I think it’s because it all looks so lovely when it’s decorated for the holidays. But the snowmen that took the place of the Christmas decorations just aren’t cutting it for me this year. I’m tired of them. I’m tired of winter. I’m tired of having no ideas for how to make things look better than they do. Because, truthfully, I just do not have the decorating eye.
It’s a real thing. Some people are able to visualize rooms in their minds. They ‘see’ light and color and how things blend. These are not people who cock their head doubtfully at a color swatch and a piece of carpet and ask, “Do these even match?” They don’t have to ask. They already know. And they definitely are not people who spend months poring over wallpaper samples only to see two strips on the wall and say, “Take it down. I hate it.”
It’s important to know one’s strengths, I always say. I’m good at juggling fourteen schedules at once and fulfilling multiple obligations simultaneously. I’m a decent cook (my favorite meal is appetizers!) and I am creative when it comes to dreaming up murderous suspense plots. But I don’t have a creative home decorating bone in my body.
It’s sad when I have to come home after the cleaning lady has been there and see where she has moved things and tilt my head, before saying, “Huh. Yep, it does look better there!”
I’ve got part of the knack down…the buying part 🙂 I am perfectly able to pick out things I like, things that will look good in my house. But tying a room all together…paint, pillows, curtains, knickknacks, wall hangings…not so much. There always seems to be something missing. I need to be able to sign up for a service where the designers come and know exactly what look I’m going for (they’d arrive at this information intuitively since I’m unable to articulate it) and then they’d pinpoint exactly what the room is missing, show me books with lovely samples of each from which I can choose, and then they’d order it and put it all together for me since I really don’t like that part either. Basically I need someone to just come in an do my house in my taste, one room at a time.
Is that so much to ask?
You’re probably going to tell me that these services do indeed exist for people who don’t live in the boonies. Sigh. But unless they make boonies house calls, I’m still gonna be out scrolling through new ideas for sprucing up the place, one piece at at a time.
Do you have the ‘eye’ or are you as adrift as I am when it comes to whipping up a new look for your home? What’s your favorite place to get home decorating ideas?