How do you live in a space that doesn't fit your style?

Unemployment has brought my years of living in quirky shared apartments to an abrupt end. I'm now renting a room in a dear friend's house, and I think I may go NUTS. I mean, I'm glad that living in a pastel-hued environment makes her happy. I really am. But being surrounded by "soothing" shades of aqua, "adorable" knick-knacks, and "inspirational" quotes is inducing serious angst for me. What's the Offbeat Homie in a stiflingly decorated environment to do?


What the hell do you do with a permanent soap dish?

My husband and I recently moved into a new apartment which we love… except for one design detail. The bathroom counter has a permanent pink shell soap dish attached to it right between our sinks. I would put soap in it, but we use liquid soap. So… there it sits. Mocking me. I've tried to embrace the shell, but when the rest of your bathroom theme is NOT shells… what's a gal to do?