The madness begins

Yes, we’ve started thinking about home decor. In particular, I’m starting to take a real interest in lighting, as there are a few fixtures that just have to go. (There shall be no exposed lightbulbs in the hallway!)

So imagine my joy when I looked up the Rejuvenation website. It’s amazing, and surprisingly affordable.

But the fa├žade of affordability crumbles when you start looking at the whole thing. A fixture here, some paint there, and–oh, a new sofabed!–and suddenly Jay has no lunch money for two weeks.

I am way too much of a control freak to do a Trading Spaces-type thing, but as it gets closer to closing we may have to invite a few folks over to give us your thoughts on paint colors and things like that. I have probably indulged the decorative urge a bit more than David, but I feel like I lack the Interior Design Gene that we gays are all assumed to have. I know what I like, but trying to explain how I think wall color and trim and fabrics should work together is exasperating.

The other weird thing is that although I love the farmhouse style of Casa Nonfamous, I’ve never really had much interest in anything country (with the exception of my “Okie kitsch” fascination of 1997-1998). So my personal style (if one whose entire furniture collection comes from Ikea can reasonably claim to have a personal style) is in abeyance when it comes to this house. I’m definitely a minimalist, and that will work, but my love of sleek, modern shapes doesn’t necessarily fit the spirit of the place. Currently, the Venn diagram of “what I’ve thought I liked all these years” and “what will look good” really only intersects at “black and white photography.”

My big concept is that David and I will find ourselves in some small-town antique shop in Oklahoma over Christmas and find a house full of amazing furniture for like $500. That’s probably not going to happen, but if anyone there wants to do some snooping around, it sure would make me feel better.

This Ole House

So Jay and I have taken the plunge and bought a house. We made the offer this morning. The seller was about to drop the price on the listing, but we managed to get in early and offer the new price before anyone else got a chance to. So, barring any problems with the inspection/neighbourhood review or financing, it’s as good as ours!

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