I get lots of emails from people asking how my husband feels about my home decorating ways. They usually come after I make reference to my rather extensive stash of stuff in the basement. Even though I seriously reduced the size of my stash at my garage sale last summer, I still have quite a bit of stuff that I can dig into when I want to make a change.
The questions usually come wrapped up with some frustration over their own husband’s desire to be involved in all of the home decorating decisions. That or their husband’s frustrations over the home junk that is taking over the basement/closets/dining room tables.
Here’s a question from just last month…
I’m always kind of stumped about how to answer that question.
I’m very lucky that my husband tolerates (and often encourages) my house foofing habit. He knows that playing in our home is my hobby and he’s fine with that. He doesn’t care how I decorate the mantle and I don’t care which way he puts the stripes when he mows the lawn. It works for us.
He’s interested in the major decisions like big furniture purchases and painting walls, but other than that, he leaves me to to my own devices. He would be just as happy if I put sports posters and Bruce Springsteen memorabilia on the walls.
But the truth is that if home decorating is your hobby, it’s a big hobby. You can’t hide it, put it away or otherwise not subject your people to your hobby. It, by definition, takes over your home.
So, if your fella has opinions about how your home looks or wants to be involved in decisions about what hangs on your walls, then you have to find a way to work with that. It’s his home too.
Since I don’t have much personal experience in this area, I thought I would turn it over to you, my brilliant readers. How do you and your man make decisions about how your home is decorated. Does he care? How do you handle it if he does?
Note: I am in no way implying that moose heads, gun racks and trophy collections are unstylish. In fact, I’m pretty sure that The Nester would think that the moose was “Awe”-some.