- Window seats. Yes, they look lovely and conjure up images of cozy hours curled up reading and gazing out at the falling snow. But . . . I don't like leaning against glass. It doesn't feel secure to me, and it's cold by a window. And my legs would probably cramp up on that narrow ledge.
- Wall-to-wall carpeting. Yes, it's cozy in bedrooms, with bare feet on cold winter mornings. But, hello, I have cats. With digestive issues and hairball issues. One splat and the carpet's basically ruined, because I'm not always there to clean it up, or even know about it, right away. Plus I think it's basically very unsanitary. Have you ever seen the dirt and sand under the padding when you remove the carpeting? I don't care how well your fancy Dyson sucks up dirt; it's still there underneath, somehow.
- A kitchen open to other rooms, so people can hang out with the cook. No, please, go sit down and talk amongst yourselves. I'll give you a topic. Really. I'm nervous enough trying to put the meal together, with everything cooked to perfection and warm. Yes, I'm a woman, but my multi-tasking skills are declining as I age. I can't talk, entertain guests and cook at the same time. Go watch TV or something and I'll call you when dinner's ready. My family marvels at how ungracious I am, chasing everyone out of the kitchen so I can prepare the meal. I've been known to hand out magazines and/or turn on the TV to keep guests occupied and out of my hair. Sigh. Maybe I should aspire to be more like Ina. I'm pretty sure Martha doesn't do any cooking or cleaning anymore; her staff takes care of all of it.
- Marble countertops. Yes, they are beautiful, old-fashioned, classic. But I don't think I could live with the chips, stains and etching. I have fantasies of cooking wonderful meals and being as neat as Martha or Ina. But I cook like a whirling dervish. Stuff goes flying everywhere. I'm pleased with the granite I chose - Luna Pearl. It hides crumbs so well I have to brush my hand against it to clean it well.
Also don't like anything Southwest style, cactus and all. It's a lovely part of the country but I don't want to replicate the look in my home. Nor Mediterranean, nor Mexican, nor woodsy cabin look. I don't so much mind Southern style, though. I guess I'm still a Shabby Chic, farmhouse, cottage type of girl.
I found an article on comfortable decorating styles in Houzz (do people still look at Houzz?). Apparently imperfection defines my style. I've just gotten into the chipped, painted furniture look. So then why would I obsess about keeping marble countertops pristine? Maybe I'm just a lazy housekeeper.