Lifestyle Examiner is happy to have as guest editor, Vanessa DeLeon. Today she tackles a subject that we will encounter at one time or another: how to move in and mesh styles with a significant other.
First, a bit about our guest--
Vanessa DeLeon always knew she had a place in the arts. However, she never expected the fast rise to success she has fortunately enjoyed. Hitting the ground running, Vanessa created her firm while still in school at Berkeley College for Interior Design. She can be seen in such shows as HGTV's Generation Renovation, Designer's Challenge, Bang For Your Buck, Design Star and Food Network's Restaurant Impossible.
Moving In with Your Significant Other
Moving in with your significant other is an exciting romantic time in your life. Everything is happy and you are taking that important step to a future together. Oh right, moving in together means moving in with your significant others “stuff” as well, the not so fun part of this exciting adventure.
I’m sure prior to moving in you were both aware of one another’s taste of décor or hobbies. He may have a Star Wars figurine collection and she may have a weird collection of scary porcelain dolls. If you are not aware of your partner’s hobbies and collections, well then, here is your chance to reconsider living together ;-). If your love is that strong, let’s get to the main easy solution to everything, COMPROMISE.
"He may have a Star Wars figurine collection..."
Don’t get offended of any criticism that may come; with that being said, don’t be so harsh either! This is your opportunity to get a chance to know your partner on another level. If your significant other is a fan of Playboy magazines (I am not judging) make it work! Display them in a clear coffee table or in a funky bookcase. I ran into this problem with one of my clients on “Your Place is a Dealbreaker” (Youtube spaces TV). The couple was arguing over a piece of artwork hanging over their bed. My compromise was to convince him to part with his piece of artwork being in that specific spot, but making sure he still had enough space in the room to hang it somewhere else.
Discard all of the duplicates in your home. The last thing you want to do is clutter your new place. You want to fill your home with positive energy, trust me you do not need three blenders and seven spatulas. Decide what you want to keep before the move in date, and be considerate of the monetary and sentimental value of each of the items. The imported end table from France is something you may have to work around. Get rid of the lower-quality items you have and keep the higher quality items.
Reflect. If there is a spot in the home where both of you spend a significant amount of time in, then it should represent and reflect both of your personalities. Make sure you use this room to combine both of your favorite things. You can make it masculine and feminine at the same time. There are many different ways you can compromise with the additions in the space. If you pick a masculine piece of furniture such as a wing back chair, upholster it with a velvet soft material with a pattern and color that the both of you agree on. Guys tend to love colder textures like steel; women tend to go for warmer textures like velvet. You want to make sure the both of you have pieces that are going to make you feel at home.
Add an accent color to that specific room, greens, yellows, and creams work great. Having an accent wall will add that pop to the room and add appeal for both styles. Dark colored shag rugs and mirrored pieces go with any décor. If your partner is into stark modern design and your taste is more sumptuous, include soft touches such as throw pillows and candles to soften up the minimalist look.
Storage is a huge necessity when you are living with your significant other. It is important to have enough space for his sports memorabilia and her Marilyn Monroe collectables.
Pets, this may or may not be an issue, but I promise you when it comes to décor or the dog, the dog is winning this one. You might want to consider pet friendly options, instead of wall-to-wall carpeting opt for hardwood floors they are much easier to clean. Treated microfiber sofas are more hassle-free than leather.
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