Monday, May 19, 2008
In Praise of Yard Art
My biggest, fattest decorating pet peeve is the in/out list. Apparently the most recent list has zeroed in on the "Home of the 80s." While the list made a few salient points, it also confused me. For example, garden art is a no-no. Who thinks up this stuff? If you'd like to read the article, click here HERE
Regarding my own home, it is relatively new and therefore should enjoy a grace period of at least 5 years before it becomes dated. Or maybe color schemes don't last as long as they once did. While acid green wasn't an 80s color, it is popular now. I love it with brown, and I adore it with pink. Green must have been historically "hot" a few hundred years ago if the library at Mellerstain House is any example:
I wonder if list creators know (or care) about the timeless decor at Cowdor Castle in Scotland (and it has a tree growing in the cellar, in the middle of a gift shop):
I'm working on a peach and brown bedroom for my house, but if this article is to be trusted, then my room is out before it's even put together. If salmon, or any shade of salmon, is "out" then I will like it even more.
My favorite house in the Lowlands of Scotland is Abbotsford, home of Sir Walter Scott. These windows overlook the River Tweed:
His paneled library would be considered timeless by anyone, I should think. Two lovely stories of books, and a brown-and-cream tweed carpet (wall to wall!).
In person (or perhaps it was the light that day), Abbotsford's dining room isn't quite this pinky-peach but no matter, I'm sure the "out-listers" would scornfully refer to it as salmon. But if you look at the china on the table, the color scheme becomes perfectly clear.
The aforementioned article ended with a caveat, warning that colors from the 80s--specially teals and mauves--will never, ever return. But they DO return--they just come back with a different name is all. Maybe I dreamed it, but didn't _Southern Accents_ just SAY that mauve is on its way back? Only they called it Blush.
If your dining room walls celebrate the colors of your wedding china, then you have just created a timeless room IMHO. If garden art causes the list-makers to snicker, then I pity them. One of my friends has a darling 16 year old daughter, and he posted hand-painted signs along his driveway. The first one says: Beware of bull. The second one says: Bull especially hates 16 year old boys.
During the move, our gazing ball was accidentally smashed, and I have been haphazardly looking for a replacement; but now I will look in earnest. I have always loved being the rule-breaking rogue, and I will flaunt that ball when I get one. In fact, I am making up my own list, and it only has one rule: whatever you love is "in" until you and you alone fall out of love with it.