Growing up, I was considered a tomboy. In high school I decided I no longer wanted to wear dresses and didn't for many years. (Until my friend Anne started dressing me. Somehow she always found great clothes for me to wear/buy. Sadly, those days are gone.)
I was born without the gene that makes you buy clothes, make-up, and a desire for perfectly coiffed hair. It just never interested me. (Still doesn't.) Instead I spent my money on music and BOOKS! (And still do.)
And yet...lately, I have this almost uncontrollable desire to decorate in a "romantic" style. Lace, pink, hand-painted dishes ornamented with roses. I've subscribed to Romantic Homes magazine. The other day I bought a book on decorating in the romantic style. I'm trying to get my friend Gail to paint pictures of roses.
I have one bed room where I've already started this kind of decorating, and may do more. And our cottage is a blank canvas. (Hee hee hee.)
Sadly, I don't have any characters on which to inflict a "girly" room. It would NOT work with Jeff or Richard (although I thought about redecorating Jeff's old bedroom as a girly room for Brenda--not that it would ever show up in a book), and Tricia's home is contemporary, and her store has dark paneling and portraits of dead authors. I do have a character that might be susceptible to girliness, but I haven't done anything to sell her. (Yet.)
In the meantime, I'll keep reading and collecting stuff and hope I can one day pull a room together.
(This'll be fun!)