Home Decor

Fling, Marry, Kill – I Heart Vegetables

Since I’m snuggling my newborn baby girl,  I wanted to arrange for a little blog “maternity leave” of sorts. I’ve asked several fellow bloggers to play a little game having to do with home decor and design. The game is called Fling, Marry, Kill. It’s exactly like F*ck, Marry, Kill, but with home design trends. Each guest will be sharing what design trend they’d have a Fling with but couldn’t stand to keep permanently, what trend they could Marry and keep around forever, and the trend they think needs to die. Today’s guest is my friend Liz of I Heart Vegetables. Yep, the same Liz that wrote the cookbook (The Truly Healthy Vegetarian) that I talked about earlier this week! 

Hi friends! I’m Liz, the blogger behind I Heart Vegetables. You can normally find me chatting about vegetarian recipes and healthy living but today I’m talking about design trends! 

I’m certainly not an expert but I’ve learned a lot about my own style since becoming a homeowner. My husband and I bought a 1920’s row house in the city of Richmond and we’ve been fixing it up ever since. Our most recent project was installing a paver patio, which was one of the most satisfying transformations! 

Over the past four years of owning our house, we also replaced just about every piece of furniture that we originally moved into the house. It took us a couple of years to figure out what we really liked and that resulted in quite a few things being sold on Craigslist and replaced with something we actually wanted to keep! It wasn’t the most efficient way to discover our design tastes but I certainly learned a lot along the way!

Ashley invited me to play a little game of Fling, Marry, Kill with design trends which sounded like fun so here we go! Here are the trends I’d pick for each category:

Fling – Dark Painted Cabinets

by Studio McGee

Part of me thinks this is a love that would last forever but realistically, I don’t think I could commit to these long term. I absolutely love the color, especially with those clean countertops and white subway tile. After a stretch of what felt like al- white kitchens everywhere, I like the change of pace. I would never be brave enough to do this in my kitchen but I think it looks stunning. While we’re at it, let’s pretend that my kitchen always looks that clean.

Marry – Scandinavian Decor

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BgmYxf8B6Ps/?taken-by=mrcigar

Ok ok, maybe I couldn’t handle scandinavian decor forever but I don’t think I’ll ever tire of the cleanliness and simplicity. I love how it’s a little more interesting than a minimalist look but it still has beautiful open spaces and natural light. This design just feels so airy and I want to curl up on that sofa with a book. I love all the natural wood and greenery. The designs aren’t over the top but this decor can stand up to a bold pillow or pop of color. I think a lot of Scandinavian inspired decor is a good mix of beauty and functionality, which actually brings me to my last design trend…

Kill – Form over Function

Source: http://trendenser.se/2013/september/hemnetgodis-fran-stadshem.html

This is a design lesson that I learned the hard way. When my husband and I first bought our house, I made him get rid of his super comfortable but totally ugly couch. We replaced it with a couch that looked great in pictures but was terrible for lounging. We eventually got rid of that one and bought this sofa that is both comfortable and beautiful. (It took me almost a year of searching to finally buy it and ordered a sofa online is kind of scary.) But it taught me a lesson that a nice Instagram photo isn’t nearly as important as something you actually want to use.

I feel the same way about things like open closets. I think it’s absolutely beautiful and I’d love to be able to do it but it’s not practical for me. My clothes are not beautifully coordinated works of art that would look lovely on display. I own items in more than four colors, my hangers don’t match, and I have way too many shoes to be displayed under a simple clothing rack. While I like the look, I know it would never work for me.

What do you think? Are you digging painted cabinets? Could you put all of your clothing on display and make it look like art?

A big shout out and thank you to Liz for playing! Be sure to check out her blog and follow I Heart Vegetables on Instagram and Facebook! And don’t forget to check out her cookbook, The Truly Healthy Vegetarian!

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