Does the Collar Match the Cuffs?
Well, as long as we are going for "saucy" subject lines, I thought I would pose this question:
Should the interior design/decoration of a house be consistent with the exterior design? (ie. - should the "collar" match the "cuffs"?)
When we first started looking for house pictures to take to an architect, DH (and, to a lesser extent, I) favored some examples which were definitely on the rustic side - Garrell's Amicalola and Gardner's Cedar Court (original pix, not what in now on the site). My major concern was that the outside might have some appeal, but there was no way I could sustain a lodge look for the interior, because that just isn't my personal style. Somehow Belleek and Waterford and Lunt don't jibe with a moosehead on the wall and an antler chandelier over the dining room table.
Please, no one take offense. I think the lodge look is great if that is what one wants and can attain. It simply is not me and I would not be in a comfortable place with that as my "forever home".
One of the reasons that we didn't go for a Craftsman/Bungalow style house is that I have such reverence for the style that I would feel obligated to carry it througout the house. I know that I'm not up to the task, and am in awe those who achieve so beautifully.
I asked the architect, if it would be discordant if the house had a rustic exterior and then a formal dining room, etc. on the interior. He said that in Upstate (NC/SC) that doesn't bother anyone, but is just doesn't seem right to me. Shouldn't there be some harmonizing vision for interior and exterior even if it is "Sophisticated Eclectic" or some such thing that I came out with from an online quiz?
So this is to provoke some discussion, and then I have some questions about how to hone in on our own style.
Thanks - Jo Ann