A lot of people do not expect that a male would be very interested in sprucing a house up, which is why they are always surprised to learn that I love doing it. I was not always this way, though. For years, I lived in what most people would view as a bachelor pad. But one day, I bought this fantastic loft that was already outfitted with orange county blinds that I fell in love with. Most lofts are very modern, so throwing a lot of old furniture inside and leaving it that way would look out of place. That is what my place first looked like when I moved in, and it did not look welcoming. I wanted to do something to change that.

On my own, I was having trouble figuring out how exactly to decorate my place. I had never really done something like that before, My mother was responsible for that task in our family home when I was growing up. I just had not paid all that much to what she did, but I know that she always told me that she was no good at it and really never liked to do it. So, I really didn’t have a good foundation in that particular regard. So, I went to the bookstore one Saturday afternoon and sat down at a table with a big pile of books on decorating. I thumbed through several that helped me with more modern places. I bought three books to take home, and I studied them in my free time.

I decided that I wanted to do a mix of modern decor and flea market finds. I had a really good time going to the local flea market on the weekends to find a variety of different things to fill my new place. I also found a furniture store nearby that sell a lot of great, up-to-date items. I would say that I have done a pretty good job so far.