Tuesday, March 23, 2010
It's an accepted fact in the real estate world that most people who tour model homes are just "lookie-loos" who come mostly to see the decorating. . . to get ideas on how to arrange and fix up their own homes and comment on the taste-- or lack thereof-- of the decorators who slave to make the model look tasteful, effortlessly elegant, and liveable at the same time. Most of those people (me included) never even consider hiring those same decorators to come and do something with their own homes. Because that would cost money. And while our homes may be the biggest expense and the biggest influence on our happiness and our growth as human beings-- most of us are too cheap to invest in something like "advice." (Unless it's going to keep us out of jail.)
My one brush with an interior decorator/designer was some years ago. She was an employee of a huge and respected furnishings store (okay, it was Daytons) and she had blue-white hair and wore scarves that made me drool. She really believed we needed flowers and chintz in our lives, but we decided we were more the leather and stripes kind of people. (Don't ask.) We parted ways after purchasing one rug-- that I still use to this day.
I bring all of this up because somebody asked what my "style" was the other day. I said without thinking "traditional." Which sounds stuffy and. . . well. . . traditional. But it's my conviction that a majority of people consider their tastes to be "traditional"-- whatever that is. The room above is what I call traditional. It's what I aspire to, on most days. But hey, I can think outside the box. I have my natural, recyclable, modern, and avante garde moments. So when I went onto the net to look for ideas, recently, I came up with some eye-popping alternatives to staid old "traditional." For your viewing pleasure, I present my out-of-box furnishings ideas. . .
First up is the "natural" look, which has great appeal for me. It's like living in the great outdoors, only a little more civilized. And check out the boulders!!
Wouldn't these be great in a kids' playroom? Or just in the family room?
Then, there are the more modern pieces and motifs. . .
and. . .
The recycled or recyclable stuff. . .
Then there are the truly unusual. . . stuff that would make your guests go "Huh?" or "Ouch" or "Cool." See if you can figure out what these are. . .
Okay, when I reached the COW sofa, I realized I'd strayed too far from the path. But it was fun being out there in the stratosphere for a while, and it made me realize that I'm pretty hidebound in my environment. I could open up a bit. . . maybe with color first. Some paint on the walls. . . a few zingy throw pillows. . . start small. . . a boulder or two in the corner. . .
So what are you? Traditional? Contemporary? Cottage cute? Shabby chic? Clean and contemporary? Avante Guarde? Goth and Proud? Single and Swingin'? Modern or Post-modern? Eclectic? Grandma's Attic?
For the record, the wavy bookshelves are from a Dr. Seuss collection and the metallic monster coffee table is from the "Aliens" collection. The rest of the pieces are genuine, real furniture. Scary, huh? What would you think if you visited somewhere and they asked you to have a seat on their cactus sofa?