I Want a Do-Over

5.07.2013

We have a Colonial Revival house that would never work with the style of these rooms.  And I'm happy with that.  I love my house and wouldn't change what I've done.  It's just right for me now.  But, when I see these images on Pinterest, I want a do-over on one of the apartments I lived in or our first house.  If I knew then what I know now, I'd do something similar to these fun, eclectic rooms by Emily Henderson.  The mid-century, casual, colorful vibe is something I would have loved.












That I'm redecorating old apartments in my head is probably pretty strange.  What about you?  Have you ever wanted a design do-over on somewhere you don't live anymore?  What would be your direction?  



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23 comments :

Vel Criste said...

Oh yes, I agree with you, sometimes, over time when you appreciate other styles and design you want to just get rid of things and start all over! If I could, I would do super mid-century modern kind of home! I love your house Jennifer, and I'm sure your do too but sometimes, just like everything else, we can get tired of things we love and then after a few tweaking, we appreciate it all over again! Have a good night!

Raina Cox said...

I need a lottery win so I can enjoy four or five houses, all decorated in very different styles.

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

I understand completely! I wake up thinking of changes.
These are great rooms, and I love all of the color.
Happy Wednesday.
Teresa
xoxo

Junell said...

Go Girl ~ I think you are challenging your inner Mary Quant! Although a 60's fashion icon I think this would be her style of decor. Love this vibe.

Kim said...

Oh yeah, I want several do-overs!! I think I am a late bloomer ... and oh the things I wish I could tell my earlier design self!!! It took me awhile to start having FUN with it all!! xo

Junell said...

PS, speaking of do-overs love the new header!
The Mary Quant thing came from the lamp in the first shot, it reminded me of her.....

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

Absolutely! Me too!! I was just thinking about that...when I got my first signing bonus for my first job...I went to crate and barrel and bought a few pieces of furniture...so beige, so boring....If I had that same money to spend I would pick varied, colorful and exciting things!

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

I was thinking the same thing. The first pieces I bought for my right out of college apartment with first ever signing bonus were so beige and so boring! Now I would have spent that money so differently inspired by all these beautiful images

jackie jade said...

ahhh i love everything that emily henderson does! i'd love to make my spaces more colorful and fun - i'm sloooowly working on it!
-- jackiejade.blogspot.com

Kathleen said...

I kind of had a do-over! I moved 250 miles away and sold most of my belongings prior to the move. My old style was a bit Chinoiserie and a bit English country house. In my new place I decorated strictly mid-century modern. I loved it for 4 years then realized that it isn't a true reflection of me and have gone back to a hollywood regency-ish style and love it. I'm more comfortable in my home now! Decorating in a brand new style for my home was sure fun!

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

This is so funny I redesign one of my favorite apartments from college in my head all-the-time! It was such a lovely place with tons of character, exposed brick walls, open floor plan yada yada yada. I think to myself I totally didn't do it justice while I was living there and then proceed to dream up a million things I could have done differently. My college age self would have liked it if I could go back in time to decorate for her. Poor girl missed out!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

Emily has got the gift that's for sure. I'm like you, that is normally not my style, but she has a way of just making me love mid-century! And I LOVE your new look too!

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Boy...do I understand that! Love her style and her choices of art work.

Kristin@bliss-athome.com said...

Those rooms are so fun and vibrant. I love Emily's work. xo Kristin

Kimberly Lemmon said...

I'm kind of enjoying my do-over now. My husband and I used to restore historic homes professionally so we always had to keep them appropriately furnished for sale - which meant very little risk-taking. With our 1972 French Provincial ranch, I can throw caution to the wind and make edgier choices (within limits - the hubs has to be okay with it too).

Nancy said...

I think that's a down side to blogging. We see so many gorgeous things we become unhappy with what we've got!!! I love a little global, a little boho, some collected, some tailored and crisp. One day maybe I'll find my "staying put" place in design, but not today! Good luck with your dreams. You really can do anything you want, so if it feels good to change, do it bit by bit!
xo Nancy
Powellbrowerhome.com

Heather Moore Grahling | Vivid Hue Home said...

tried to comment about these rooms on my iphone but it erased my comment...rooms like these have pushed me to try to be more daring in my own designs. I love how creative these are and it gives me confidence to try these in my own homes (sometimes) ha!

home before dark said...

At 63, I finally realized that mid-century modern applies to me! I grew up with that furniture and I can't stand it!

We inherited many things that have meaning and we kept but in this current remodel, we had to let go of things to make way for our kitchen/library/dining room/morning room "apartment" at the back of our house. This space will be in many ways more of a compendium of things I have loved over time. It could be really good...or really bad.Fingers crossed!

pretty pink tulips said...

Jennifer,
I so understand the desire to "design in my head"! I love my home, but there are many styles I enjoy and I too love all the color and carefree feel of the photos above. I think my children's rooms give me that room to play. But, yes, I would probably use more wallpaper and pink if I thought I could get away with it!! :)

xoxo Elizabeth
ps: Yes, know and love Mi Cocina. I go every time I'm in town, except this last trip. Next time!!!

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

I love change, and would love to redesign so many things. I do agree with you, the inside needs to relate to the outside. And you new blog is fantastic!

Karen Albert said...

Jennifer oh yes, and I am embracing color, in my art in pillows; always thinking and looking at how I can combine things differently!
xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Bethany [at] Powell Brower Home said...

i agree jennifer - these rooms and the pop-py colors are terrific! happy weekend, my friend!!

SHERRY HART said...

Emily rocks my world....I love her quirky designs....so talented!

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