As some of you know, I like to run an occasional series called THINGS THAT ARE WRONG, where I somehow mistake my having a blog as justification for making all kinds of obnoxious pronouncements about home decor.
Well, I just arrived in NY for a work trip and it's a little too hectic to give you a full-on new edition of THINGS THAT ARE WRONG, but I am going to take up one particular thing that drive me nuts while seeing it in O at Home magazine on the flight here:
Those little wooden wall-mounted boxes. I don't get it. They look cheap and Ikea-y and promote a kind of emotionless decoration of your space. In the case of our friends at the otherwise-cute CA bungalow, look at that anonymous photography above the sofa. That whole wall looks like a dressing room at Banana Republic. It's like what people do with their homes when they want it to look "done" and politely cool. But it's so wrong. I would rather see a 10-cent collection of paint-by-numbers horse portraits.
Although, I confess, I am just not a fan of this look. I don't like metal feet on sofas. I don't like a home where you can tell more than 3 items were found at Crate and Barrel. The whole look is just so Nouveau-Bachelor... like when single hedge fund managers come into money and ditch the wilting black leather sofa and get all this boxy/metal/ultrasuede crap and hang up a faux-Mapplethorpe photo and call it "style."
Decorno says, if you have those wall-mounted thingies in your house, choke down a vodka tonic, pull up your Brave Pants and tear them off the wall. Tomorrow you are going to bravely spackle and touch-up the paint on the wall and then you're going to live with the bare walls for a while. You're going to really ask yourself... what do I want to look at? You're going to look up your local art schools and universities and galleries and you're going to find something more inspired to put up. Or you're going to make sure that your next trip - no matter where it is - involves a flea market and you will look for old maps or photos or ephemera and you will have them framed and you will live with those and love it. Or you will email Decorno with a photo of your now-empty wall, and if you're really stumped, you will let me post said photo on this blog, and the good readers of Decorno will give you all kinds of advice and inspiration.
Together, friends, is a new day. We will say No Thanks to impersonal decor, picked up from the cheapie bins at Ikea and we will say Yes to slowly collecting things we love and adding them to our homes.
Say it with me now: No more disposable decor.
Feels good to finally say it, huh?
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Labels: Things that are wrong.