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15 signs you spend WAY too much time thinking about decor

Do you spend WAY too much time thinking about decor?

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Design Lesson

15 signs you spend WAY too much time thinking about decor

We all have a slight obsession with decor, especially our own. Here is a list of how to know you're a little too obsessed.


Are you obsessed with decor? Is a night of pinot grigio and Pinterest more appealing to you than a gourmet dinner out with your best friends? Or maybe your spouse’s eyes glaze over when you start monologuing on the comparative merits of stoneware versus porcelain. If this sounds familiar, you might be spending WAY too much time thinking about your decor. Here are some other symptoms of this affliction.
 

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15 signs you spend WAY too much time thinking about decor

1 You plan your vacations around antique hunting and/or decor shops

The thing that has you the most excited about visiting NYC and South Florida is ABC Carpet & Home, of course. In Paris, it’s Clignancourt flea market! London is all about that visit to Conran Shop. But wait, isn’t that what every vacationer does? Nope. It isn’t.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: ABC Home's Elements Collection Credits: Style at Home

15 signs you spend WAY too much time thinking about decor

2 You know all the designer collaborations

Not only are blockbuster designer-meets-retailer collaborations on your radar, like Kate Spade Saturday with West Elm, and the pairing of the Novogratz husband-and-wife team with CB2, you eagerly await the obscure ones too, like NYC’s Fishs Eddy with West Elm.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: West Elm Credits: Style at Home

15 signs you spend WAY too much time thinking about decor

3 You nail our High/Low feature each month

What’s more, you think to yourself, “Doesn’t everyone instantly recognize an iconic George Nelson bubble lamp versus a less-expensive imitation?” Uh. No, the average human does not. Your intense scholarship has seriously paid off.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Style at Home Credits: Style at Home

15 signs you spend WAY too much time thinking about decor

4 You can’t stop, won’t stop

Although you already own a perfectly serviceable and stylish armchair, coffee table, dining table and sofa, you are always adding to a mental shopping list of what you want next, like this Saarinen Womb chair. Oh, and bonus marks for obsessiveness if you have an actual Pinterest Wish List board on the go.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Pinterest Credits: Style at Home

15 signs you spend WAY too much time thinking about decor

5 You suffer from the plight of paint

Every now and again you actually lose sleep wondering whether you should paint your bedroom or kitchen or living room or the whole darn home in all white. And, naturally, that white is Benjamin Moore’s famously warm Cloud White CC-40 also known as OC-130. Duh.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Style at Home Credits: Style at Home

15 signs you spend WAY too much time thinking about decor

6 You’re a pattern phenom

Do you know what a chevron pattern is? Do you know what Ikat looks like? Can you identify toile and damask at merely a glance? Do you know trellis from lattice? If you can summon up a mental image at each of these patterns and you are not a stylist or designer then congrats, you officially indulge in way too much time in thinking about decor.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Style at Home Credits: Style at Home

15 signs you spend WAY too much time thinking about decor

7 You don’t Instagram for the selfies

The whole reason you have Instagram installed is so you can salivate over interiors from all over the world. Oh, and here are 10 more designers worth following. What? You didn’t expect us to cure you from your design addiction, did you?

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Style at Home Credits: Style at Home

15 signs you spend WAY too much time thinking about decor

8 You renovate by association

A friend/your mom/your neighbour is renovating and you’re wayyyy more excited about the renovation than they are. All of a sudden you’re picking out tile, hardwood flooring and helping them weigh whether they should install custom cabinetry or save money by jazzing up pre-made units. And the whole time you’re thinking, Oh man, this is the most fun I’ve had all year. Diagnosis: You’re a decor addict and your social network is enabling you.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Style at Home Credits: Style at Home

15 signs you spend WAY too much time thinking about decor

9 You keep your friends close and customer service closer

Not only do you have a favourite decor store, the staff have begun to recognize you. And it’s a big-box store. Bonus marks if you have a favourite staffer. Double-bonus marks if she tells you when the next sale is happening. Triple-bonus marks if she knows your name.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Pinterest Credits: Style at Home

15 signs you spend WAY too much time thinking about decor

10 You have a Farrow & Ball fetish

You have a favourite historical paint colour by this esteemed English company, and a favourite wallpaper pattern too (even though it’s hard to have favourites with F&B). Too bad you’ve totally ran out of rooms to re-do, so you’re hoping a friend will invite you over to help decorate his new place.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Style at Home Credits: Style at Home

15 signs you spend WAY too much time thinking about decor

11 You judge a book by its cover

The books on your bookshelves are arranged by the colour of their respective covers, not alphabetically. And the truly ugly ones are stored away and don’t make it onto your prized shelf. Why would you have it any other way?

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Style at Home Credits: Style at Home

15 signs you spend WAY too much time thinking about decor

12 You’re always staging

Not only do you fluff up your down filled cushions on the regular, you can’t help giving them a little karate chop on the top too when you pass by.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Style at Home Credits: Style at Home

15 signs you spend WAY too much time thinking about decor

13 You’re that kind of hoarder

Some people can’t bear to part with shoes, out-of-fashion coats and outfits they don’t wear anymore. You, on the other hand, have a stockpile of fabric swatches, random pieces of sample tiles and paint chips galore. Just in case you need them, even for reference. And in case of the zombie apocalypse. Hey, that’s ok. We do it, too.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Style at Home Credits: Style at Home

15 signs you spend WAY too much time thinking about decor

14 You daydream. All day.

Becoming an interior decorator or stylist is your dream job. Seeing as you’re daydreaming about design and your next decorating project most of the day anyway. While at your actual job.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Style at Home Credits: Style at Home

15 signs you spend WAY too much time thinking about decor

15 You have an intimate relationship with decor

A totally perfect evening of relaxing consists of you, your laptop, the sofa, a stylish throw blanket and all the free time in the world to check Pinterest, Houzz, Apartment Therapy and the rest of your virtual pantry of favourite design sites.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Style at Home Credits: Style at Home
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