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Did I mention I suck at home dec?

Most people who come to my house notice I'm very bad at decorating. Even men notice...and you know it's bad when straight guys notice. I think it has to do with my priorities. I know plenty of people who do very cool things on a tight budget because they put a lot of mental energy into their homes, and a lot of work, and they're always on the lookout for cool bargains that will go with their vision.

I'm really half-assed about decorating and I don't want to spend either money or time. And it totally shows.

The curtains in my living room were particularly embarrassing, though, these bizarre muslin things I made 10 years ago that never hung right, and are now stained, with awful plastic roller-shades beneath them. So I got myself a treat and bought some bamboo blinds. Yeah, I know they're not considered a fancy window treatment by any stretch of the imagination...but I thought they'd be a nice masculine touch instead of curtains. (If I had my druthers I'd probably decorate with clean lines, deep, bold colors and lots of wood.)

I hung the big blind today. (72" wide, I think)

1. OMG okay I'm sick of hanging things, that sucked, I"m sweating and my arms hurt
2. Wow, the room looks really different

What's weird is that you can sort of see through the little slats, so you see into the back yard. And I'm at the foot of a hill, so you see green grass and shrubbery, mostly. But it's all moving in the breeze. There's light and motion on a wall where before there was nothing but some off-white plastic and stained muslin. Even the cats noticed!

The bamboo smells weird...I assume that'll go away eventually.

No pics...I gave away my bulky old camera and my new camera hasn't arrived yet. And I've never figured out how to get a photo off my cell phone ;-)



( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 21st, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
It's amazing how something like that can change the whole room!

I hate hanging things, too. And, um, my decorating skills have progressed ever so slightly past College 101, but not significantly. Something about the road bike hanging on one wall of my living room...
Aug. 21st, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
Wow, it's heartening to hear so much of my f'list could give a rat's ass about decorating too. I feel like when I go to other people's houses they've always done things with them.
Aug. 21st, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
LOL! I haven't done anything to the walls of my condo since I moved in eight years ago because I like the look... but I do have two different kinds of paneling and a mirror that's 6x15 feet. (I can hear people flinching!)
Aug. 21st, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
Hey, at least you had curtains. I've been in my house 8 years now, and I still don't have any. My idea of decorating is getting all black living room furniture. It matches, right? :P
Aug. 21st, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
HAHAHA, I love that idea! I remember when I was in art school there was a girl named Siobhan who was always dressed crazy (like everyone else in the 80's didn't look crazy, right? But at least we were wearing black) and once I overheard her saying, "Everything in my closet is a really bright color--and I figure colors go with other colors...."
Aug. 21st, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
Decorating takes time and effort that I am not very inclined to undertake. I do it every few years when I get a bee in my bonnet. My landlord put in new patio doors in my place this winter so it was the impetus I needed to put up new blinds as mine where kind of these fabric verticals that were more like cat hair verticals. Now they are plasticky verticals. HEAVY plasticky verticals.

Enjoy your new look.
Aug. 21st, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
Interesting, Tam. I get that "bee in my bonnet" thing too. But I seem to crap out before I fully realize the, uh, bee.

Part of the problem with the living room is that I hate the carpet but don't want to put money and effort into getting it replaced, so nothing can really look all that good with yards and yards of wedgewood blue carpeting in the room.
Aug. 21st, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
"colors go with other colors"

That's right! Colours go with each other. They have to. (Except for yellow and pink.) I hate colour schemes though. I mean, what if you find something outside the scheme? Is it not allowed? I've seen some people's houses where that seems to be the rule.

I like decorating but sometimes I get overwhelmed and just look at decorating magazines instead.
Aug. 21st, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC)
I suck at decorating too
Bamboo blinds are nice but my cat, Loki, loves them and no sooner are they hung then he has them bent
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