I have lived long enough to be able to see that fashions go in cycles. I've personally seen peasant blouses that were popular in the 1970's come back in style. Also ponchos - I had one as a kid in the 1970's, then around 2004 they were popular again for a minute. Ditto for boots, which are again popular.
I could not care less about clothes. However, I am endlessly fascinated by home decor.
I watch a lot of HGTV and I am amused to see home furnishings going in and out of popularity. Granite countertops are so 5 minutes ago, for instance.
Subway tile backsplashes are still hot.
Wallpaper borders are "dated."
"Mid century modern" is what I would call "old 1950's stuff." Ugh. Not to my liking.
If I hear the phrases "pop of color" or "wow factor" ever again I may throw something at the TV.
I was delighted the other day to hear a guy looking for houses on an HGTV show say "I don't LIKE open concept." YOU ROCK, MY MAN!
What made me think of this was a link on Facebook to this Wall Street Journal article Decorating With Teal, the Color People Love to Hate. The example photo comes from the home of author Mary Kay Andrews [aka Mathy Hogan Trochek], an author I like a lot.
"Novelist Kathy Hogan Trocheck embraced the teal-painted porch floors left by the owner of a cottage she and her husband bought in Georgia two years ago (“It feels like you’re walking in the Caribbean,” she said). But the porch dining area is otherwise furnished in neutrals and only touches of color."
Who owns that cottage with the teal floor?! The photos of the cottage I've seen, from her owner's Facebook page, show a charming place, decorated eclectically but very attractively. (MKA owns two Tybee Island beach rentals, The Breeze Inn and Ebbtide and both are quite attractive.)
What infuriates me about the article is that it's undermining everything I feel to be true about home decor and fashion, in general. Why should anyone tell anyone else how to decorate? It's ridiculous. If everyone had the same taste, what a boring world we'd have.
Here's Dee's Gold Rule of Fashion:
WEAR WHATEVER YOU LIKE and DECORATE YOUR HOUSE WHATEVER WAY YOU LIKE
You have to live inside your skin and inside your house. If you like to wear clothing considered "out of style" go ahead. Wear it proudly. WHO CARES what other people think?! They aren't YOU. Ditto for your house. YOU are the one living in it.
My kitchen countertops are terra cotta tile. Any decorator would be horrified by them. I love them. Not keen on the colors, but the fact that I can take a dish right out of the oven and set it on the counter without a trivet is WONDERFUL.
I am always amused/appalled by people who hire decorators. They then pay a lot more than necessary because that decorator has to get their commission. Why not just go out and look around and buy what YOU like?!
I have a friend who is fond of buying dark oil portraits of long-dead people not related to her in any way, and putting groupings of 3-6 of them on the walls. I would not want them on my walls, but she likes them.
I have a relative whose living room has 10 different patterns of fabric in it. Not my taste, but so what?! It's HER living room.
Over and over on the HGTV shows, I see the "after" walls painted some icky neutral color, no curtains on the windows, and one pathetic little sofa pillow the only "pop of color" in the entire room. Well if you're trying to sell a house, fine. Be as bland and boring as possible because most people FEAR strong color. Sell that beige house.
One of the joys of my life was buying a condo and realizing I could paint the walls any color I liked, and put down blue carpet, and once I got through, my little condo was beautiful. I eventually painted the walls of my bedroom deep pink, and my tiny kitchen walls pale purple. It was MY home. Then I tried to sell it, and no offers came in. I finally, reluctantly, had all the walls painted "eggshell." By then I was living in my house. I never got the condo sold, but I got a renter in there. I may one day move back to the condo, and I hope I will be able to afford to re-carpet and re-paint.
below, the condo before I moved out