Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I went to the library today.


You have no idea what a big deal that is for me. If I want a book, I am like, "Oh! Amazon Prime, how 'bout I order my book today and I get free 2-day shipping."

Now, don't get me wrong, I love me some Amazon Prime, but I am running out of bookshelf space. And money. I have been spending like a drunken sailor. The Anxiety Week series was a bit of a wake-up call.

I am going on a spending diet. I am getting my financial shit a little bit more in order (I just turned in an expense report from '06. I also have had stocks sitting in an "abandoned property fund" at Schwab for about a year and just today claimed it. This is just a slice of my financial delinquency.).

So today I wanted new books. I was about to buy them online. But here's the thing: I live - I am not kidding - about a half block from the library. I went there today and got two books.... for free. What a concept!

I don't play the lottery, so I can't win (see last post). But I can spend less. I want that fucking San Juan vacation house, my friends. And I will have it. Time for me to live below (way below) my means so I can get that island house LIKE I DESERVE, damn it.



On another note, I think I am running out of gas. I haven't had the most inspired blog ideas the last few days. Maybe I need a break. Or maybe just new ideas.

Do you have topics, ideas? Anything we should cover? I am taking all suggestions, and would even consider a guest post. Let me know what we need to tackle next.

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

well, you just checked out some books... how about a list of your favorite design books? or a list of "must-have" books for everyone wanting to build their collection?

kristinimartini said...

you like to drink no? how bout your fave bar interiors?
or places to eat, or shop? think of the justification of drinking somewhere for"research"! i live in seattle if ya ever need a buddy....(i am not a weird freak stalking you btw)

lsaspacey said...

Did you ever post my decorating dilemma with the 12.75 ft ceilings, icky bad paint color, French doors, and what the h--- kind of window treatments I could do to make it look good? I sent it a while back when you asked for submissions.

I would really appreciate some help on this room, or does that not count and you are looking more for something interesting to write about?

Anonymous said...

Why is it that even in today's enlightened times, designers feel they have to change their names in order to be successful, much in the same way Archie Leach, Frances Gumm and Lucille Fay LeSueur did...who sits them down at a young age and tells them that they could be a star if they ditched the last name "Lipshitz" and became Ralph Lauren?

bill said...

I'm trying to do the same thing - emphasis on trying - but my birthday was Saturday & I bought 6 amazing pairs of shoes - but I had to right, it was my birthday! So I would love some posts on how you are being thrifty or being tempted to buy some great shit but can't...

melissa said...

i think a rant is in order for those awful "team colors" line of paint. it should never be used unless it's hidden away in a dark dingy man-cave. and even then it's suspect.

Anonymous said...

poss. topic: Guilty Decor Pleasures.

(cheap/tacky/stupid/outdated/tasteless decor things that give you a rush of pleasure everytime you look at them.)

Anonymous said...

"Man-Caves"! (see Melissa's comment)

I don't know what they are, but I like the sound of 'em.

decorno said...

Oh man, we have a serious man-cave at our house. I might needs to take photos and give everyone the tour. It will blow your mind (and not in a good way).

Decor guilty pleasures is also a great suggestions. Thanks!

simply seleta said...

I have post ideas [and would be willing to help out]

- the power of white rooms and why we love them
- amazing beach spaces by fabulous designers here
- the top 10 ugly things you don't want in your house
- why "theme" rooms are just wrong

morrismore said...

Designers we hate, and why!

Anonymous said...

I like Morrismore!

Jules said...

I like Simply Seleta's ideas.

Also, Simply Seleta, I've been trying to find a way to contact you to thank you for your suggestions on my McMansion nightmare. We're doing much of what you and a few others suggested. So, thanks! :)

Sorry to highjack, Decorno.

Decorno said...

Anon and Morrismore - you two are a match made in heaven!

~M said...

How about this email I got from Williams Sonoma, "Coral: A Bright Summer Trend"

http://www.wshome.com/shop/new/ACCCOR/index.cfm?bnrid=4231016&cm_ven=e3&cm_cat=EDM&cm_pla=coral_silos&cm_ite=shop_trend&flash=on

I immediately thought of you and thought you'd agree that calling this a trend is ridiculous. This is no longer a trend, this is like, skull scarves and flip-flops and juicy tracksuits and zebra (though I still like zebra, probably because I don't have any)...I dunno. It's not a trend. Coral must go.

morrismore said...

Okay, so I don't burn in hell...how about "least favorite rooms of our favorite designers"? I can think of several, right off the top of my head!

Anonymous said...

Oh man, so can I. One involving turquoise double-gourd lamps...

ceVec said...

I'd second the favorite design books ... but since this is Decorno, how about some vintage "so bad, it's good" images?

I've also been getting design books from the library lately; even requesting that they purchase it for me if it's too expensive for my blood or I can't find a copy to look through in person before deciding to buy.

Anonymous said...

The "favorite design books" thing is already well covered in:

http://bibliostylebooks.blogspot.com/

and

stylecourt.blogspot.com

merry said...

Not just a man cave tour, but perhaps how to survive and adapt to (conquer?) the man cave territory. i just got married and moved in to his place and OH MY GOD. i found this baby squirreled away which makes some of your recent hot or not lamp posts look very desirable, imo.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/merrypics/2436802513/

Anonymous said...

girl, i feel for you. i too feel stuck in a rut, and less than inspired. i have begun a deep spring clean ( car is loaded with donations) so that i can have some space again for dreaming and thinking. i am a total bitch during this process but the end result will be liberating.

morrismore said...

Merry, that lamp is unbelievable!

Anonymous said...

merry I wouldn't even donate that lamp, because I wouldn't want to imagine someone using it. Straight to the dump.

Anonymous said...

It's impressive in its hideosity. You should submit it to an Ugliness Museum.

mrlfvl said...

Ok, you cannot stop posting. You are my favorite blog. Here are a few topics you could tackle:

Rouched chandelier chain covers - pretty and sophisticated or akin to the toaster cozy and toilet seat cover?

Monograms - how much is too much?

Coral - will my Raynaud Cristobal wedding china EVER look cool again considering I registered for it before the obnoxious coral craze began and now I own like $5000 worth of the stuff

That's off the top of my head...
hope it helps
Megan

merry said...

we should only hope that PB doesn't do its own interpretation of the lamp. shudder.

Anonymous said...

Why do we need monograms? It's our own house; we KNOW that the sheets are ours, the towels are ours... It's not like this is summer camp, and some other kid's linens could get mixed up with ours.

what's in a name? said...

Thank you Anon 7:39, monograms seriously bug me. It is like saying these linens/cloths are still mine, even after you are dead.

Anonymous said...

It's part of the fake-WASP thing that plagues the decor world today (and not in the jokey, Jonathan Adler way). Another example: people putting on their profiles that they live on "The Upper East Side" rather than in "Manhattan."

It's giving yourself an "Old Money" identity but putting it out there with Donald Trump-style crudeness.

morrismore said...

I recently saw photographs of Ralph Lauren's home in Bedford (on Habitually Chic's blog). The monograms are enormous on pillows. Because so many people wear his stuff (with his monogram)it lessened the old money impression and made me feel as if I was in his flagship store instead....

Anonymous said...

New topic for you, Decks.

We've picked on Domino, we've torn at Architectural Digest, and we've picked apart Elle Decor.

It's time to turn to decor blogs.
The good, the bad, and the ugly.

No need to name individual blog names, but:

Are blogs getting suffocated by too much reverence/necrophilia for the Dead Old Rich Dames? (Syrie Maugham, Rose Cumming, Sister Parish, Diana Vreeland, blah blah blah)

Are blogs cheerleading contemporary young designers too much, and too mindlessly?

Should blogs unquestioningly accept everything magazines and designers' PR people feed them?

Should bloggers ever practice skepticism? Independence? Objectivity? Or are those the obligations of journalists alone?

mrlfvl said...

Here's a new topic - Swags and Jabots - I challenge anyone to show me an example that is not disgusting...

Anonymous said...

Okay, I'm probably a few days late...but back to Ralph Lauren and monograms. He's really Ralph Lipshitz, (as I'm sure you all know, just ask Sandra Bernhard who had an entire stand up routine around this very topic) and was quoted once saying:

"When I was growing up and reading books in school, the characters were all called Jim and Judy or something like that, and the station wagon was the car of comfort for the family. The family would go for a ride, mother and father and sister and brother and their little dog. It was the ideal life of the American culture. The dark green Woody represented something to me.... It represented part of the dream of my life that had to do with the culture I grew up in."

http://carpundit.typepad.com/carpundit/2005/04/robert_farago_o.html

Back to monogramming, it's all some fantasy image of what WASPs, the old guard, would do. In fact, for those of you who remember the NYT article, the real deal are fond of living with tumbledown, rickety stuff (see the following:http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/02/garden/02newport.html )

I guess fashion is about someone's youthful fantasy about what the highbrow are up to, or the fashionable, or whatever appeals to a young impressionable mind. And the rest of us follow, wallets open, buying into a collective fantasy. How many vintage flea market aficionados go into Anthropologie or look at Jonathan Adler and feel highjacked?

By the way, love the idea of how/why certain decor blogs work and others don't. Okay, maybe a rant on which designer fantasies work for certain readers and why?

Anonymous said...

How about Norbert - you should write about him.
:)