Over at RevGalBlogPals, Will Smama writes:
As some of you may know I am in the midst of my first home purchase. It is a new-build and so some of the fun was picking out upgrades and major decor items to my taste rather than walking into a previously owned home that needed to be upgraded room by room (pink and teal tiles in the bathroom, anyone?). As much as decorating is not my thing, I did try to embrace the moment because just how many times do you get to have a do-over on kitchen cabinets/floors/countertops?
And so, my questions to you this fine Friday involve your home past, present or future...
1) If you could, what room in the place you are currently living would you redo first? Either the kitchen or the master bath.
2) What is the most hideous feature/color/decor item you have ever seen in a home? Hmm... we looked at a lot of houses before we bought this one. I think the weirdest deal-breaker we saw was a feature in the den of one house, where it appeared that a bathtub-sized chunk of the slab had been jackhammered out so someone could have plants growing in the floor. Seriously. I think they were rhododendrons.
3) What feature do you most covet? Do you have it? If not, is it within reach? Having our fireplace, which came with a very picturesque gas log that does not really put out much heat, converted back to wood-burning. But it's just not practical here in the 'burbs. Nowhere to procure or store the large amounts of wood I grew up with.
4) Your kitchen - love it or hate it? Why? I want to hate it, but I can't justify hating it because I'm not the primary cook of the house, and he doesn't really care how it looks. So I am officially not fond of it -- the layout, the cabinets, the floor, the vintage 1978 harvest gold range and hood, the so-1990s ivy wallpaper.
5) Here is $10,000 and you HAVE to spend it on the place you are living now. What do you do? Gut the kitchen and start over.
BONUS: Why do you think there was such a surplus of ugly bathroom tile colors showcased in all homes built from the 1950's right through the early 80's? Well, early on it might be excused by black-and-white TV and a subsequent yearning for vivid color, but in the '70s and '80s I think it was just that we were a tacky society. We couldn't help it.