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Team Compromise

Happy Birthday Matt! After Monday’s rant from the boys, I felt it was only fitting to set the record straight and let you all in on the real behind-the-scenes strategies we use to decorate our space in a way that makes us both happy. Ladies, if you’re currently sharing a space with a man, listen up… this one’s for you too!
 When it comes to decorating styles, Matt and I are complete opposites.
When I say complete, I mean absolutely, 100%, not even close, don’t even try, wow-you-like-that-thing-for-our-house? kind of opposites. I’m sure (well really, I hope) we’re not the only couple out there that doesn’t always see eye-to-eye when it comes to decorating decisions. Ask us about our values, families, professional practices, religion, or even the keys to a successful relationship, and we are right on target, smack dab on the same team. Ask us about the important stuff like decorating, accessorizing, paint colors, or just plain house “stuff” and we’re not on the same team, not in the same ball park, not even in the same league…actually, sometimes I wonder if we’re even playing the same sport? These “creative differences” didn’t really come to the surface until we started talking houses and then out of nowhere… BOOM!!! These differences snuck up and hit us like a ton of bricks.   
Compromising Styles
He loves bassets, grizzly bears, and hints of the outdoors.
He loves brown.
He loves leather.
He loves furniture that came from Abe Lincoln’s Log Cabin.
He loves simple and dark.
He loves functional, lived in, very traditional.
Although it took me a little more time than I’d care to admit, I can now honestly say that his style is not wrong by any means, it’s just different… very, very, very different than mine.

His and Her Styles
I love coral, stripes and nautical with hints of preppy-ness.
I love white.
I love cotton.
I love furniture that came from the display case at Pottery Barn or West Elm.
I love bicycles, bows and bright colors.
I love vintage, unique and fashionable.
Soo… while he loves brown and dark, I love white and bright.
While he loves common, I love unique.
While he loves plain, I love stripes & polka dots wrapped in a bow.
Can you see the problem here? Matt is Team Dark, Brown, Traditional while Bridget is Team Bright, White, Unique.

After endless conversations and some insensitive sarcasm sprinkled throughout aisles and aisles of shopping, Matt and I had no other choice but to join the same team. As much as I wish I could have recruited Matt onto Team Bright White with splashes of vintage, I had to settle for a fair trade. We both traded our original jerseys and joined Team Compromise. This team was all about finding new items, new colors, new furniture that mixed both of our styles into a new sense of style that we could call “ours”. I ditched the bright, polka dotted bows, he ditched the dark, plaid, grizzly bears, and we adopted a style that was filled with hints of each of our personalities blended up into a big neutral.

Decorating with your man
Now instead of “he likes this but I love that”, it’s WE love this and WE love that.
We love lanterns, lighthouses, and the number 13.
We love neutral colors (a literal mixture of his brown & my white)
We love furniture that reminds us of the late nights we spent searching every store in the south-west suburbs of Chicago.
We love accessories and art that tell a story about our adventures.
We love simple, inviting and cozy.
We love that there are some hints of Matt and some other hints of Bridget that make the other laugh and then groan but accept nonetheless.
We love our style because it tells our story, and we built it together.

Compromise. Compromising can be scary and is especially frightening when it deals with decorating a house together. I am here to tell you there is hope, and with a little laughter and a lot of love… you can do it! If you and your teammate are willing to be a little flexible, I am confident that you can also meet in the middle and decorate a home that you both are proud to call home.

Happy Birthday to my favorite teammate!

Do you and your roomie always agree on decorating styles? How do you make it work and still reach your big league decorating dreams? 

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5 thoughts on “Team Compromise

  1. Alissa

    I love this post! My husband and I are currently going through the same thing while we are setting up our new house. He is very modern with CRAZY bright colors, while I am more country/beach soft colors.

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  2. DIY Playbook

    Thanks Danielle! As much as I wish we could just go with my style…I’m happy we are able to compromise and create “our style.” Thanks for the comment!

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  3. Lisa Muhs

    Aw! This post was so cute (and touching)! However, I still think the Kramer picture should be part of the compromise. 😉

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5 thoughts on “Team Compromise

  1. Alissa

    I love this post! My husband and I are currently going through the same thing while we are setting up our new house. He is very modern with CRAZY bright colors, while I am more country/beach soft colors.

    Reply
  2. DIY Playbook

    Thanks Danielle! As much as I wish we could just go with my style…I’m happy we are able to compromise and create “our style.” Thanks for the comment!

    Reply
  3. Lisa Muhs

    Aw! This post was so cute (and touching)! However, I still think the Kramer picture should be part of the compromise. 😉

    Reply

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Fondue for Two

Planning a romantic Valentine’s day date can be intimidating for most couples.  There is always so much pressure to pick the perfect restaurant, get the right gifts, and have a romantic evening.  I’m all about planning dates that are a little out of the ordinary, so I typically forgo the restaurant scene.

Making reservations isn’t exactly rocket science, and it can be expensive to wine and dine your beau by taking them out on the town. That’s why I think a romantic night at home is your best bet for Valentine’s Day.  

Here is a fun dinner/date option, that puts a creative twist on staying in with your sweetie.

“Fondue for Two”
*For all you Gleeks out there, here is a little “Fondue for Two” action to really get you in the fondue mood 😉

Okay, so we all know eating a heavy and greasy meal isn’t exactly the sexiest way to start off your evening.  So have a fondue night instead.  It’s very simple, so you won’t be slaving away in the kitchen all night.  And it’s the perfect mix of savory and sweet, so you’ll end the night satisfied.  

Cheddar and Beer Fondue
Level: Easy
Time: 10
Servings: 4 servings


Ingredients for Cheese: 
-2.5 cups shredded sharp cheddar
-6 oz. shredded gruyere cheese
-1 T. all purpose flour
-1 cup your favorite beer
-2 T. brown mustard
-A few drops of worcestershire sauce
-Hot sauce to taste
-Pepper to taste


For Dipping:
-Veggies like carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower
-Tortilla chips or pretzels
-Pita bread
-Crusty bread like rye, french, or sourdough

Here are our dippers…

Cheese Fondue Dipping

Directions:
Combine cheese in a bowl with the flour.  Add beer to a small pot and bring to a boil over medium heat.  Reduce the head to simmer and add cheese in handfuls.  Stir constantly until cheese is melted with a wooden spoon.  When the cheese is melted, stir in mustard, hot sauce, pepper, and worcestershire sauce.  Transfer fondue to a warm fondue pot. 

Cheese Fondue Ingredients
Finn & I decided to test the cheese part of this fondue date…and man did we have a good time! 
Beer Cheese Fondue Recipe
Beer Cheese Fondue Recipe
But…word of advice don’t eat the entire pot of fondue. This pot serves 4, and we somehow managed to eat every.last.bite. #tummyache
We were way too full to indulge in the chocolate fondue portion of the evening, but give this recipe a try and let me know how it goes!

Chocolate Fondue Recipe

Level: Easy
Time: 10 minutes
Servings: Serves 4


Ingredients for Chocolate:
-2/3 cup half and half
-12 oz. milk chocolate, or 1 bag (11.5 oz) chocolate chips
-2 T. orange-flavored liqueur


For Dipping:
-Sliced fruit like apples, bananas, pineapple, and strawberries.
-Marshmallows
-Pretzel rods
-Cookies
-Angel food cake
-Chopped rice krispie treats


Directions:
In a heavy saucepan pour in half and half and chocolate, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.  Mix until completely melted and smooth.  Remove from heat and stir in liqueur.  


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