15 May

Combining Tastes: Moving in with the Boyfriend

I’m moving soon! And where normally that would send me into fits of shabby-chic provincial French furniture shopping, this move is different: this time I’m moving in with my boyfriend.

Don’t get me wrong, I obviously love the guy, and since he’s with me he clearly has great taste :) However, if it were up to me, we would be living in a French flea market, and if it were up to him, we’d live on a pirate ship.

How to compromise? Well, the first thing we did was choose a theme that we both like so that we have some idea of the things to seek out. We made the theme fun so we could both remember it, and put elements of both of your personalities into it. Our theme is “Ship Captain with a French Call Girl on Board.” Sounds pornographic, but he loves Master and Commander, and I love Marie Antoinette. All of our decorative efforts, therefore, are going to be a blend of rich French textiles and old fashioned nautical items. I may even get my shabby French chair.  Here are a few of our inspirations:




Decorating together has become so much easier with a theme. I’m already hoarding furniture, knowing how expensive moving costs can be, and how hard it is to find the perfect pieces on a budget. Check out the rest of my home décor wishlist on Etsy!

Have you ever lived with a significant other?  How did you combine your tastes? Do you have an Etsy wishlist?  Share in the comments!

{ posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 }


Comments: {3}

  • Vannessa writes:

    my boyfriend’s 9yrs older than me (im 21) & we’ve decided to wait til im 25 to get married & move in with him. when I met him his “dishes” were paper plates & collectible slurpee cups from 7-11!

    thanks to Urban Outfitters & various estate sales/thrift shops, I managed to redecorate his entire kitchen in mature, guy friendly way that maskes me girlfriend proud too:)
    I hope the rest of the house is this easy come nuptuals! thanks to this post I at least know where to start! THANKS!

  • Kimberly writes:

    @Vanessa: It sounds like you did your boyfriend a BIG favor! I can just picture your boyfriend having people over and serving wine out of a slurpee cup :)

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