Saturday, July 6, 2013

Pretend Decorating

Being a writer, I get to pretend a lot, but even if I weren't a writer, I'd still go on pretending (doesn't everyone? Wasn't that always the fun of Christmas catalogs before the internet pretty much put them out to pasture? I always loved looking at all the things I might want to buy even if I had limited funds).

So...(getting back to pretending here), my office has been pretty much the same for years and years. I'd show you pictures, but you might cry, since it's such a mess. I have the same poster on the wall, the same bulletin board, the same desk and even the same carpeting (which needs changing...desperately).

Now and then, I think about redecorating it, but right now that's not an option. So I simply make plans for the future (but really, I'm just pretending. By the time the future arrives, my plans will change).

So here are some of the posters I've thought about:

This one (below) has been around for years, but I still like it.

Or maybe I'll just get a new Einstein poster

That's the beauty of pretending. The possibilities are endless. 


Laney4 said...

We painted - and wallpapered one wall - in our bedroom in Aug/85 (when I was 8 months pregnant with our first). Haven't touched it since.
We painted the walls and ceiling of our daughter's bedroom probably 10 years ago - AT HER REQUEST - a dark dark blue (topped with Dalmation border to brighten it up). She should be moving out later this year, and my plan is to gut the room, probably painting it yellow or soft green. (Don't care right now as to the colour; just that it's lighter.)
We painted my son's room Toronto Maple Leaf blue it must be over 20 years ago. It was refreshed when he bought a queen-size bed to squeeze into it almost 10 years ago now.
The main floor (of our split level) has been painted every 5-7 years probably; it isn't so bad.
We put wallpaper on one wall of my office in the basement and painted the walls over 25 years ago.
We've never touched the rec room.
We DID repaint the bricks in our laundry room once, maybe 15 years ago.
We've lived here 30 years this December and never changed the wall-to-wall carpeting or rugs throughout.
We put these things on our to-do list, but there's always something far more important to pay our hard-earned money on - like trips out west to visit family for their daughters' weddings, an occasional vacation (usually locally nowadays), shingling for our house/carport/garage (twice), siding for parts of the house, car repairs, and the list goes on and on.
Once my daughter moves out, though, THAT is the impetus for me to rip apart her room. Haven't decided on whether to pull out her carpeting or not, though. We have hardwoods underneath, but her room is becoming my scrapbooking/sewing/guest room, and I probably need the carpeting under my feet for my plantar fasciitis. It's possible my husband and I will check out remnants and then just do it ourselves to save money. I have the floor plan already determined in order to squeeze everything in, with furniture drawers/cabinets opening properly, as her bedroom is VERY tiny.
Long story longer: you aren't the only one who probably should redecorate, but there are far worse things in life. Go easy on yourself and dream some more, LOL!

Myrna Mackenzie said...

Elaine, I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one! Decorating is an expensive and time-intensive process, isn't it? We redid a bedroom last year and then decided to give it a rest for awhile.

Laney4 said...

Hey again,

I redesigned our kitchen back in 1998. We didn't hire until the 17th - yes the seventeenth - contractor came here and said he could do what I asked. So many of them refused to do custom work, and I wanted to utilize every square inch in our kitchen. We have a cupboard that opens in our kitchen AND in our dining room, as our dining room table doubles as our kitchen table. There wasn't room for a table in our kitchen. I changed our closet to a pantry that goes right to the ceiling now. Basically they used premade cupboards everywhere possible, and then made one tiny pullout drawer (from a picture I submitted) to use up the last 7 inches of space available.

We redid our bathroom in the early 2000s (can't remember when).

Both were big jobs and displaced our family for ages. Am really glad that is over. Like you, we "decided to give it a rest for awhile".

Since my daughter WILL be moving out, and my life would be much easier if I could spread my scrapbooking stuff out in her old room, it has forced me to look at decorating again. My husband is not happy with all my "plans", but we need to update as we go. One thing leads to another, as I'm sure you also know. Once I move all my husband's blazers and winter coats from the front closet (to make it more visually appealing and less crowded at the front entranceway), we'll be able to see all the scuff marks in there. So ... we'll need to repaint the front closet ... which leads to repainting the entire living room/dining room/kitchen areas in that circle. Vicious circle is what it is....