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Thursday, October 14, 2010

How Much Has Your Style Changed

When you pull out pictures of previous homes are you amazed at how your style has changed.  I think it's always so interesting to see where I've been and where I am now.  Also, it's fun to look at how much I let the style of a house dictate my style sometimes.  It's fun to see what furniture has followed me through the years and what has been replaced.  Excuse the quality of the pictures.  They are pics of pics.

All the same furniture.  I forget how old some of my things are until I look back.  This was from my red and gold phase.  I used those colors for years and always loved them. This was the living room in a previous house.


Dining area in the same house.  Same furniture here too.

This was a small study in a previous home.  Part of my red obcession.  Can you believe that I bought that little settee at Ethan Allen and actually picked out that fabric to be put on it.  What was I thinking!!!

This was part of my flower period.  Still with the red and gold, but boy, all those flowers. Drapes, bedskirt, pillows and I even had those chairs covered in the same fabric.

I had a good laugh at some of these pictures, however this was fun to see some of the past rooms that I really liked at the time, and to see what furniture and accessories are still with me.  Maybe I just need to start over from scratch. lol

Thanks so much for stopping by, I always appreciate your visits.

62 comments:

  1. I love your red study and you settee too!

    S
    xo

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  2. Well, Marty, I can see that you've always had great style..:)
    Also see that you've lived in beautiful houses.
    I love red and gold, too..altho I don't decorate with it except at Christmas...
    xo bj

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  3. I don't think I want to see my old designs! Your past homes were beautiful..I actually want that chair in your bedroom! Jen

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  4. You've always had style dahlin'. :0)

    My old pictures are horrendous. Remember the red brick looking vinyl floors, had em from 1977 - 1999. Gold short shag carpet, had that too! OMG!

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  5. Yes, Marty, it IS funny how our tastes change over time!!! I don't think I've mentioned this to you before, though I've mentioned it on another blog. (Sorry if it was you and I'm repeating myself)

    When I got married in the mid 80's, black lacquer was all the rage. We were into totally modern decor and had black lacquer in 3 different rooms, black china, black stemware, black framed art on the walls, bed linens of black, gray and white, and all black fixtures in the master bathroom. I HATE black with a passion now!!! I was overrun with black...and modern.

    Then I had a country phase for a few years, and now I don't much care for country decor either.

    It's funny...and also expensive...to have my tastes change so much through the years.

    By the way, I really LOVE that large mirror in the first photo. Totally gorgeous.

    Have a lovely day,
    Patti

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  6. I would be afraid to pull out photos of our house. From the colors to the fabric choices, ugh.

    -Rene

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  7. wow has mine ever changed, but absolutely love the stained glass window - that one doesn't go out of style!
    Karen

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  8. Mine has definately changed over the years. The things that I hate to change very often are the sofa and end tables - I tend to keep them around way past their expiration date. I do like that stained glass piece! Is that in your current home or was it an actual window?

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  9. My tastes have changed several times through my life -early 20's was all about ultra modern , then 30's and 40's country traditional now in my 50's new england vintage style -I still like a little pop of red though :-)

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  10. Marty, when I started blogging I was looking for some before photos and my oh my has my style changed. It is fun to look back.

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  11. Hi there, I loved seeing these photos and hearing about your phases of decorating. My youngest daughter has actually said our home now just doesn't look like me because about every 10 yrs I seem to change styles or colors...still have oak and country touches but just different from our last house. Glad someone else goes through this too.
    Hugs today.
    Noreen

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  12. It is always fun to see how we evolve.:)

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  13. Yes this post brought back some funny memories of past homes. I can say that at the time I guess I was happy with it but now when I think back I am wondering was that really me. lol
    Of course I could do that 5 years down the rode now.
    You have always had good ideas
    Love
    Maggie

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  14. HI Marty! Well, no matter what phase you were in - every room you've shown was very pretty! You do it good now and you did it good then! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  15. I read somewhere that our tastes change every five years. I believe it is true with a lot of us. We've been in our home five years and it is completely different in style than when we first moved here.

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  16. Hi Marty, I had to laugh when I read your post. I got to thinking about when we lived at our other house and I have burnt orange shag carpeting, a flowered orange and yellow couch and I had one chair upholstered in solid orange...oh my gosh...like you said, what was I thinking...lol.
    I must say though, I still liked alot of your decorating ideas from the past.
    I love your blog...have a great day. Hugs...Sue

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  17. Gorgeous rooms, then and now, Marty!

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  18. I feel like my style stays the same, I just re-accessorize a lot. You style has remained amazing Marty - you have great taste!
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  19. Your "old" style would still be stylish today, in my opinion. You are one of those people who has natural style. Now MY style has definitely changed....thankfully. In the early years of our marriage we were all about COUNTRY. Dark paneling and a country style plaid on the sofa & love seat accessorized with churns, old oil lamps, etc. That is so NOT me today. I still don't really know what my style is but I'm getting the itch to change again. One thing that always seems to stay though is my love of red!

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  20. I have a pretty good record for changing my style; just ask family members. I "overdid" the color blue (paired with the contrasting mauve) so badly in the 80's, that I am just now introducing some blue back into color schemes. Your homes have always been so welcoming! Thanks for sharing! Gail

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  21. Hi Marty...

    Well my friend...what can I say? I love the decor of your previous home! I think it's gorgeous! Of course, you know how I like my reds and golds! Hehe! I see how many of your fabulous furniture pieces have followed you though, but then most of us can't just go out and buy all new furniture when we move...boohoo! Hehe! Well my dear, I think you have always had a great sense of design and style! I loved getting to see a few photos of your previous home! It is gorgeous! I do love your present home though...and I love all of your pretty creams, burnt oranges, and greens that you are decorating with now!

    My design sense really has changed over the years! I think "eclectic" best describes me! I have never really been stuck in just one design style...I like so many different styles! I love french country...french apartment...love the shabby chic style...oooh, see what I mean? Hehe! One thing I really do enjoy now...I have more freedom to do what I want...simply because of finances. In my younger days and when I was raising my children...I was always on such a tight budget. Of course, I sewed, crafted, etc. alot more back then...just needed to!

    Thank you, Marty...for sharing your previous home with us...this was fun!

    Love ya,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  22. My taste has definitely changed over the years. It is fun to look back. It always stirs some memory for me.
    Have a great evening!
    DD

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  23. I would call your style classic. You have always had style. It seems you simply adapted to the current colors and fabrics of the time.
    The fact that you have the same basic hard goods just proves that you were always a classy lady. You Rock!

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  24. My budget doesn't keep up with how much my style changes or gets altered! What a great post. I went back and looked at our first apartment. So funny. One thing is a constant . . . you certainly have always had design skills.

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  25. Now I know why your house sold sooooo quickly, it was absolutely gorgeous.I loved everything about it...you have great style Marty..

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  26. Haha love this post. I love looking back too. If only y'all could all see my first apartment. Frightening.

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  27. When I look back I see "southwest" and it wasn't done well in my home... glad those days are behind me!!

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  28. You change, and so do styles... you are just keeping up with them. All your stuff is always fabulous!! HUGS!!

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  29. Oh Marty, I can't tell you how much my taste has changed. Just ask Ceekay. She has seen all the phases.
    You're not alone!

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  30. Well Marty, I like the way you decorated in your previuos home! It looks like something I'd see in a high end magazine. I usually don't replace the expensive pieces but I do like to do a total redecorating about once every ten years.Call me a bored house wife.~Ames

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  31. Great post! I love all of your stlyes....some are still stylish today! It is fun to look back at how we have changed and grown with our decorating styles.
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  32. My style has done a complete 180 degree turn. I used to love lots of detail. Now I like plain, clean lines. Interesting how our tastes change over the years!

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  33. That was fun! Other than the "flower room" I can still see your style in all of the pictures. If you could see 2 of my past houses, particularly our huge historic renovation...you would never dream that the same people lived there as live here. Let's just say that I was ahead of the times with the country blue and cream, custom ruffled curtains and a few floppy rabbits around. Now I'm leather and shells...but I loved each look during the time I had it!

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  34. I think I'm glad I don't have too many pictures of my old incarnations! Thanks for stopping by Marty!

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  35. Hi Marty,

    I must say I could enjoy spending time in any of the rooms you showed us -- love the warm colors, rich textures, and glowing woodtones! You're obviously a lady with innate style, flair, and excellent taste!

    Warmest regards,
    Bill

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  36. Hi Marty! Well, I think you have always had beautiful taste so all of those pics looked lovely to me! It is fun to look back, though, and even in the short while that I have been decorating my homes I have seen quite a difference. Thanks for doing this fun post!
    Vanessa

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  37. Marty, those pictures are gorgeous. I agree, even tho we might always consider ourselves 'traditional' that style does evolve on a regular basis, doesn't it? The good part of that is you can carry so many of your major pieces over to a new look; new colors and fabrics and accents and you've updated!

    I have so many reds in my decorating now, that wine/burgandy color was so popular these past couple years, and we've jumped on the bandwagon. Hey, it livens up the browns we tend to get our major pieces in. Warm colors just make it so homey.

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  38. Obviously Marty, you have always had exquisite taste! I love all of them, and I think they all look like magazine photos. Some of mine are NOT so stylish!

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  39. I heard once that we should redecorate every eight years! Man sometimes it takes me that long to finish one room. But, it is good to take a fresh look at everything every now and then. We been in this house eight years now, I guess I better get a moving.

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  40. Oh how I wish I had photos of my very first apartment. Now that was a laugh.

    I think most of your images show that you have always had wonderful taste and a flair for decorating.

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  41. I love your style and oit's fun to see your tastes change and evolve. I like your older photos. You were a great decorator then and you are a great decorator now.

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  42. I think you have such a classic and wonderful style. If I showed old pics all you would see is seafoam green and pink. hehe. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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  43. What fun to see your style journey! Even though you've changed through the years you did a great job putting it all together. Thanks for sharing your past styles with us - it's fun to look back and see how far we've come!
    ~Adrienne~

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  44. LOVE the upholstered chair in the bedroom, last image! Fabulous. Do you still have it? Great lines. This is a fun post, I think back to my first house where I went very modern, simply to be different from every other spec house in the neighborhood. Some people still can't use to thinking of my design style as anything else! Janell

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  45. Well Marty to me your old home and decor' were simply beautiful since red is my favorite color. Absolutely stunning office! Thank you for showing us the photos.

    You would laugh at my old style. I had white leather sofas and white walls. Wow, what was I thinking?

    Happy weekend! ~Melissa :)

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  46. Hi Marty,
    Today or yesterday your rooms always look like they come straight out of a magazine! Everything is beautiful!

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  47. Oh boy has my style changed. We didn't stay in our first home long enough to develop a style but our second home was the early 70's and I was big into Spanish. I think back on that now and just chuckle. I also went through the primitive country look and now have settled on a more traditional light country look I guess. Anyway, I wouldn't want to provide any pictures of my first attempts at "style". Thanks for the reality check.

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  48. Yes, but stillllll so lovely. Some of my old house pictures are not fit to print! :-)

    I used to have a very primitive look....I loved it at the time, but now like a much fresher look. Big time changes.

    Hugs!
    Spencer

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  49. I love this look in the past! I DO love the little settee, in its time I am sure it was quite beyond gorgeous. And the red? I'm always loving that. Thanks for this great post, it was inspiring. xo Lidy

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  50. Marty, our tastes just evolve. Just like we do. I remember all those phases myself!
    Brenda

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  51. Proving that our tastes are ever evolving and that homes should never be "finished." I love looking back at what I was doing in the 80's and 90's. Wonder how we will feel about our decor now, looking back someday....

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  52. I have always had the same house, and I just seem to keep adding accessories. One day the whole house will just burst at the seams. lol I have changed some wall colors and wallpaper (including my horrible green plaid tea towel wallpaper in the kitchen) but I like to think of my style as sort of English country -- looks like it has evolved forever...

    I think it is very evident that you have always had remarkable style even if some of your choices seem dated to you now. You have a great eye for proportion and staging!
    xoxo,
    Mary

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  53. TEAK!! That was our original purchase. Because we were buying a 1700 SF home in southern California, my husband thought the sleek lines of Scandinavian furniture would be best and that's how indestructible teak came into our lives and stayed there for over 20 years! We still have one bookcase and a desk but have changed to various woods and styles over the years. Colors have changed as well--now we have a fairly subdued palate and mix of styles (mostly arts and craft) and a touch of sea blue. Our home is a 1921 A&C bungalow.

    Your style shows through each era!!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  54. I actually still like that style, Marty. Looks very pretty in my opinion. Thanks for your concern and well wishes for my mom. I really appreciate it and am just so happy she was able to pull through...Christine

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  55. I wish my previous home and style looked that beautiful. I love your red and gold phase. I had a hunter-green phase. I don't think I thought to take pictures then though. I love your updated style even more. You have a natural talent for decorating, Marty!

    :)

    Roeshel

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  56. You have very good taste and a lovely home.

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  57. I'm good with all of those flowers in the last photo. The rooms always had plenty of style.

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  58. What fabulous photographs!! I could live in those rooms right now!!
    Best,
    gabriele

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  59. Hi Marty! I'm so glad you liked my party! I've had a ball looking at all of the wondrous kitchens! Yours especially!
    We may have to do this again next year! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  60. Hi Marty, It's obvious that you have always had great style. I've been through quite a few decorating changes over the years. I think I finally figured out that I DON'T really have a style! Now I just buy things I love and they seem to work together.
    xoxo, Sherry

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  61. Marty, these rooms look fabulous, in my humble opinion! I even like the fabric on the settee! You have such style that it doesn't matter what you use, it ends up looking great. My decorating "style" has always been "early attic", because full price is just not in my vocabulary. laurie

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  62. LOL! So true - when we first moved into this house I was very into the British Colonial look. Then it was Tuscan with the faux finished walls. Then French Country/Shabby Chic and now I'm leaning toward a more clean modern country look.

    Manuela

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