December 6, 2017:


It's COLD here. Cold and windy. But the Sun has been out for the past 2 days so it's bright, and that helps me to bear the cold and the short days. Only 15 more days to Winter Solstice, and then each day, a few more minutes of daylight will magically begin to be added, and even though the cold and snow will continue, the "worst" will be over because I know we are over the hump and headed toward the Spring Equinox.

Meanwhile, I am busy decorating the tree. I dug out an old collage of photos from the former Maison Newton (above). Gosh, that was a beautiful fireplace. My current gel fuel fireplace is great, but no match for that large and lush gas fireplace in my former home. In my case, downsizing meant not only much less square footage and a single story (which IS nice), but no fireplace until I purchased my gel fuel fireplace. I love it, but there was only one wall I could put it on, and this current living room is much smaller than my former living room, so I sized the fireplace accordingly. (It was also much less expensive and did not need to be installed by professionals).

Yesterday I womaned up and muscled, huffed, puffed, cussed some, breathed heavily and heaved mightily to get my Christmas tree up the basement stairs and dragged into the living room, and then into position in front of the picture window overlooking the front of the house. Whew! Quite the work-out. But I wasn't ready this year to switch to a "single woman of a certain age" (4 foot tall) tree. Maybe next year...NAH!


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???