Have you ever declared that something was positively over? Remember the Keep Calm and Carry On posters?
I even did a post a couple years ago about how over they are. And when I wrote said post, had I ever actually seen a Keep Calm and Carry On poster in anyone's home? Yes, in one, about a thousand miles away from mine. But not in a single home that I would see on even a monthly basis. And yet, because I was seeing them "everywhere," they were over.
And just this week I was flipping through an old House Beautiful that was predicting the big trends of 2011. In it, Newell Turner (whose editorial leadership I adore) says that Chinese garden stools are over, along with a list of other overdone things. I nodded in agreement, "Oh yes, Newell, you're so right. Those damn stools are just soooo overused!" But had I actually ever seen a garden stool used in anyone's actually home? Nope. Not once.
Noticing a pattern? I can't believe that I'm the only one who has ever avoided buying something for my own home because I've seen it in other homes in the blogosphere (or, to a lesser extent in magazines, since the homes featured usually belong to people with bigger budgets than ours).
Speaking of over, I have decided that I don't like the curtains I sewed for my office. The space is now feeling too busy to me, so I'm making lots of little changes, and the curtains just aren't floating my boat. (Don't worry... I'll recycle the fabric as pillows.) This is why I always say "nothing is ever done." :-)
I've been scouring the internet for new curtain fabric, and I decided that this was my absolute favorite: "Khanjali" by Robert Allen.
So I sat on that for a day or two, and then realized, "Crap! That's the fabric Sherry and John used for their curtains!" Yes, that Sherry and John.
Well, clearly the Khanjali fabric was no longer a viable option.
"Hold on," you may be thinking. "So, you'd avoid using a fabric just because some people on the internet whom you've never met and whose house you will never see used it?"
Yes, yes I would. A sickness? Perhaps. But I read their blog every day, and so do about 10 bajillion other people. If I used that fabric, lots of people who come over, and certainly most of this blog's readers would think, "You got the Young House Love drapes!" Not the look I'm going for.
So back to the drawing board. Here are the samples currently lingering on my magnet board as under consideration (the peacock Khanjali sample is still there, just because it's pretty).
And I think I'm leaning most toward this one, which is actually also Khanjali by Robert Allen, though in "glacier," which is enough of a difference to me. Most people (including me, I think) will never notice.
I know this all sounds completely whackadoodle, trying to avoid having anything associated with certain people or overused in our home. (And, notice, I apply this principle selectively, since I adore our soon-to-be-iconic David Trubridge pendant light in the dining room...
... and I would be overjoyed to own a Womb chair.)
Taniya Nayak of HGTV from Apartment Therapy house tour
I think the difference is that those things -- the light and the chair, and we could all think of a thousand examples -- are iconic. They're not associated with any one person, and they also don't seem tired and overused... at least not yet.
Back in the day, we would have all just gone through our lives only seeing our own home, the homes of our friends, family and neighbors and maybe a few each month featured in Better Homes and Gardens. The odds that we would have something that any of those folks have would be infinitesimally smaller than it is now, when anyone who peruses the blogosphere probably sees a few hundred homes each month.
Having a home that feels unique, like a true reflection of "us," is a lot harder now. And I'm sure that's why I've gotten so into shopping at flea markets and antiques stores, because the odds someone else will have stuff I find there is so much smaller than if I shop at West Elm and Ikea. (Of course, the old stuff is also made better, and it tends to be cheaper... that helps too!)
So tell me: am I alone in this? Or have you ever felt the same way? If you've never ever commented before, this could just be the perfect day to chime in! ;-)
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