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To think I am going to have to divorce my husband aren't I. He has AWFUL taste.

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AngryFeet Wed 06-Mar-13 22:06:08

We are in the process of buying our first house having lived together in rented for the 12 years we have been together. I love DH very much but sadly we are incompatible.... in the decorating sense that is. I suppose I have always known deep down. He was gazing lustfully at a white leather L shaped sofa a few years ago in DFS. I managed to steer him away towards a nice brown twill number from Next.

But now we are going through ideas of how to decorate the new house. He has bought some prints in America of random things like piano keys and blossom covered trees that he thinks we can hang up on the wall up the stairs. He also wants glass shelves for our books that are underlit with lights that change colour.

He is leather, glass and metal - I am fabric and wood. Can we ever make this work? sad

WhatchaMaCalllit Thu 07-Mar-13 12:22:03

I am loving "The Look" and "The List" Magrathea

Dare I say it - it's a work of genius!!!

NoisesOff Thu 07-Mar-13 12:21:59

OP, I feel for you, I really do. When I first met DH I could have wept over his Ikea laminate pretend-beech furniture and all his navy blue and stripes and his giant aerial photos of Washington DC on the walls. Sorry, I know some people will think I'm crazy, but this stuff is really really important to me. So now we share a house, his more extreme stuff has gone in the cupboard or his workshop, my more extreme stuff has gone in my study, and we're gradually making a lovely home with interesting antiques and lots of colour and unusual objets .

[And.... breathe ....]

Isittimeforgin Thu 07-Mar-13 12:20:16

Ooh onthebottom there are no words to adequately express my awe! grin

Bonsoir Thu 07-Mar-13 12:19:53

You need a therapist professional decorator. This is their job - to make couples agree on sofas.

OnTheBottomWithAWomansWeekly Thu 07-Mar-13 12:18:24

communion with the mothership (Ikea)

me too wink

OnTheBottomWithAWomansWeekly Thu 07-Mar-13 12:17:31

I went out with someone who desired something like this and drooled over it every time we passed the shop where it was displayed.

I didn't finish with him because of that but it may have subconsciously been the reason!

Isittimeforgin Thu 07-Mar-13 12:15:10

Oh I sympathise! When I met dh his flat looked like his nan mum had decorated it - it was hideous. We have since lived in 4 houses and have, along the way, managed to somehow not have any of his original stuff left grin

MummytoMog Thu 07-Mar-13 12:12:04

OH isn't allowed opinions on home decor. EVER. He's also not allowed to buy his own clothes, dress the children (seriously, DD at three has better taste and can tell what colours match) or do DIY. I let him buy his own shoes the other day and he came back with bovver boots. When ALL of his clothes are basically cords and chinos, shirts and nice polo shirts in greens, greys, mustard and blues. And manligans. Which as you can imagine, look LOVELY with black army boots with two inch soles.

Thankfully DH is prepared to steer clear of my communion with the mothership (Ikea) and allow me to decorate as I wish. In return, I undertake all home decorating projects and don't expect him to help.

akaemmafrost Thu 07-Mar-13 12:03:39

A smirk and "seriously?!" to every suggestion is the way forward.

LadyRainicorn Thu 07-Mar-13 11:56:49

Colour changing lit up glass shelves? How do I get them for the bathroom?

AngryFeet Thu 07-Mar-13 11:50:26

Erm why Toad? I haven't mentioned anything I like yet! Apart from a sofa I bought 6 years ago hmm

Toadinthehole Thu 07-Mar-13 00:10:54

Sounds as if the OP's taste isn't any better.

meddie Wed 06-Mar-13 23:41:16

Constantly bombard him with books, magazines about home decorating. Multiple paint charts with hour long discussions on whether to pick 'buttercream' or creamybutter' colour for the walls. Literally bore him to death about it, until he wants to skewer his brain with boredom. Then offer to take over all the decorating.

INeverSaidThat Wed 06-Mar-13 23:31:59

Not quite Formula 1 hmm

steppemum Wed 06-Mar-13 23:05:06

Show him some truly hideous designs that you know he will hate. Then after a couple of weeks show him the things you really like. He will be so relieved he will say yes!

steppemum Wed 06-Mar-13 23:01:33

I have 2 beautiful pictures that I want in our living room. We have had them since first married. Dh hated them then. We lived overseas for 10 years, came back and I unpacked them from my mums attic, I showed them to dh and he thought they were alright and he could live with them.

It has taken nearly 14 years of marriage, but his taste is slowly turning grin

5Foot5 Wed 06-Mar-13 22:54:13

Well having the shite pictures up the stairs isn't such a bad idea as you will only have to see them in passing - much worse if they were hung in the living room and you had to look at them all the time.

But glass book shelves with colour changing lights? <shudder> Is he serious?

sicutlilium Wed 06-Mar-13 22:47:48

motherinferior some of my best shabby-chic-threadbare-rug-loose-cover-Liberty-Oriental-Basement friends are in sarf London. smile

Grumpla Wed 06-Mar-13 22:43:27

I want a plastic mole in a Formula 1 outfit!!!!

motherinferior Wed 06-Mar-13 22:34:32

I second the sicutlilium approach. The Inferiority Complex differs only in being in sarf London.

cozietoesie Wed 06-Mar-13 22:32:01

Fair points. And a new house? Must be loads of preparatory works to do before decorating. Plastering, electrics yadda yadda.

OrangeLily Wed 06-Mar-13 22:31:31

Plastic meerkats.... In formulae one outfits.... What?!?! Or was it moles? Either way please explain.

Do what I do on occasion, "Hahahhaha very funny, I know you wouldn't seriously make me have those hideous <insert other yucky words> <insert name of thing> hahahahaha"

Then looked shocked when he insists he's not taking the piss.

Magrathea Wed 06-Mar-13 22:30:03

Ahhh OP, there are two things you need here, "the look" and "the list".

The Look is what you do when he runs eagerly up to anything he likes in a furniture or decorating store. It differs between women but mine is one raise eyebrow and pulling mouth to one side whilst making a disapproving mmmm noise. This technique will take time to train into him but it helps if you have a treat in mind for distraction - pub generally works.

The List is again a distraction technique and the thing which has been bred into the DNA of women since we wandered the plains of Africa. When he starts to get ideas on decor or, anything really, be ready with "The List" of jobs which need doing around the house and distract with that, by the time he has finished the allocated task he will have forgotten all about the decorating. Of course "The List" never gets any smaller, if you need advice on compiling one, ask any woman who's husband has recently, or is about to retire for advice.

AngryFeet Wed 06-Mar-13 22:27:09

Oh we have children already. Dirty little buggers, I dont know why we are bothering to decorate the place at all. Maybe DH AND the DC can live in the Man Cave and I can have the house exactly how I like it AND noone will mess it up.

DH likes Formula 1 actually Cherries. Not sure even his taste could sink that low however grin

NumericalMum Wed 06-Mar-13 22:25:08

Oooh I have a suggestion!! What I had to do was show my Dh photos from magazines of how lovely my ideas were and how shite his were and in the end he agreed with me every time!!

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