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How To Navigate Merging Home Decor With A (Style-Challenged) Partner

I’ve lived alone for the last three years and have absolutely loved it. I’ve cherished every single moment of solitude in my little apartment. That is, until my boyfriend of over a year and I decided it was time to take the plunge and move in together. Here’s the thing: I’m obsessed with my apartment and all that it contained. I purchased everything on my own, and I felt each piece represented my taste and therefore served as a mode of comfort for me. I saved a lot of money to attain each item and it took well over a year to make my space feel like home. When friends visited, they would instantly get a sense of who I am and my style, and I never wanted that to change.

Once we decided to make the move (into my abode), my BF and I obviously had to talk about what our home would look like and what we would need for it. His idea, of course, was to buy all-new things that represented both of us, which is a fair request. Was I pumped to replace the pieces I’d spent hard-earned money on and completely adored? No. But I understood that this would now be his home, too, and he deserved to love everything in our place as much as I did. So mature of me, right?

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