DIY decorating trends and dreams

DIY decorating trends and dreams

As a popular joke goes, if I really want to catch Mr. Wonderful’s attention, I need only walk around in front of him with a tape measure in hand and mumble something about a “bearing wall”. It strikes fear into his heart every time.

On that note, I think everyone needs to commend the splendid self-control it took for me not to ask Mr. Wonderful to fetch a huge sandstone porch set that I saw for sale. It’s just a plain old thing of seven columns, 40 feet of headland, six dozen columns, and an assortment of archways and tire stones that would require an 18-wheeler and excavator to disassemble. It’s big, cool, and totally unwieldy. This is definitely in my wheelhouse.

Speaking of impractical items, I still hunt down thrift stores and online sources for an oversized antique mirror. As mentioned above, I’m a huge fan of impractical and impractical things. If it takes a pickup truck, a red flag at the end and four tough guys – take my money!

Not to say I first liked our son-in-law when he carried a claw-foot tub across the yard and up three flights of stairs to me—but it certainly didn’t hurt his credibility. Side note: You may want to make “the ability to lift 500 pounds” a condition of dating your child.

Do it yourself

As an avid DIY enthusiast, I just went down low for a recent renovation of our dresser-turned-bookshelf. A “closet” only in the loosest sense, was more precisely an alcove with a door. We removed the door, added shelves, and now we have a great built-in bookshelf.

I am so pleased with it that I thanked Mr. Wonderful for a solid week. It’s important to express gratitude when a guy spends his weekend with his head and shoulders stuck inside a dusty old closet for me. Perhaps he thought he could rest on this feat for a while.

It’s adorable.

I am a home project addict. I have accepted this as fact. Mr. Wonderful has accepted it as his destiny. We renovated our kitchen six years ago. This means that by modern standards it is hopelessly outdated. It has already outgrown the gray finishes and circa 2016 gray color scheme.


Now that it’s been more than a decade since the “modern farmhouse” trend has passed, it’s become imperative to mock the textual signs urging us to “live, love, laugh” or “pool.” We were, in fact, way ahead of that age. A few years ago, BoyWonder and Mr. Wonderful conspired to make a dapper lettered sign for our porch that said “leave.” I’m not interested. I love him.

Farmhouse style is a decorating move like any other. It all started in the era of visual social media programming. This fact seems to make her a target of ridicule today.

Farmhouse style with its light gray and white color scheme is what Early Americans were today in the 1970s. I’m no history major, but it’s fairly well established that early Americans didn’t actually have plaid sofas, plastic vultures on everything, and a deep herringbone rug.

Every generation embraces a look. Don’t get me started on the white country geese with blue bows of the late 1980s. Take note: they’re coming back.

my style

My new trend is dark, wallpapery, and maybe a hint of ’80s William Morris meets swing with the bookstore and a dash of the Golden Girls collection. A few things in our home game, and I’m fine with that. I call my own style of decorating early auction.

It is also very popular for people who make shadow boxes and other art from cool items they find while renovating a historic building. Buttons, shoes, scraps of wallpaper, old silver bottles, and fancy bottles are just a few of the finds that will eventually turn up.

Our house is over 120 years old, and we’ve done a lot of remodeling. Floor finishing, extensive gardening, digging, grading and steel fractures. I’m still waiting to find something rare and amazing. So far, in addition to the last voucher (which expired circa 1956), we’ve found a few spent shotgun shells, one spoon, a mummified squirrel, and half a small toy car from the mid-20th century. Also beer cans. Lots of beer cans.

I just choose to keep moving forward with my projects and counting my blessings. We have a house to renovate and it is definitely a gift. Not to mention, any day that I don’t find a cursed doll, or an evil mirror, or a painting that changes every time you look at it in that old house is a good day for me.

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