What hating on Farmhouse has taught me about interior design I love .
This made me think about food -- it’s so hard to answer when someone asks “what do you like to eat?” but it’s a lot easier when the question is flipped to “what do you not like to eat?”
Thank you for an absolutely lovely read, and a feast for the eyes and the mind -- at least for me, someone who has no idea what my personal design style is yet, or even what I need or like. I do know, at least, that there are many design styles and elements that I strongly dislike! And I have noticed I have a nasty tendency to be overly dismissive or repelled by things that feel uncomfortable for me to be near -- which is all well and good to accept on a sensory level, but gosh, I hate how incurious it makes me. The farmhouse style is one I also tend to loath, mainly because of its associations -- to me it's the interior design of upper middle class republicans and "buckle bunnies" who pretend to have an upbringing and cultural ties that they really do not, mixed with the superficiality and destructiveness of a house's real, good "old bones" that I associate with many HGTV shows. It was nice to see glimmers of the style here that I actually could reasonably like, or at least feel comfortable around.
I'm so looking forward to getting to talk with you more about design. I know for a fact that my environment is a massive determinant of how I feel, and if i can focus or get done any of the things that I yearn to do, but when it comes to solving a space that isn't working, I am completely unmoored. All I know is "no" and "I fucking hate this". It's a bit of a relief to think that is as fair a place as any to start.
Now onto researching ways for me to incorporate more color and warmth into a rental. Because I know that all this default landlord white paint surrounding me is viscerally not it.
Love the breakdown on your thinking because I have the same ideas. Understanding what you don’t like is a great way to think of it. I recently had a web designer ask me in her intake form which websites I don’t like and I didn’t answer it and now I’m going to really think of that question because it’s helpful!