One of these things is not like the others, One of these things just doesn’t belong… now that I have successfully gotten that song stuck in your head let’s talk home decor.
The other week I joined a Facebook Group about Home Decorating and considering I am in the process of renovating my first home I thought it would be a great way to source inspiration; and at first it was great. There were posts on up-cycling furniture, photos of beautiful rooms, home renovations, inspiration with Kmart items, and then more inspiration with Kmart item… but like a scene from the Stepford Wives movie everything started to get eerily the same. You see, I slowly started to realise all their houses looked the same, and that all their furniture was the same, their quilt covers were all the same. There was so much brass, and concrete and pastel that I started to feel discouraged looking around at my 1940’s built and vintage furnished house. It wasn’t as bright as the other homes, it wasn’t as pastel as the other homes, it didn’t seem as white as other homes. And it was then that I realised this wasn’t just happening on this Facebook Group but also on TV. I am currently addicted to the Nine Life channel and it sometimes breaks my heart when decorators start fixing/modernising homes that look like mine and take away what makes them unique to make them ‘sell-able” – it almost makes me want to cry.
It was in this moment that I had the realisation that my home wasn’t the same, but you know what, I loved how my house looked and I knew there would be others who felt the same way. So onto Pinterest I went. If Pinterest isn’t already your BFF, it should be. Not only is it an amazing source of inspiration, but it’s like that creepy neighbour who knows too much about what you are doing. And in this instance Pinterest knew what I was looking for and that was the word ECLECTIC.
My home was eclectic, and with that one simple word I had found others like me. I felt I was no longer alone in a Facebook Group of Stepford Wives, and there were people out there just like me who liked it when things clashed, or how their Grandmother’s old bowl looked on their dining room table, and how it was filled with handcrafted and vintage treasures found via Etsy’s home decor inspirations. They knew how to embrace dark wood, and how to not paint everything white. There were others like me and they were inspiring! They were mixing the old with the new and it looked AMAZING. (We all know I am just being dramatic, as I do love a touch of brass and pastel in my life and I totally appreciate and swoon over these home. But you know what? They aren’t really me).
So for all the ECLECTIC HOME DECOR LOVERS – This is for you!