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After almost two years of living alone and having the blissful experience of making every décor decision on my own, it finally happened. My boyfriend and I decided to co-habitate, and our apartments had to merge.

Now, my boyfriend is no slob. In fact, when it comes to domesticity, he puts me to shame — the boy cleans up after himself and man, can he cook. Merging our existing possessions was also none too painful, as he came equipped with Eames chairs, cast iron pots, a set of Japanese knives, and fancy bath towels. Perfect, right?

That's where the fantasy ends. Arranging furniture? War. Buying furniture, well, we never actually get that far. We both have a background in design and our aesthetics really aren't that far off. Sometimes it can be a lot trickier when it comes to a mutual passion than when one's partner is apathetic. Honestly, I'm not sure if we are ever going to agree on this point, and it's ok if we don't. I still love the guy. That said, it would be nice if we could just buy some furniture together. So here's my question to you — how do you settle décor disputes?

(Image: Left: Alan's Colorful, Daring & Dramatic East Austin Home, Right: Samantha & Lindsey's Bright Beach Cottage)