Around Every Five Years

3.18.2016

I have read that our style or taste can change around every five years. Well, that may explain my need for the changes that are taking place in my home or it may be something that went off in my brain when I turned 60 last September. Either way, all I know is I want calmer colors and not as much stuff.
Today I am sharing rooms that appeal to me that I have found on the web.








Atlanta Homes Mag


Have a fabulous weekend!!

32 comments:

  1. Now I feel normal to see read this fact! I never understood how people can stay the same way for so long...I sure can't! I'm closing in on 60 and I've been feeling the same way. I've been purging and reducing what I have. I love all these pictures but especially the one from Midwest Living with that giant coffee table. I wold love to have something like that. I also love the 2nd picture from Atlanta Homes with the round mirror- the feeling is very mellow.

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  2. I'm with you, Kim...I have been craving a simpler, "crisper" look lately. I am in love with that Ballard Designs room! I'm not sure how that lovely light furniture would look with my black cat around, but I can always dream. Ha! Happy Friday!

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  3. Kim, I feel the same way! I am in a "cleaning out" mode myself. But I do not want to rush by throwing out all of my stuff, I did that 4 years ago and I feel bad I got rid of a few things. Have a great weekend.

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  4. I am in a cleaning out mode as well, but still love my reds, yellows and blues.

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  5. The Better Homes and Gardens and the Midwest Living ones have been favorites of mine for awhile. LOVE this collection of room styles! I have definitely seen my tastes change over the years but I still tend to stay pretty traditional. Enjoy your weekend. We might be getting snow..ugh.
    Shelley

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  6. Beautiful inspiration, Kim! I believe it is natural to want a simpler life as we age! I am finding that it takes a lot of energy to keep everything dusted! Happy weekend!

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  7. Ok, first of all, you look amazing at 60! I never would have guessed... ;-) Now, that out of the way, it strikes me that you're liking lighter rooms, in addition to calmer colors. I have finally come to accept that I simply believe all sofas should be white... lol! So I agree. Although I must say, when we first moved into our home last year, I wanted "less stuff" in the way of vignettes and such, but now I'm feeling that looks a bit sterile, so I'm adding more back in. I guess it's all balance. And the changes keep us interested in our homes... :-)

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  8. Husband and I bought a mid sized house house 5 years ago, 1700 sq ft plus a basement and an unfinished bonus room, built in the 1940's. We have "made due" for the past 5 years. Ready to start with some renovations this year. Going for the clean, neutral coastal cottage look (in Central Florida). I love all of the "pretty things" of your French look, but he likes more simple cottage look. Pretty much every room needs some work, plus additions here and there, plus finishing up the basement. ... pray from me. We MIGHT be done buy the time we retire!!

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  9. I'll be turning 50 this year and I can't stand keeping the same style for long, certainly not even 5 years. I even change the furniture about once a week. LOL so you're not alone Kim many of us like change, the big thing is make sure and donate or sell the things you no longer want. Don't keep them, or it will be stressful with all the things piling up.

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  10. Join the satisfied club off less is more! Welcome!

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  11. You have definitely chosen inspiration pics that would work in YOUR living room as I thought the first one was YOURS at first glance. The layout with fireplace, sofa, coffee table and windows looked quite similar to yours and I think would be beautiful as a change in your home if you need one. So fun to change things up - Enjoy!

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  12. Such wonderful inspirational photos. Clean and crisp.
    Now I am not 'strange' :) I have always been a person to change every few years. I could not/ cannot understand people who just live with the same décor year after year after boring year.
    Time to change up... lighten up... refresh!

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  13. I love those rooms! especially the Ballard room. I'm also changing lots of things at my house. I look forward to seeing what your next look is. I'm sure it will be beautiful.

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  14. I am younger than you, Kim, but I find that as I get older I am wanting to declutter also. It sure makes for fewer things to dust!

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  15. I have always loved change, but am beginning to downsize to more practical but pretty items. Used to have plates and decor for every holiday and or occasion, now buy for dual purposes and not so specific.

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  16. Those are all beautiful rooms! I have noticed recently that most rooms I'm drawn to have a plant in them. I had lived without house plants for many years and now I'm adding a few back into my home.

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  17. Something must be going off in my head too as I head in May to 60. Our furnishing have always been browns and tans and I'm ready for a big change. Something lighter and prettier. I agree with the lady above about white/light neutral sofas. My days of brown sofas are over. I've been reading Sarah Richardson's new book (At Home: Sarah Style) and love her description of "watery hues" of blues and greens mixed with light furniture.

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  18. I've been decluttering as I get thinking about moving in a few years to downsize and hopefully leave my hometown for new adventures elsewhere. It feels so good to give away things and live with less! Have a great weekend Kim.

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  19. When getting my home ready to sell I cleaned out all my collections and vignettes. I wasn't living in the home and when I would go back to check on it the first thing I noticed each time was how calm it was when entering. Now I'm trying to get that feeling in my new home. Problem is I love my collections. And changing things for seasons and holidays. But being 67 I have been going thru the less is more for a few years now.

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  20. I agree! I've been wondering {dreading}, when my taste will change. It's a whole buncha work to re-paint, but I'm sure it will happen soon enough. Good thing we can work on it all gradually, right? Have a great weekend Kim!

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  21. I do think some of it has to do with turning 60! I know that my tastes changed at that point and now I am ready to change again and am ready (FINALLY) to downsize. I would like to get to about 2200 feet...big enough for our big family to visit but small enough to live in comfortably. When John has finished recuperating we plan on putting the house on the market and I am already sorting, bit by bit, and getting rid of things. I will keep some of my collections but let others go.
    I love all your inspiration photos, Kim. What does Mr. Savvy think about a major shift with color and a 'cleaner' look (for lack of a better word)?
    Have a wonderful weekend. xo Diana

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  22. I love the chandelier in the Ballard Designs photo. I wouldn't have a room large enough for it, but it's just so graceful. I have to say, though, that all these rooms, beautiful as they are are highly impractical for a home such as mine that has a dog, two cats and four young grandsons. I understand the idea of having furniture with white or light-colored slip-covers so that you can just wash them, but I would be washing them every week. To me the prevalence of white furniture in decorating today just is not family, pet or young child friendly. Beautiful to look at but high maintenance. I wish some alternatives would show up in current decorating trends.

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  23. The first two pictures remind me, in a way, of your lovely home. All the pictures were so nice. Love the green demi-johns. Sigh. Gotta love some green. I go in phases, want stuff, don't want stuff....

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  24. Ditto here! Wishing I could cut back and clean out.....but it seems that no sooner I get rid one thing and something else takes its place! How so you ask?? Well, the family is growing and now there are toys under the coffee table again, and we had to buy more chairs and the room never gets empty.
    On the other hand, the "craft room" is becoming a craft room not a bedroom....and closets are getting cleared of children's things....so we keep striving for a more streamlined life....
    Love the room by Ballard....
    Nancy
    wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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  25. Kim, I like all these rooms. We don't change things up very often. I rotate things around, but we still have the same furniture that we bought when we first married. I admit that some things have come and gone through the years, but certainly not every five years. I get too attached to change things that often. I do like to add pieces when I find something I think works in our home, but a total new look isn't usually the result.
    I admire your style, so I'll be eager to see what changes you have in mind.

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  26. Kim, I have always admired how you change up the inside of your home. Around here, we just change up the outside! But I'm headed into a lighter, brighter look, too but the change will be gradual.

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  27. I am so ready for my way overdue change. However I need to wait till we make our downsizing decision as I want to make certain I do not purchase large items like sofas and then it not fit in the new place. Love the inspiration. You found lots of rooms that are similar to your great room.

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  28. Kim, wow so many of us feel the same way. I will be 60 in September of this year, and have been purging away!!! I just need less and for everything to be clean, crisp and calm. I am sick right now but the week before I painted two wood desks and a dark wood filing cabinet WHITE. It was so exciting and I love the beauty of how clean and fresh they look. I'm getting rid of my dark furniture one way or another. At first my husband looked at me as if I was maybe a little crazy but now I think he's on the bandwagon.
    I will look forward to seeing the changes you may make along your life journey, thanks for sharing.

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  29. I am glad to know that I am not alone in the need/want of redecorating every 5 years or so. I did went from reds to neutrals in my family room a couple years ago and I love the change. It is so easy to give the room a different look by changing the pillows or the accessories depending on the season. I love all the pictures you shared!!

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  30. Kim you have made me smile as I have just gone through the same thing. I changed out my low back modern charcoal for soft beige squishy sofas and now my family room looks brand new. I am often restless when it comes to decorating but I put that down to all the wonderful ideas on blogs such as yours and not being 62. Here in Brisbane Australia we have struggled to get the variety of homewares that is available in the States but I am pleased to say it is changing for the better.

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  31. Gosh! It's taking me more than five years to renovate Cottage! But I think you're right, my style has already changed since I began working on Cottage... And I'm leaning towards a simpler, whiter look, so I loved your pictures!

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  32. Ms. Savvy...you don't look 60!!!

    Ahh...the simple life. Less clutter, less "stuff"...Yep, that bug hit me for sure! I'm in that process right now:)

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