December 4, 2016: Hola everyone! Winter has arrived in Milwaukee and there are snow flurries today. Despite several hard freezes remarkably my "spikes" in two of my patio planters have absolutely refused to die. The rosemary and thyme plants I nursed inside the house through last winter spent the summer in their pot outside next to the side stoop off the driveway, where they get plenty of sunshine all day long. I transplanted them into a cozy sheltered spot right next to the stoop in October and they are still green and growing, too! With the delay in getting the drywall patching done in the relatively minor "reconstruction" work I had done in my kitchen, I am way behind my time in getting the house decorated. But yesterday I got my wreath decked out with extra lights and dressed the front door of the house, and my battery-operated traditional candles were put up on the window sills all around the house Friday evening. It becomes a ritual to go around at dusk and turn the tops to the right to turn the candles "on" and at bedtime to go around and turn the tops to the left to turn the candles "off." Today I put some "glittery" throw pillow covers purchased new last month from H&M on three of my sofa pillows to glam things up a bit in the living room and add some sparkle. Later on, after I sufficiently fuel myself up with wine and snacks and probably to distract myself while I listen to the Packers game on the radio, I will huff and puff and pull my artificial tree up from storage in the basement. I will decorate it simply this year. Every year I say that, and every year I end up throwing just about everything except the kitchen sink on the tree. I am very proud of myself this year, though. I did not buy a single new ornament or Christmas doo-dad for the house (throw pillow covers don't count!!!) Happy Holidays to all, with hope and fervent prayers for 2017. I've a feeling we're all going to need a lot of help from Goddess in the coming year. Jan

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Starburst Mirror - OH NO!

...he's here, he's there
He's everywhere.
Is he in Heaven?
Is he in Hell?
That demned, elusive Pimpernel...

Geez, worse than the Scarlet Pimpernel, darlings!  They're not only here, there and everywhere - those Family Dollar Stores are in my Sunday newspaper and online too!  I couldn't believe it.  Tonight when I did a google search "budget decorating" guess what popped up!



I have to say, I'm all for saving money when decorating my home.  Am I as budget-conscious as some of the ladies on the internet who have popular budget (and many that purport to be "budget" but really aren't) decorating blogs?  Hell no. 

I draw the line, for instance, on the MUST HAVE thingy for bedroom (more often than not, hanging above the head of the bed) decor, the Sunburst (or Starburst) mirror.  Guess what popped up on the home page of Family Dollar this evening:

It's big and it's only $10.  Gee, what a bargain.

And do you really want this in your home???  I don't.  Not because it's ugly, because it is not ugly.  I don't know what it looks like in person but I assume it's mostly spray-painted plastic.  That would be okay with me.  I have nothing against plastic.  I own many things made out of plastic, including my much-loved 1977 or 1978 bedroom suite that is partly made of "plastic" wood! 

My objection to this popular item is that tens of millions of people, all eager to be "fashionable," will have this or a similar looking mirror, at all price points, somewhere in their home.  Not because they like it, mind you, but simply because it is an "IT" thing to have in order to be "in," to be "cool," to be "fashionable" -- for the moment...

But - the point of decorating one's private, personal space is to BE YOURSELF! It is to reflect YOUR taste, YOUR vision, YOUR wishes, YOUR desires. Why, then, try to do an imitation of what the rich bitches do in the pages of Architectural Digest, and the geared-toward-the peon-middle-class-with aspirations-version, Traditional Home, and etc. etc.bring to the check-out stands at the local supermarket every month? I mean, really

I'm myself, and perfectly unique.  So anything I invite into my home, anything that I spend my hard-earned money on, is not because some rich person owns it or it showed up in some fancy-pants decorating magazine populated by the homes of gazillionaires.  Or even at Ikea. Or Anthropologie (they spell it wrong, of course.  How utterly de trope, darlings). 

You don't have to follow the "trends" just because everyone seems to be oooohing and aaaaahing over the latest thing.  You won't ever ever be truly satisfied with such things if you do that instead of being, pardon the cliche, true to yourself.

Learn how to decorate to satisfy your own personal heart and soul, and not because you're trying to stage a blog photo to compete with Architectural Digest or whatever. 

By the way, I do not believe that true to yourself changes every six weeks or so...  But hey, what do I know?


  1. Jan,
    I LOVE this post! LOL!!
    Thanks so much for your visit and kind comments.
    I so agree with you in that you have to follow your own heart in decorating your home. I know what style I love and what makes me happy at home. I don't care if it is not the "In" or "now" thing to do. Now I do like to take ideas and inspiration from many other bloggers but then I mold them into what I like and what will work in my house. Victorian is my thing and that is what makes me happy . It took me a long time to get to this point and I could really kick myself that years ago when I was young and stupid, that I followed decorating trends because my friends were. Now that I am older and wiser, I do what works for me .
    So Thanks so much for saying that I am an original. I take that as one of the best compliments anyone can pay to me!!

    Wishing you a fantastic day!!


    1. Hugs back, Debbie. I definitely meant the "Original" title to be a compliment! Your style may not be everyone's cup of tea, but you have the guts and gumption to follow your own vision and, at the end of the day, it's you and your loved ones who live in your home space, not anyone else. What makes YOU happy is what counts. Honored to "meet" you. Wondering - do you play chess???