"Why not? You have the money... you're obviously not spending it on clothes."
Then, when my offer was accepted on the other house and I texted her, positively giddy with excitement, she wrote back, "Good. For god's sake, hire a decorator."
(Side note: my cousin isn't a TOTAL bitch. She is actually just extremely funny and she knows I'm not sensitive). (I think).
So, I can't hire a decorator because I am not currently appearing on "Real Housewives of Suburban Chicago." The problem is that I am moving from my 800 square foot condo into a five bedroom house. Not only that, I am the anti-hoarder and my tiny condo wasn't exactly filled to the brim with furniture.
My mom used to say that she had seen hotel rooms with more personality than my condo. Actually I don't think she said that, but let's go with it. It sounds very "Mommy Dearest."
So, basically, I've bought some new furniture, but I still need help. How did you guys furnish your houses/apartments/dorms? Where did you get stuff like rugs, side tables, and fancy stuff to sit on surfaces and look homey? How did you figure out what to hang on all the walls? Did I miss the day in high school where people learned how to coordinate stuff? I bet it was the same day you guys all learned the Electric Slide.
(Side note: remember how sick you guys got of me talking about my stupid hip? You haven't seen ANYTHING yet. Welcome to House Blog 2012).
The good news is that there are a lot of built-ins in this new house, which makes it a little easier for me.
I just wish the old owners would leave every single stick of furniture and all of their decorating crap behind because I'm overwhelmed.
So in summary, please comment with websites, stores, tips, tricks, links, Pinterest boards, etc etc. I would appreciate it very much. I don't want to have to call HGTV and have them send over that one chick who hangs chandeliers in laundry rooms and throws glitter at walls. My cousin would definitely not approve.