my dream house

When Mat and I were trying to decide how we wanted to decorate our new house, I kind of went through this stage in my head where I was "bored" with what furniture and accessories I had. Everything we have is dark-- either browns or burgundies or dark khakis or black. Our couch is dark khaki and dark green adorned with dark khaki pillows with our monogram in deep burgundy.

Anyway, like I said I went through this stage where I wanted to "lighten everything up." I wanted to trade in all my dark furniture for light, white furniture. I wanted to use cool blues and light khakis. I wanted to spray paint everything that was dark that I could to make it light and cream colored.

I did all of this because that's what I saw in trendy blogs. That's what I saw in the Pottery Barn magazine. That's what I heard from people who "know what they are talking about." Those people told me to trade dark for light.

And for a while, I tried to do just that. Change everything. Spray paint. Transform. Trade dark for light. Throw this away. Buy this. And it just couldn't work. It didn't work.

It wasn't me. It wasn't Mat. It wasn't our family.

We like our dark. We like our reds and greens and khakis. We like our dark wood and black accessories. We like clutter. Surprising, I know. I've had guests come into our house and say, "You just have so many little things-- so much stuff!" And it's true. We do. We have a lot of "little stuff." But, I love it. I love stacks of books everywhere, and tons of photos of our family everywhere, and little pictures hung in every nook and cranny. I love all my old stuff. I love it all.

And I've come to accept this. And maybe not just accept it. I've come to embrace it. And I'm loving it.

And since it's the holidays, I have to show you what I would have to my house to look like if I could choose any house in the entire world. That's right-- this is my dream house.

The house from "The Family Stone."

(All of the above images are from "Hooked on Houses.")

The smart gal from "Hooked on Houses" wrote, "When Diane Keaton, who plays the mother, saw the interior of the house for the first time, she says she told the director it was 'disgusting.' She couldn’t stand all the clutter 'and all of the stuff everywhere.' But she admitted that it suited the family’s personality: 'For them it was perfect.' The set designers were careful about every little detail, down to the magnets on the fridge."

And judging by what our house kind of looks like already, with tons of stuff on the fridge and clutter everywhere, we are well on our way to this look!


  1. This is why I'm painting my office hunter green. And hanging a SWORD in it.

  2. Notice the chair in which Diane Keeton is sitting in the 8th pic. It looks alot like the chair we are recovering for you! Mums

  3. Hi! I just found your blog about a month ago, love it!

    I'm making the same transition to darker furniture... Just painted an amoire in my living room black and it is perfect!

    And who can resist a collection?! I love copper (pans, bowls, cookie cutters, anything!) and botanical prints... One day my kitchen will overflow with both! :)

  4. The house from this movie actually looks traditional but chic as well. It really suits for a big family because it looks very warm and cozy because of warm colors. Houses in Tulsa have a warm and cozy feel too. Also in Jenks, Oklahoma, homes there have modern design bu you can still see classic touches in every details in each home.

  5. I watched that movie the other day, and I LOVE the decor! Glad I found your blog!

  6. An immaculate house is the sign of a wasted life. Between bare and perfectly ordered and cluttered, I'd take cluttered any day of the week. I always say that I want enough space to breath but I wouldn't want that to be achieved by having a house absolutely devoid of any personality. I'd have to strike a balance between the two.

    Ideally, I'd like to have a house on its own little bit of land, the way that a lot of houses are in America and Canada. But that's a bit more unusual in England and the house valuation on properties like that tends to be well out of my budget. In all likelihood, I'll have to settle for semi-detached.