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29 May 2007

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John B.

D'accord, d'accord!

This was fun to read--and it's good to have a blog post from you, too, just because.

A Designer's Eye

This was totally hilarious! Thanks for the laugh. And, for the record, we don't get a lot of those trends either.

Sally

This was great, thanks! You're hilarious.

Jane

I agree with some of the things you said. Especially about wanting your bedroom and master bathroom to look like something you would see in a hotel. Even past that, there are so many people who are so obsessed with making the interior of the home match, it gets pretty ridiculous. As for myself, I usually get all these ideas from watching Bought & Sold on HGTV. Have you seen or heard of that show before? Because there are so many different houses that are shown, you can get ideas from it. It airs every Sunday at 10pm on HGTV. Check out http://web.hgtv.com/webhgtv/images/pac/59889/start_at_home.html?section=boughtsold,panel=videos for the preview!

Courtney

I read a lot of these and thought, "I KNOW! What's is up with that?" I, too, dislike air conditioning. After being cooped up all winter I want to open up the windows and let in the fresh air and sunlight, so I can't stand the idea of not having a ceiling fan. I have to admit that I tend towards the monochromatic, but I don't feel tied down to it. That is to say, I think it can be done without the obsessive component.

What I really don't understand though, is, when shows like Trading Spaces take that beautiful 'outdated' piece of antique furniture, such as a cherry sidetable or walnut chest of drawers... and paint it. Drives me insane.

Cindy

"Should your private space really look like one that anyone with the necessary cash could rent, by the night?"

It is amazing! This was a nice piece -- thanks for posting it.


Mary Scriver

Well, first of all, I'm glad to see you back. Second, I've known of the curative properties of shelter mags for a long time, but maybe I'm beginning to be cured now. I worked my way down from Architectural Digest to Cottage Living and that may be where I stay. It's pretty comfy.

To some extent, these decorators ignore the most important things. To my mind compass orientation is VERY important. Kitchens should be on the SE, bedrooms on the NW.

Also, what's outside the windows counts: big leafy tree on the south side (that's for the summer) big conifers on the north side (that's for the winter, to break the wind).

Every time I have a house with permission to paint, my front room is peach/adobe, my bedroom is pale blue, my kitchen is some kind of yellow, and I always paint one room as dark as I can get it -- where I'm typing is called "Indigene," a very dark purple. Crazy quilt for a window drape. Bright red enamel whatevers. Putty four-drawer files.

THIS time I have an all-white bathroom. I replaced the homemade sink cabinet with a pedestal sink, the rusty old tub with a corner shower, and covered the walls with paintings from my mother's bathroom which was pink. Some naked ladies and some big fat cabbage roses, just as blowzy.

I could never keep books organized by any principle whatsoever. They dance in the night, lie sideways, slide behind the sofa cushions -- I try to keep them from going home with strangers.

I have seasonal sets of drapes (well, rectangles of cloth to clip onto a pole) and pillow covers. By July everything is white canvas. By December I'm into wine-dark Roman stripes and red velvet. I've had some of these for more than forty years.

One must have cats to sit in the window. And I love your dishes. Also have a ceiling fan or the house would be unbearable in summer. For lack of insulation, it's already near-unbearable in winter. Need money to address that, but houses always need money.

Prairie Mary

catnapping

Warning: This is an incoherent RANT.

I think these sorts of trends show just how shallow and superficial people are getting.

Only someone who doesn't read, can even consider a book a decorator item. my GOD. I have met those people. (same goes with art...they can't possible be emotionally invested in what they've got hanging on the wall if the reason they chose it was cuz it went with the upholstery. ew.

Personally, I like monochromatic rooms (in someone else's house) I find them restful. It will never happen in my home...damn books keep coming in different colours!

And those folks who pull out the ceiling fans? They must LOVE using up energy, ey? AC uses much more kwh than fans do. Anything to help the oil barons...

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I love all-white bathrooms. Not only do I find them restful....but they are so clean looking.

okay. i got nuthin. i'm all blown out now.

donna

I have come to believe that most Americans have no sense of personal style whatsoever. And I have come to know that when someone walks into my living room and comments, "Wow, you have so many books!", we will not end up as friends....

catnapping

"did you read all these?" is another one...makes my teeth hurt.

Anne

Wonderful post. My particular peeve are those monochromatic rooms. Boring, snooty effects by the uninspired and unimaginative. One of my favorite rooms is a blend of turquoise, apple green, orange, yellow, and a nice dash of a pinkish red.

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Grace Kleppin

I found you via NaBloPoMo.

I agree with many of your astute comments. People I know are STILL replacing avocado appliances and trying to work around pink ceramic tile in the bathrooms!

The only point I'd find issue with are glass top tables in the living room. Really not that bad. One swipe with windex and you are back in business again. Plus, you can read the top issue of your current magazines in the stack below through the glass. :-)

Eleanor Cook

I have seen this several places and the latest Pottery Barn catalog shows this -- books shelved with the spines facing inward - who the heck does that?
Obviously people who don't read the books!

Jan of Lamp Shades Central

What a great list! I really believe good interior design is good functional design - what use a great looking sofa if you can't lie on it with a good book? Homes are meant to be lived in. We had a show on TV in the UK called Changing Rooms where they spent very little money turning your room into something you would never do yourself in a million years - lots of people hated their transformations mostly with cheap old MDF and paint effects. Most of these had themes but people are not themes - they are an eclectic mix of many different likes and dislikes!

Augusta Siding

DIY products are so nice. Doing it is one of my pastimes hobbies.

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