Hey everyone! I’m Ashley from 7th House on the Left—a blog where the Mr. and I talk about renovating, decorating, and living in our first house here in Hanover, Virginia. We started the blog shortly after closing on our house and have been blogging about every step along the way. I’m so excited to be posting here at Wayfair and getting the chance to share a little bit about ourselves in the process.
He’s a programmer, I’m a graphic designer. He’s a thinker, I’m impulsive. He likes sci-fi movies, I like black and white classics. He’s good with numbers, I’m… well, not so much.
While we’re different in a lot of areas, my husband, Greg, and I make a good team. Even so, decorating the home we share can have its ups and downs. We found this out during our first major renovation project: the hall bathroom. This project was particularly important because we plan on using the same or similar features when we tackle the master bathroom. We needed to end up with a space we could both enjoy and feel comfortable in.
We started out by sitting down together with the Pinterest iPad app and compiling a collection of bathroom inspiration photos we liked. Yes, ladies, I actually got my husband to look at Pinterest with me!! It quickly became clear that I’m a big fan of light, crisp, modern bathrooms and Greg is drawn to dark wood and warm colors. At first it seemed like that would be a bit of a sticking point, but the more we talked, the more we realized both of us love classic, simple lines. Based on that common ground, we combined our dark and light preferences and came up with a bathroom design we both love.
Now that we’re moving on to renovating and decorating other areas of our house, we take the same “hall bathroom approach”: photos, talk, combine, repeat. Greg continues to favor dark rustic textures while I’m happy with modern vintage-inspired vignettes; but we’re making it work—one room at a time.
When it comes to the do’s and dont’s of his and her decorating, here are our two cents:
Dedicate some time (even if it’s only 15 minutes!) to sit down together and go through photos in magazines and catalogs, or on Pinterest. Having a good idea of what your other half likes and dislikes has the potential to make the decision-making process much easier on both of you.
- Be on the lookout for similarities in your styles, and focus on those. If you aren’t sure what your style is, there are a ton of style quizzes on the World Wide Web.
- Be willing to compromise! You never know, you might actually like what they like, or vice versa.
- Don’t force your specific style on your spouse. You want them to be comfortable in the space too. After all, you’re sharing… and sharing is caring.
- Bring in wall art and other accessories that are sentimental to both of you. It can make a world of difference in making your “space” into a place you can truly call “ours”.
We’d love to hear your co-decorating stories! Have any tips? We’re all ears!
- Ashley (& Greg)