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Domestic Project

I've lived in my home for almost six years now, and in all that time I've done almost no decorating. The place feels empty and almost uninhabited — all the walls are still white, and I have lots of unused space.

This is about to change. I've hired an interior decorator to make the place more comfortable. I had my initial consultation on Sunday and surprised myself by finding a lot of things that I specifically did and didn't like among the examples. I didn't expect to have so many opinions about a subject that I know so little about — the examples were very helpful!

We're starting with the living room. I don't have guests over very often, but might be able to change that once I have a space I'd be proud (instead of embarrassed) to invite people into.

I have very few utilitarian requirements for that space. It has a large West-facing window so I need to be able to draw curtains to block the sun. The room is otherwise poorly-lit and needs proper lighting. It also needs to hold an modern entertainment center — I'm finally going to update my circa 2000 equipment and join the hallowed ranks of HDTV owners. Beyond these requirements, everything will be up to aesthetics. (I'm not attached to any of the existing furniture.)

I left apartment living behind many years ago, and I'm glad that I'm finally going to have a house that looks like a home, instead of looking like a big and mostly empty apartment.


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