The wedding is over, the honeymoon is past, now what? You are about to embark on a lifetime of living with and caring for your spouse. Often the hardest part is blending two individual lives, routines and styles into one cohesive and happy home. Part of the excitement is figuring it all out. Sure, there will be rough patches and you might disagree on the proper way to make a bed but at least you will be figuring it out together. During these first few months of “really seeing what you signed up for,” learn to laugh through these quirks. You might not understand how someone can brush their teeth with no running water or why socks must be folded, but in the end, it all works out.
One area in particular that can be of concern is decorating your new marital home. Depending on when you married, you might have lived alone and accumulated a plethora of personal belongings. How are you supposed to blend two very different styles? One word: Bonfire. I mean, just look at this stuff! Where did it all come from? How are we supposed to blend together all of this STUFF??
Compromise is key, but it can be difficult. Take for example, this mounted fish. While it is certainly not my style or will not be gracing my mantle anytime soon, we chatted and agreed that it could go in the basement “man cave” or in a lake house if we are ever lucky enough to have one. It isn’t bad…it’s just not “our” style!
Find a color pallet to decorate a home. Neutrals work really well as a starting point and then discuss if your style is more contemporary or rustic. More modern or more minimalistic. Rome was not built in a day, so don’t sweat the small stuff. You might get lucky and your partner might not care what style you choose…if you are in this special minority, count your lucky stars and decorate ‘til your heart’s content! Emphasize your similarities and give each other space. His collection of action figures have taken years to accumulate. Check out this blog for more tips and tricks to successfully moving in together. If you have any decorating or newly married-blending-of-the-lives advice, I would love to hear it! Comment below.
Until next time!