This morning I read the comments that were written after I signed off last night.
What really makes me happy is when someone writes that they have become more interested in decorating a home in a house they never really liked.
I have lived in some houses or apartments that were just downright ugly. But I was determined not to leave it that way.
Even if I didn’t have much money, I went to garage sales and traded things with others and found a way to decorate.
Usually I ended up with a home that was at least cozy, if not pretty.
Cozy Is More Than Pretty:
Cozy to me is much more important than pretty.
I grow weary of seeing photos of perfect homes. How can you have such a perfect home with young children running around?
If they can snap their fingers like Samantha Stephens on “Bewitched” and make everything perfect after kids have been playing all day, I would surely like to meet them.
In the “old” days of blogging, you didn’t see truly perfect homes. They were tidy and decorated and something most all of us could create.
Somehow I just don’t recall them being completely over the top.
“No matter who you are or where you are, instinct tells you to go home.” – Laura Marney
Today I scroll through some blogs social media and I see photo after photo of homes with the latest gadgets and inventions.
And it just seems boring and bland.
The Old Days Of Blogging:
Over time things changed in the world of home and garden blogs.
Most bloggers now refuse to have a blog roll. Because if a reader clicks on one of those links, they are taken away from the original blog.
I don’t see a problem with that. People like to find new and interesting blogs to read that they didn’t previously know about. I am one of them.
So live and let live.
Another way I deviated from day one from most of the other bloggers was that I refused to put my name on my photos. There was the fear someone would steal the bloggers’ photos.
Well, of course that is possible. But to me that signage they insisted on using ruins the photo.
“How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home.” – William Faulkner
I have no problem if one of you like a photo I have here and want to download it for yourself. Go ahead. Enlarge and frame it if you want.
I am not a famous photographer, just someone who photographs images for my blog. You don’t need to ask me if you can copy those photos.
People can be awfully uptight!
Anyway, I started out writing about the comments and I found myself going astray. Something I do quite often!
I so appreciate your comments. But please don’t think you need to comment on every post. That you look at it and read it is surely enough for me.
If you want to comment, fine. But please don’t feel compelled to do so.
Now back to homes we dislike but can’t move away from them for whatever reason.
Just do what you can to brighten the rooms of that house you really despise. If you own it you can do a lot more than if it is a rental.
And even if you own the property, there may not be the extra money to renovate and really decorate it as you would like to do.
Scan blogs, Pinterest, Instagram if you like that platform. Search for bloggers who write about frugal living who might show you photos of how they decorate their homes.
Look To Nature For Inspiration:
I find inspiration everywhere. It might be the shade of a flower, or something I see out in the countryside.
I think nature should be our biggest source of inspiration. Because there’s so much there!
“The home should be the treasure chest of living.” – Le Corbusier
There’s texture and color everywhere you look. There’s the starkness of trees that have shed their leaves,
And there’s the new green leaves of springtime when the tiny shoots emerge on the bare branches.
All the colors of the rainbow are out there just waiting for you to see them. And to then use some of what you see when decorating your home.
I’m tired of the all white kitchens with not a speck of color. And kitchens that only have stainless steel appliances.
Those kitchens have always reminded me of morgues. What is it about stainless steel that is so appealing to everyone?
I’m also tired of the gray colors and shades in photos I see online, with virtually the same furniture and decor.
Thoughts On Trends:
It’s one or the other: the person who owns the blog either doesn’t trust their own instincts. Or they don’t want to deviate from the current trends.
I won’t lie. I’ve loved many trends and copied them in some ways. And I buy mostly neutral furniture. I’m not rich, so I can’t switch out big pieces of furniture constantly.
With those more neutral pieces of furniture, I can then work with an abundance of colors to accent them.
I can change the pillow covers and smaller pieces of decor and this changes the entire look of the room.
That is a much cheaper way of decorating and introducing new colors.
So I typically go with beige, tan, or cream furniture. I don’t get bored with it because I am always changing the colors around it.
And then I can change out mostly canvas paintings (I have so many in my closet) that I’ve purchased.
I typically purchase canvas paintings because canvas is much cheaper to buy than framed paintings.
“The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave, and it feels even better to come back.” – Wendy Wunder
Well, I’ve gone on and on while I drank my cup of coffee and listened to “Tommy James And The Shondells” music on YouTube free. And now I’ve moved on to Paul McCartney music.
I like their music because I recall it from my youth. But I really prefer piano music most of the time.
Have a great day! Change something in your home. Even if it is just something small.