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4 Things I Don’t Want to See in My Home

1.  Fake trees and plants.  I don’t get it.  The last thing that comes to mind when I think of bringing something organic into a living space is plastic green foliage.  It seems to have started in the 90’s and what shocks me even more is that people still leave these dusty impostors in their home.  Oh, and don’t even get me started on the fake vines.  As for artificial flowers, I think they are fine when used as an embellishment, but please, no filled vases with fake flowers – fresh & dried flowers are so much more beautiful (and real).

2.  Too much of a good thing.  I’m doing a few errands with a friend and we decide to make a quick stop at her friends home.  As the door opens, I immediately notice the greeting of a dressed goose (imitation of course).  Remember these creatures on peoples doorsteps with bonnets and raincoats?  Well, imagine to my surprise a convoy of about 30 life size geese (all dressed) and inside her home.  She was so into this collection that her husband even built shelving to display them all.  Honestly, I had a difficult time focusing on the conversation as this took up a  massive part of her home.  Like any collection, it is not necessary to put out all of it out for display – rotate pieces.  It can be overwhelming to the eye and appreciation for each piece becomes difficult.  I hate to say that I myself have been guilty of too much of a good thing – especially in my curio.

3.  A crooked curtain rod.  I know it’s not easy putting up curtain rods.  Even with all the measuring and planning it can still come out a few degrees off (I have a few theories as to why this happens).  If this should be an unfortunate result of all your efforts, I hate to say it, but it really needs to be fixed.  Why?  Because when people visit your home, the eye will be immediately drawn to it.  And remember, the longer the rod, the more evident the angle.

4.  Matchy, matchy furniture.  Leather sofa, leather chair, leather love seat, leather ottoman (ugh!) – you get the idea.

Images:  House of Many Hues


November 9, 2011   No Comments

Decorating Tip – Card Tables

Tis’ the season for lots of guests and tabletop space can be limited especially when having dinner.  You’ve got your centerpiece on the table, plates, glasses, silverware, and there’s just no room for all of the food.  What to do?  Consider placing a card table near the head of the table (hopefully you or your significant other will be sitting there).  All the food can then be place on the card table and passed around without the traffic of a buffet.   I know what you may be thinking, “But card tables are ugly”.  Yes, many of them are.  BUT, you can dress it up with a lovely tablecloth and add its own decor.  Another option is to keep an eye out for card tables at vintage stores.  Back in the day, they were beautifully designed.  Here is a photo of one vintage card table that I use…

It folds open nicely and holds quite a bit of food.  When I’m done using it, I folded up and put it in the basement.

Images:  House of Many Hues


December 9, 2010   No Comments

Decorating Tip – Beadboard

Greetings ladies!  Have you ever thought about installing beadboard paneling in a room but just don’t have the time (or maybe the tools) to size, cut, and nail it up?  Well, you may want to consider beadboard wallpaper.  I just happen to come across this and it looks just beautiful!  I really had no idea that it wasn’t  actual paneling until it was pointed out to me.  Not only is it much easier to install, but is also paintable and you get the same effect as actual beadboard paneling.

You can find this wallpaper at Graham & Brown for around $30 per roll.

Images:  Graham & Brown

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December 2, 2010   No Comments