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I'm watching one of the vast swathe of home makeover shows, and I'm always mystified by this idea that things are "in" or "out" for decorating in the same way they are for clothes (and, for this particular post, let's not get me started on my fashion rant).

I have a house. I decorate my house because I like the paint or the floor or the cushions or the curtains. It never even crossed my mind to think "ohh, I wonder if I'm keeping up with current decorating trends?" - why would it? How many people will be coming to my house who will have a clue what's trendy? How many people who have a clue will give a shit?

Plus, what is the purpose of having trends in decorating? How many people repaint their walls every year, recover their sofas, update their curtains, etc, to keep up with whatever the mysterious 'they' is dictating is now "the look"? Who has the money? Who has the time?

Am I alone, here? It just seems to be mystifying.

Date: 2011-08-03 10:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I feel the same way. As long as I like the paint, curtains, etc., that's all that matters. I don't care if it's in or out. When I moved into my place, it was full of 80s brass and I've been getting rid of it slowly but surely and I redid the kitchen but only because it was falling apart. I change things out when I get tired of them not because they're no longer "in."

Date: 2011-08-04 12:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm not fond of the brass that was in this house, and I still haven't got rid of it all. Need to figure out how to change taps and plugs before I can make the final switch. It's only take 12 years. Which is another thing - even if I want to change it all, it comes back to time and money.

Date: 2011-08-03 11:03 pm (UTC)
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Amen, preach it, sister!

We replace things when they're worn out (and sometime's not even then). Life's too short to waste on trendiness.

Date: 2011-08-04 12:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yep. Which is another thing. I have things I like now, for the most part. For years I had things I could afford and which I didn't find absolutely hideously offensive to my eyes. Sometimes I did end up buying things that were still somewhat hideous because they were the cheapest. Whoever invented freecycle really needed to have done it 20 years earlier for it to be useful for me!

Date: 2011-08-03 11:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've written articles about decor trends but personally I tend to buy stuff I like. It all works out somehow.

Now if only I could keep the damn plants alive.

Date: 2011-08-04 12:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hah! Plants in the house are only there to demonstrate we have no power over anything and that our existence in the universe is essentially futile. Actually, the plants in my garden are there for the same purpose.

Date: 2011-08-04 04:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Heh, my household rules for plants...

Indoors: artificial only! I don't know if there's actually a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to House Plants out there somewhere, but why tempt fate?

Outdoors: live forever, ferns, hens and chickens, a yucca plant, irises and peonies.

Thus far the only things I've found that will interfere with these thriving is a) straight-line winds from a tornado (and then only temporarily) and b)TRYING to take care of them!

Date: 2011-08-04 04:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I will decorate the way I like and if someone doesn't like it, they can either shut their eyes or use the door ... or both.

You wouldn't catch me dead in 99% of the stuff they claim is "in" when it comes to clothes, I'll be damned if I'll listen to them about what the inside of my house looks like.

Date: 2011-08-05 12:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes! That's my theory - if you don't like my house, feel free to go somewhere else. I wouldn't want to subject anyone to my terrible painted walls *g*

Date: 2011-08-04 04:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*peers at to do list*

*finds decorating house written in teeny tiny letters way down at the very bottom along with all those other unimportant things that I may eventually have time to do when I retire*

Really I have no idea how people find the time, energy amd money to constantly redecorate. We have just redecorated the lounge - that project consisted of slapping new cream paint over the eight year old faded and dirty cream paint. At some point I may get round to buying new curtains because the old ones are looking very worn - then again, I might just find time to take them to the dry cleaners!

Date: 2011-08-04 08:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm with you all. Am just now working my way through my flat redecorating after probably 10 years. Even if there are trends as to what's "in", I don't care!

Date: 2011-08-04 10:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You have two years to get that sorted, woman. Oz expects fabulousness in 2013!

Date: 2011-08-05 12:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This sounds suspiciously like you might be travelling...

Date: 2011-08-04 10:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I guess there are trends that I immediately associate with a particular decade... like the bright orange and brown kitchens of the 70s (~shudder~). And a coat of paint once every ten years or so makes some kind of sense. But yes - a yearly turn around? Pffft. But then, please explain to me interior decorators. You hire someone else to design the place you're going to live??? How does that work??

The fashion thing I hate is hair. Long hair is in? Yeah, great - I'll get right on that. Only - whoops! Now it's pixie cuts. I swear, it's just designed to drive women even more insecure.

Date: 2011-08-05 12:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I remember the orange and brown - no idea why anyone thought that was a good idea.

I paint my rooms when the urge strikes me. When I moved in this house was entirely magnolia, so the urge struck me quite hard (flashbacks to childhood). Now each room is in a colour I like and that's that. And if I'd had someone else 'design' it for me, I'd just get irritated. Maybe if I had a tonne of money and no time then having someone to do the work for you and have some ideas (but then do what you tell them) would be helpful, but that's just the same principle as asking someone to build you an extension - nope, I don't want that there, want it over here.

Heh. Hair amuses me. I guess, like everything else, I wonder why people don't just go with what they like and / or what suits them?


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