How Do I Forge a Style Compromise with My Mom?

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Q: I am 28 years old and I am taking a step back in life (or at least, that is sorta how I feel). I recently broke up with my fiancé and in a few months I will be moving back to Alaska to live with my mother as I return to university (after 7 years). I am a little nervous, as my mother and I have very two different styles and habits. I like minimal modern and she likes anything and everything.

Seriously, there is no part of her house not covered in knick knacks or crafts. Does anyone have any suggestions how to combine our styles, or how I can not have a possible anxiety issue with all the stuff? Clutter really does get on my nerves — it's one of my biggest pet peeves.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.