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Home Decorating

Home Decorating

Date: Oct 01 2010

Themes: Family

Grammar: Simple Past Tense


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Sometimes life feels like a routine, and you need to make a change. When you start to get bored with your surroundings, you can always redecorate your space. Rearranging furniture, painting the walls, or hanging some new artwork can transform your home and shake things up.

But home decorating can also be an expensive and time consuming project. Some people do it deliberately, going room by room and carefully sticking to a specific color scheme. Others collect furniture and decorations piece by piece without worrying about whether or not they match, creating eclectic spaces.

Mason recently bought a new home. Hear him share his decorating plans with Marni.



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Marni:  So Mason, I know you recently purchased a home.

Mason:  I did. I did indeed.

Marni:  And I’m kinda wondering, how’s the decorating coming?

Mason:  It is slow but steady. We did some painting first off.

Marni:  OK.

Mason:  And that was, you know, a whole debacle trying to pick what colors, what our palette was.

Marni:  That can be tricky.

Mason:  Absolutely. But you know we did it ourselves, we didn’t hire anybody, so we saved a lot of money, which was nice.

Marni:  Yes.

Mason:  But the big thing is like we kinda had a whole thrift store, flea market aesthetic, just we inherited a lot of hand-me-down pieces. And now we’re kinda like, let’s be deliberate, let’s find nice things and pick a style.

Marni:  So you’re kinda doing a makeover, it sounds like.

Mason:  Absolutely. And it’s gonna just take forever, because not only do my wife and I have different tastes, but it’s expensive to buy new things.

Marni:  It is, indeed. But I personally love decorating, and I sort of love the hunt of like finding great deals, and finding pieces that, you know, I just think are really special. And I think, though, there’s small things you can do like just repainting your room or moving things around even, changing things from room to room can just give your house a brand new look. So good luck to you!

Mason:  You want to do it for me?

Marni:  No. I’ve got my own to do.


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Mason recently bought a house. Now he and his wife get to decorate it. But decorating can be a slow and expensive process. Mason and his wife started by painting the house. When it comes to buying furniture, they can’t get everything they want all at once. Over time they come to collect nice new pieces that will suit both their tastes.

Marni loves decorating. She thinks there are a lot of little things you can do to make your house a home. You can paint or rearrange your furniture. Marni also loves searching for just the right piece to complete the look of a room.

Do you like decorating your home? What is your home decorating style? Where do you find furniture and decorations for your house or apartment?



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Reza Mahmud


Nice! it's really a lively lesson to me. I learn something new here.

Thanks to all

02:52 PM Oct 02 2010 |




 i dream of decorating my own room in the future ,if i have my own room or  my own house, i want to decorate it myself ,i don't think it's time consuming , i want to creat a electic space.

  maybe i will go to the flea market to choose some hand-me-down pieces,and draw some pictures myself so i can save  lots money,

01:55 PM Oct 02 2010 |

murad ali

murad ali


i like to paint my house with blue and cheerful  color.. 

12:20 PM Oct 02 2010 |


Russian Federation

Yeah, interesting lesson. Actually I don’t like to decorate a room but I like when somebody’s decorating it for me )) As usual it’s time consuming.

08:56 AM Oct 02 2010 |




That’s very nice mickee85

08:20 AM Oct 02 2010 |




That’s very nice mickeey85

08:18 AM Oct 02 2010 |




Personally Home decoration is good but it should be considered to know whether the essential things are there or not.

08:14 AM Oct 02 2010 |



personaly i luv decorating it makes me feel creative & refresh when i change it with ma own ideas .. & i prefer modern & light colors decoration . In addation  Scientificly  studies have proven that changing home decoration from period to period re-active your boday & mind refreshment

07:13 AM Oct 02 2010 |


South Korea

Hi, I'm Korean, so I didn't catch the whole dialogue at the speed of such a natural speaking. In Marni' the last saying, especailly the part, "things from room to room can", I couln't get it at all. Please, could anybody help me hear the part? Of course, now I understand the whole meaning of this dialogue. Thanks!

01:57 AM Oct 02 2010 |



interesting lesson.now i haven't got my own house ,but i like decorating,it feels like a painter creating his artworks and express his inner world by  his tastes。

12:55 AM Oct 02 2010 |




I like decorating our home but the problem is like what mason said it is expensive. If i had found cheap but elegant furniture or decoration I bought it right away. 

08:29 PM Oct 01 2010 |



Saudi Arabia

if i decorat my home i feel happy.

08:15 PM Oct 01 2010 |




decorating is not my thing though if you going to buy a house I'm sure everybody will start love it 

06:59 PM Oct 01 2010 |



Saudi Arabia

very good lesson

06:51 PM Oct 01 2010 |




Very nice and usefull lesson. In two months i'll move from where I live now to another place, than learning all this new words will help me a lot, especially those words related to an affordable way of decorating a new place. My decorating style is the pretty and affordable one.

05:51 PM Oct 01 2010 |




I will face this project later…..and i will to decate my new house….........

04:59 PM Oct 01 2010 |

zahraa flower


Very nice and interesting lesson,

I like decoration so much,it doesn't matter which style but the most essential thing is to make the home looking beautiful and a comfortable place.

And what i believe is that we can make our home looking so nice and cute with very simple things not necesarily expensiveSmile


04:51 PM Oct 01 2010 |



Viet Nam

I sort of love things like decorating or rearranging pieces. But it seems to be kind of difficult to work out the exact style I want to pick.Once in a while I just want to bring a brand new look to the house without caring about a certain style but i', still very deliberate

In our countries, there are also thrift stores selling hand-me-down stuff and I suppose it's an effective way to save money. 

04:03 PM Oct 01 2010 |




I love decorating my home so much. Honestly, I've just done arranging our furnitures this morning :) it's pretty tiring and time consuming but no matter how heavy those furnitures and paintings are I'll still find a way to move it. I always get excited to see the new look of our house once I get bored seeing the old one I always change it to a new one :)

02:37 PM Oct 01 2010 |



Saudi Arabia

I think If someone make a change the style of the house

Its a great idea.

02:31 PM Oct 01 2010 |

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