Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Confessions of a self-made decorator.

OK, I need to come out of the closet with a few of my confessions when it comes to decorating. Flame me all you want -- BRING IT ON!! Nah, just kidding, it's late, I've had some wine, and I'm just talking smack.

Here we go:

1. Silk flowers/plants: Yessssssssss I have silk flowers and plants in my house. Actually, I think the only silk flowers are out on the front door, but really. I'm OK with them.******* (Notice the asterisks...) That is, as long as they look somewhat, close to, kinda REAL. You all know what I'm talking about -- there is surely a difference. (Imagine Dollar Store florals and Pottery Barn florals-- I'm too tired to dig up pictures.) I really am more on board with the faux greenery, but I have cut down on that quite a bit lately. I only buy what I think looks real and use it sparingly.

2. I'm going to lose some friends here...but...I don't think Candice Olson is the Decorator God: Lord knows she does fantabulous work, and she is FAR superior of a decorator than I could EVER been in my WILDEST dreams and is amazing, no question, no doubt...but. I think if each time she decorated a room and stood back at that final minute and removed 20 percent of the stuff in the room, then I'd bow down to her. Hands down. I love what she does!! I just think it could be simplified a bit. (Like Candice Olson gives a .... anyway!) :)

3. I don't think More is More: I work with some amazing women who can pull a gorgeous display together and it looks SO incredible. They have fabrics draping, layers of items, cascading just stand there in awe. I envy their talent and try it on my own...and then it just looks wrong in my home. I have realized I am definitely a less is more kind of gal. I tried to force that on myself and finally understood I'm just not that kind of decorator. Heck, maybe it's just that I'm not good at that kind of decorating...very well could be. And that's OK with me!


  1. I believe you know what you're talking about because I've looked at the pictures of your home and it's gorgeous!

  2. Awww, Candice Olsen is the queen, that lady just makes everything look comfortable, yet classy, too...and she's just so darned cute and funny, her :)

    Heart you, too, even though you have silk flowers on your door, haha ;)


  3. Honestly, I find Candace Olsen a bit annoying :)

    EEEK! I KNOW!!! (no one else read this comment)

    Maybe it's before I can't afford anything in the rooms she designs ;)

  4. Sarah, I agree the silks and greenery need to be very close to real looking. I work with silks everyday. And their is a huge difference in quality. We have sold most fall silks this year than the store has in a very long time. I agree less is more when it comes to home decor. I love clean lines. But, I do also like the look of stuff in the right home. I can think of several people that have a lot of stuff. And I feel very cozy in their homes, too!!
    I think you have a great design style!! I love Candace Olson to a point. She has great style. But, can be overdone at times.
    Hugs, Terrie

  5. I must say that wow, I totally agree with you. I am a fairly new homeowner and am trying to decorate and have been finding that wow, I like the non-stuff/cluttered/more-more-more kind of look. I can appreciate it in others homes but for me, it doesn't work. I've got my fair share of stuff, but honestly. You're three little confessions made me just sit back and go "yes". Thank you for putting what I've been sturggeling/not understanding into words. You rock!


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