Sunday, June 6, 2010

Style, Elegance & Gay

You know those amazing interior design pictures we all love and utilize to evoke our own creativity?

Well on Saturday- I was actually in such a place.

June 5th, 2010 was the day The Boy's Brother graduated from college. Of course, this meant a whole day devoted to his accomplishment and hanging out with The Boy and his extended family.

The reception to celebrate the Graduate was held at their Uncle's house in a beautiful woodlike setting nestled along the river banks of Portland. His Uncle Stan lives there with his longtime partner, Dan and I had always been told that their home was a sight to be seen.

As we walked up to the beautiful home, the door swung open and a jolly, stylish, flamboyant Stan welcomed us all to the house while hoards of dogs of all shapes and sizes came running out to greet us. I determined right then and there that I would love it here.

Upon entry, I confirmed this notion. I instantly took in the amount of care Stan & Dan put into their house. Every space, and I mean EVERY space was designed with thought, care and consideration.

Beautiful Michelangelo portraits graced a room adorned with flowers, art and books. Every item had a place, every room had a feel and beauty was truly around me at every corner. Aesthetics were EVERYWHERE.

Even the wine presentation was landscaped in order to add an artful touch.

And after spending the afternoon sipping spirits, talking amongst the guests in the splendor of the decadent home and playing with adorable dogs all afternoon in the manicured yard- I didn't think I could have loved this place anymore.

...Until Britney Spears started blasting from the stereo.

That's it. I was in heaven.

It was absolutely beautiful in every way - though Stan played down their wonderful taste by surmising that they just had "the gay eye" (though I will say, they definitely didn't do anything to curtail the stereotype that gay men know how to decorate).

{My dress is from SJP's "Bitten" line at Steve&Barry's, which doesn't exist now. We did not have them in my State but the stores were in Nebraska where my Grandma lives... and I didn't waste anytime going to the store when I visited her.}

Beyond the visual appeal of their illustrious home, I was also drawn to the warmth inside of it. The house exuded happiness and comfort. You could tell that Stan & Dan nurtured their relationship as much as they did their home- they effervescently hosted the party and as I spoke with them both, together and separately, I had a true sense of their utter love and commitment to one another.

Invariably, my mind started to drift off into the debate of gay marriage. I do not want to utilize my blog for a political purpose- so I won't... but I will use it for a humanitarian one. If two loving, happy people create a life together- who is anyone else to say that they can't solidify that union?

It is heartbreaking for me to be welcomed into a spectacular life of two people who couldn't have been lovelier and know that there are some people out there who still actively fight certain couples' happiness. It could not bum me out more.

Because at the end of the day... to me, there is nothing more stylish than accepting people for who they are.

PS: I also enjoy bars with chalkboards at the end of the night.

PPS: All images embedded in post you can click on to see the full-size view of the intricacies of their design style.

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Amanda @ Life with A.Co said...

Agree. Agree. Agree.

AND: Wowwwww, that house - yes, beutiful and excellentlyexecuted in the design factor.

A.Co @ A.Co est. 1984

Stevie said...

How fun! I love a house that has gorgeous design, but is warm and welcoming at the same time. Sometimes beautifully decorated homes can feel cold and impersonal, but this house looks like a perfect mixture of taste and comfort. I LOVE that first bedroom photo.

Your dress is super cute! I loved that Bitten line. So sad it's no longer available.

And I'm right there with ya on the gay marriage thing. If there's anything we need more in this world, it's love.

Kara said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you took it there with this post. I really can't figure out why any human being would vote AGAINST allowing their fellow humans to fall in love and marry the person of their dreams. It's a basic right - breathing, eating, sleeping, and marrying who you love. I can't figure out why folks find this complicated!

What a gorgeous home. You're a lucky gal to have partaken in such beauty :)

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful house! Thanks for sharing the pics :)

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

What an amazing house indeed, Caitlin! Thanks for sharing teh beautiful picrures with us! The way you describe the whole family gathering also warms my heart - your bf's family seems to be a perfect example of a close and loving family, I'm kind of always very happy to see when a gay couple is welcomed among the family members.

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Anna Katrina said...

love the pictures looks like you had a fun time. & your dress is so cute!! congrats to the boy's brother!

Anna Katrina

Unknown said...

Oh, great post! I love seeing "real" homes that are beautifully decorated, these guys did a great job! Looks like you had the most wonderful time, I'm so happy! XO!

Sweetly Surprised said...

A) You're so pretty :)
B) You're genuine (which is the most important)
C) What a cute dress!
D) I agree with you ENTIRELY ...

C-tiddy had two uncles who were in love. They were of older age. One of the loves past away years ago (when the ex & I were dating).

Nevertheless -all and all- I loved the two men. In my opinion, they seemed more connected than most of the couples/marriages that I'd seen. So connected. They were one (if not "the") favorite family members, So - I loved you're article!

Bachelorette is tomorrow night. Watch it! It can be our bond, despite the distance. Yes? yes. :)

Nathalie said...

Wow, their place is really amazing. I really like the colour scheme and even from the pictures you can tell how pleasant the atmosphere must have been. It really sounds like a perfect afternoon. And hooray for chalkboards in bars :)
Have a good Monday

Keith said...

Great photos. The house looks amazing. It looks like a wonderful time was had by all.

Jaime @ laviejaime said...

What beautiful your dress...and The Boy is so cute! :) Happy Monday!

erika sorocco said...

So...I'm kind of in love with your dress; and Stan and Dan's house. Seriously...when can I move in?

So glad you had a good time, my love! Congratulations to The Boy's brother for graduating!! :)

{andthisiswhatshesaid} said...

love the dress!

your pics are always so fancy, miss.

Chicago Chic said...

WOW, it looks like an amazing place and you look GORGEOUS! I love your dress!!!


Southern Comfort said...

"Because at the end of the day... to me, there is nothing more stylish than accepting people for who they are." I almost started crying after reading this. Thank you. Thank you for being so compassionate and kind. My best friend is a gay man and the day that he finds his soulmate and wants to get married...I truly hope he will be able to.

Their home is fabulous!!

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

I am completely enamored with their dining room light fixture...OMG! And your dress for that matter. You look soooooo lovely!

the "L" spot said...

first of all, love the house i want to my house to be that way!

second of all, i have your dress except in blue. i loved her line especially because it was so affordable, i have 2 other dresses of hers one that she was photographed in. i love sjp!

Unknown said...

Your dress is sooo cute! And I agree, nobody should be trying to destroy another person's happiness. Just because one couple is gay doesn't mean you have to be gay, everyone should have equal freedom and it makes me sad when people are against that.

Holly Lefevre said...

The home is gorgeous. What a wonderful reason and place to celebrate. Your dress is too cute! I am guessing those that are truly opposed to gay marriage have never had the experience of meeting and enjoying and experiencing a couple complete in their happiness.

bananas. said...

Oh my gosh! Yea...that house is pretty effin sick. In a good way of course. They can help spruce up my pad any day.

LadyBugSays ... said...

Fab post, that house is gorgeous! All we can do is hope that one day everyone will be accepted for who they are and no barriers will be put in their way!

erica said...

Beautiful house and I would seriously love to have your dress! Gorgeous!


Iva Messy said...

WOW!! looks great and I love your dress!! You look beautiful as always!

Kim Axani said...

Awww, their house and design style is soo nice!! My fave room is the dining room with those amazing chandeleirs.
I couldn't agree more with you about the whole marriage thing. In my opionin hetero and homo sexuality are on par - it's just a fact of life in human nature. It's a shame that some people are so ignorant that they can't see that.
One day we will get there!! Hope that day comes soon.

Sierra said...

Wow he is definitely really really talented and this makes me even more excited to hopefully become an interior designer in the are right, he really took the time to design every aspect, love it! Your dress is darling and how fun that their was a chalk board too at the bar.

Panty Buns said...

After reading of your clear, logical open minded thoughts and seeing you at the chalkboard i've concluded you would make a fantastic teacher - except that your students might get crushes on you.

Anonymous said...

Oh, how I need me some gays! My gays have NO decorating sense WHAT-SO-EVAH!! So what good are they to me ; ) This sounds (and looks) like it was a wonderful afternoon and I agree with your comments whole heartedly. (PS: I have a few SJP pieces from Steve & Barrys too, sorry they're gone)