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Just What The World Doesn’t Need: Another Monet Print


After the Great Condo Fiasco of 2005, we have been a bit gun shy about decorating the new house. Although I may not necessarily LIKE the colors that most of the walls are painted, none of them are as horrific as the Houses of the Holy orange of our bedroom in said condo. Most rooms are tolerable, especially now since the main floor bathroom is (mostly) completed.

I’ve inherited (thanks, Dad) a genuine fear of hanging pictures because OHMYGOD IT MIGHT MAKE HOLES THAT I HAVE TO SPACKLE! If there is something beyond the fact that I now do not vomit when I see the 3!!! different prints of wallpaper clashing mightily, I am now not afraid of spackle (I did, afterall, spackle most of all 4 walls. Oh, the damage that the wallpaper inflicted upon those poor walls). Since we are entertaining, I decided to both frame and hang many of the pictures we have been waiting to hang (waiting for what, I’ll never be sure..a bus to come, a train to go, or waiting around for a yes or no, I’m pretty sure that I was waiting for someone else to do this for me, but no one volunteered, sadly enough.).

Unfortunately for anyone who happens to walk into my home, the walls in the hallway now look as though pictures of my family have been vomited all over the walls. It makes us appear to be completely narcissitic and self-absorbed, which may be the case (2 blogs!! Oh, SNAP!!) and all, but yeah, it’s overkill.

I need to remedy this situation post haste, but am unsure how to do so. I don’t have any sort of eye for decorating houses and typically rely on bright and bold paint colors to mask this. Painting is, though, for now out of the question completely, so what to do? I’m dying for my home to be well put together and flow nicely, but have no real way of making this a reality. I love funky stuff, but I have no idea where to get stuff like that (and no, sadly, I was lying about the Miller Lite signs in my living room. They’re actually in my bedroom. Classy, I know). My family is FULL of useful people, so of course I have an interior decorator that I can invite over, but she’s OCD and might explode unless my home is perfectly cleaned.

How do normal people do this sort of thing? Any ideas?

10 Comments to

“Just What The World Doesn’t Need: Another Monet Print”

  1. On November 3rd, 2007 at 2:36 pm Emily Says:

    Normal people publish photos of their homes and ask the Internet! Duh!

    (Seriously? This is the kind of thing I am ALL OVER. Would love to see photos.)

  2. On November 3rd, 2007 at 4:42 pm Ashley Says:

    I’d love to help, but I am unable to think outside the box of my own taste…so your house would end up looking like a much bigger version of my house. And somehow, I’m thinking that’s not what you’re aiming for. However, I have discovered a new great love this weekend. World Market. And they seem to be full of interesting objects intended for decorating.

  3. On November 3rd, 2007 at 5:25 pm becky Says:

    Emily, I am so doing this, but I’m going to need your help. I suck ass at any kind of decorating (unless it happens to be jewelery, in which case it’s Tiffany’s all the way).

    Ashley, ANY input would help. I’m terrible at this sort of thing. World Market DOES kick ass, but I can never visualize what I want a room to look like.

  4. On November 4th, 2007 at 7:30 am Chris Says:

  5. On November 4th, 2007 at 10:09 am jozet Says:

    I love seeing family photos on the wall. Maybe just do something funky like put them all in similar (inexpensive) frames with all different color matting?

    Or this is cute,21863,1069550,00.html

    Here’s some ideas
    I hope those codes work. If not just Google How to display family photos

  6. On November 4th, 2007 at 10:18 am becky Says:

    OOOH! Thanks Chris and Jozet! I love the real simple one. It’s great. I think that I will try to do this! You guys are so smart!

  7. On November 4th, 2007 at 3:53 pm Tony Says:

    normal people..I have no idea. Angela plays a lot of SIMS so I guess that makes her most qualified. I think she has already built, decorated, remodeled and torn down our new place 3 or 4 times in the last month. She lives for decorating

  8. On November 4th, 2007 at 5:00 pm becky Says:

    I may need to borrow Angela, Tony. Hope that you don’t mind.

  9. On November 5th, 2007 at 10:53 am Cara Says:

    I have been on a decorating kick myself. I have the opposite problem as you–I have very decided opinions as to what I want, and some things are proving difficult to find.

    If you want, I can come over with my decorating magazines and notes some weekend.

  10. On November 5th, 2007 at 12:15 pm becky Says:

    I’d love it if you did, Cara. We’d love to see you!

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