When Henry and I came to the realisation that all of my things were at his house and I was pretty much living with him, we realised that we needed to have a pretty serious chat about a very important issue...
... Interior decoration.
Like many men who haven't been taught better by their paramours, Henry was under the misguided impression that he was a fan of minimalism. All the perfect room needs is a sofa, an X-Box, a big TV, and all of the wires to be hidden. Oh dear.
It took a lot of persuading, but with lots of references to Patrick Bateman, I explained that minimalism is creepy, and that it's all about shabby chic.
He wasn't entirely convinced, but his heart is much bigger than his conviction in his decorating tastes, so I began by making things to put in the house. Light-shades, crochet cushions - I started small. I get ridiculously excited like a small child with a finger painting whenever I successfully complete a craft project, so they were always allowed in with no snarky comments.
Step two was to bring decorations into the house disguised as presents (sneaky!). The little panda was a Christmas present from me to Henry. He did think it was a bit girly, but I pointed out that it was wearing a bow-tie.
The next move in my house-coup was to paint his pre-existing furniture to match my aesthetic. I posted about my love of chalk paints here. Henry was pretty ok with this (although he drew the line at letting me replace the handles on this bedside table).
|I picked up this pink vintage Ottoman today. He hasn't seen it yet. I may be in a lot of trouble. I will let you know.|
I'm now at the final stage, which is just buying furniture and hoping he won't notice/mind. We have managed to reach an understanding about lots on Out There Interiors' website though. We've definitely both got our beadies on this wall light, and are picking out items from the French Furniture section to do up our bedroom, which I'm very excited about!
A serious milestone in our relationship was when he turned around to me and said, "I don't know why I thought I didn't like cushions and smelly candles, they're actually pretty great."
That's when I knew he was a keeper.
Although I was offered an item from Out There Interiors, all opinions are my own.