to have to satisfy customers and figure out what they thought they wanted. It seemed with a 2 year degree most end up working at a furniture store. So, I switched to Accounting, LOL. My friend did finish the 2 year degree in ID and then went on to work full time at the grocery store she had worked at part time since she was 16, haha.
Back to the house I was looking at online...Pretentious can be achieved with money, that's for sure. I would tend to use the word ostentatious, instead. But, without the money behind it, that kind of style ends up just looking tacky, LOL. I realized I am trying to achieve a look that is NOT ostentatious in any way - because with my budget it would end up looking tacky!
Following several Facebook decor pages the past few months I've gotten to see a ton of pictures of inside people's houses and decor. And whooo boy - most of it is just too much! Too much farmhouse, too much western, too much rustic, just too much. For example, I like a little Western decor. I have some here and there. But, no, I am not going to cover all my kitchen cabinet doors with cowhide! (besides, ewww - how would you keep it clean?!). Now on the other hand, I think covering my bar stools seats in cowhide would be neat....
I prefer a little of the style(s), but not overboard. Like some of my rooms definitely need more decor, that's for sure, but I guess I'd rather err on the side of less than more. I like to have a little breathing space in my decor. I'm trying to achieve a "classy rustic" look (on a serious budget), if that's even possible, haha.
In the meantime I recently discovered the panoramic picture view option on my phone camera, LOL.
(that black blob on the floor is the dog, haha). Of course the pics get a bit distorted, but I like how they show more than a regular picture. I was sitting in the matching recliner when I took this.
So, now, my interest in interior design is just limited to satisfying my own ideas and looking to see what others do with theirs. Some of it inspires me. Some of it makes me laugh (or cringe). And some of it depresses me, because I want the look, but WAY too expensive! But, I like what have done so far. It's enjoyable to me to find things to decorate my house and it's all a work in progress, that's for sure.