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By 2/23/2015 ,

my living room, much like my kitchen, is a hodge podge of collected things that weren't picked together, or planned out, but rather curated, in fits and starts of must-have moments and make-it-work compromises.

there's a new sofa on the way - finally, and i think once that's in, the little red living room that could will finally can.   until then, it's the little things i'm happy to surround myself with (and there's no shortage of them).  the room is chock-full of things i love: mementos from trips, gifts from friends, photos, books, tiny treat-myself treasures, and family heirlooms.  it makes the microfiber sofa a bit more bearable, for the time being.

the moral of the story is we can't always get a room just right.  the budget may not be there, mistakes will be made, and things get ruined.  but it doesn't need to be perfect if it's authentic.  i think that's why i'm a 'maximalist' decorator at heart.  it allows for mistakes.  it embraces them.  it never calls for perfection, but rather it's forgiving and has a sense of humor.  a great room to me is like a good friend.  it can inspire, but never intimidate.  it invites but doesn't judge.  and it's approachable, never too precious.

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photos by anna barzin

31 comments

  1. I love this post! Your thoughts on making it authentic....holla!

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  2. Yes, yes, and yes. Wonderfully articulated. I'm starting to let go of wanting everything to be perfect in my home. Besides saving what's left of my sanity, I'm just too tired to fight with it anymore. Even if/when I ever got it "just right", I'd be tired of it and craving change soon after!

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  3. Love the colorful living! Please tell me what the fabric is on your desk chair!

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  4. Beautiful. Love the tortoiseshell cabinet, the curtains, blue and white accents and red walls

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  5. "I'm sorry I painted the word twat on your garage door". LMAO...that's awesome.

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  6. surely there is a story behind the "sorry I painted the word twat on your garage" note??

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  7. Love your bamboo number and your red walls. I'm lucky to a beautiful breakfront. It is arranged with all my china and crystal, but why not make it like a fun bulletin board chock-full of memories? Totally motivated to overhaul today. Thanks for the constant reminder that colorful creativity matters!

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  8. Great post, Jamie--applicable to rooms as well as so many other aspects of life! I love your curtains and red room.

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  9. Its easy to imagine that a designer's house would always look perfect and exactly the way you want it...thanks for your honesty. I am a single momma and I crave updating things...but the budget's not there. I make mistakes. Glad to know it's not just me!

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  10. Your words are pure perfection Jamie. I couldn't agree more. Im a total maximalist and you my dear are the QUEEN of maximalism in all its beautiful glory. Your home is truly something special. I love all the little moments you've created within this room. Cant wait to see your new couch. Im struggling with making my own beige microfiber montronsity work. Gah what the hell was I thinking....

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  11. Yes. What resonates is that maximalism does allow for mistakes. Although I like to think of mistakes as iterations of real ourselves. We don't learn if we don't make mistakes. And, as you pointed out, if we are, at the very least, authentic with our choices, then these design iterations just nudge us closer to ourselves. Great rooms, not perfect rooms, are wonderful stories about the people who occupy them, never the things. As people evolve, so do their rooms. Maximalism is more forgiving of the growth process - like my stretchy pants. I mean my yoga pants.

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  12. Your blog is super originall. Amazing and your posts... i love it!, really.

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  13. I love your way of decorating. I am a maximalist too, and I love sticking photos around in bowls, and the photo frames. Hubby and I have a second home, a little cottage for when we retire, and we go there for vacations. I ended up with a "microfiber" sofa too...something I said I'd NEVER do.. It will probably last forever, and I can sell it when we move there permanently.
    Hmmmm...thinking of leaving a note on the hall mirror for hubby. "I'm sorry I called you a jackass".

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  14. Your blog is super originall. Amazing and your posts... i love it!, really

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  15. I love your curtains!!! Where did you get them?

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