Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Trends I want to Keep in '13

So, the blogosphere has been posting all these "Emerald is the new mustard" and "Chevron is so out" posts, and I feel the need to retaliate.

BITCH PLEASE NO THEY AREN'T.

Here are my feelings on the new "MUST HAVES" for 2013:

Statement: CHEVRON MUST GO.
Reply: NO. NO. NO. IT MUST STAY.


I want Chevron to stay. Why? Because I freaking love Chevron. Got a problem with it? Too, bad. I'm still putting it all over my house.

Statement: Houndstooth is the new Chevron.
Reply:

Statement: Grey and Yellow is over
Reply: No it's not. Because I just did my whole freaking house. Sooooo, it's fine. Remember the table debacle? Please don't make me do that over again...

Statement: Emerald is the new Mustard
Reply: That's cool. I'm fine with that. I can rock some emerald, just don't make me get rid of my mustard.

Statement: Owls and Sparrows are Out/Foxes and Jackrabbits are in
Reply: Who gets to decide which freaking animals are trendy? Is there a committee I didn't go to? In the Wagner house, Owls and Birds will never be out. We used them in our wedding and we had them all over our house before it was cool. Call us animal hipsters I guess. It just happened to be convenient for when they were put all over the stores.



People, we each own our houses. Why do we have to do what some weird internet monster in the sky tells us to do? It seems like whenever someone I know comes up with a new and interesting idea, it explodes, everyone does it, and then the next thing you know, you look at a kitchen and you can say exactly what year it was remodeled.

I know if anyone wishes to achieve the "timeless" look that they should stick to antiques and traditional furniture, but to me, that doesn't say anything about a personality. I like pops of colors and weird custom things. I will be devastated if someone can look at my house and say, "Oh, pallets, she did that in 2012..." or "Gray as a neutral...so 2012"

We do not design around what is in (we do steal ideas from Pinterest and make them our own though...) and we get super bummed when cool ideas explode past the idea of them being cool anymore (granite counter tops anyone?). Maybe we are hipsters and we didn't know it.

Moral of this long winded story. Do what makes you happy. I will certainly keep decorating the way I want to, even if it is "out" (who even gets to freaking decide that?!) And I hope you won't hate it when I chevron all the things.


20 comments:

  1. AMEN!
    My house neutral is gray, my new blog design is mustard, and I love zig zags. Suck it internet machines!

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  2. AMen to that! I do what makes me happy...who the hell can afford to keep up with all those "rules" anyway?!

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    1. Seriously- do people have a magic bank account to spend thousands of dollars a year on decorating or something?

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  3. I have to agree with you. Do what makes you happy with your own home, rather than trying to keep up with the yearly trends. The idea of changing everything out in my home that often is exhausting. Seriously, if you're so willing to swap things based on a trend, did you really like what you accomplished or did you do it just to be trendy? I know what MY answer would be.

    Though it is funny because when I was digging through stacks of art and old frames at Goodwill the other day I commented to Rob that I'll put up a gallery wall and the next week gallery walls will be "dated." Well, too bad, I really like the idea and it's staying!

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    1. Preach it, sister! Nate and I were having that talk the other day about some wall paper I want to put up. I was like, "do I want to put up something that will get dated so fast?" then I thought and yes, yes, I do.

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    2. Half the shows on HGTV would have nothing to feature if folks stopped putting up wallpaper.

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  4. I still have to make a farmhouse table and stick some industrial looking chairs with it, so, yeah, trends need to stick around for more than a couple of years!

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  5. I color blocked chairs, so I guess I don't fear sticking with trendy furniture after it's passé! At the same time I do get sick of trends and once I decide I'm over it, then I can change it. (Notice I said I there on the decision part.) I agree with you though. Ultimately you decide what you love and want to surround yourself with trendy or not.

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    1. The joy of inexpensive DIY: you can redo it as many times as you want and you're still ahead!

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  6. My first job was for a decorator and we used to actually get mailings like "Things That Are Now Are Horrifically Dated and Terribly Ugly, Although We Preached It As The Hot New Thing Last Year" and "This Is Now The Hot New Thing."

    What made it bad is that the manufacturers would go along, so, for example, suddenly all wallpaper and fabric was hunter green and burgundy and there wasn't a non-baby pastel fabric/wallpaper to be had.

    Because of this experience I do think I can usually peg "trends which will take over the world" and try to avoid them, but really, just go with what you love and you'll love what you have. If you are buying chevron because it's all that is in the stores-trend. If you are buying it because you honestly love it-good decorating decision.

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    1. Commercialism. PSH. Makes me want to stick it to the man.

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  7. I'm so proud. My work here is done. Do what makes you happy, my daughter says.....Yep. I can move on now. Love Love.

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  8. Lol, this post makes me so happy. I think my favorite is "why not both?" LOL! I'm allllll about doing what I want, whether anyone likes it or not. Hench, the rainbow freaking rug in the middle of my living room. My house= my rules.

    But... I do love me some foxes. I feel like I loved foxes before they were trendy though. I was ALL about The Fantastic Mr Fox, and everyone hated it when it first came out.

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    1. Is that the little flat vs round bottom taco girl?!?! Porque no los dos?? :) I'm ready for elephants to be trendy. To my knowledge that's never happened. And no one EVER gives them to The Will. I know, I look (up to three times) weekly.

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  9. Maybe that's why I stick with the ever timeless 1970s? I wish. That stuff was awesome! In reality, 99 percent of my furniture came from garage sales. The rest of it was scrap wood we found in the barn when we bought this house. Now that'll always be trendy - recycling. Go Green!

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  10. I think bottom line....you have to decorate what you like.... My mom says my house always feels like fall (my favorite time of year) ie. lots of trees, leaves, beiges, browns and yellows. I agree with the statement, my house=my rules. That said, we should also realize that our tastes change, and that's ok, too. As we change and grow, we like different things, sometimes they are 'in' and trendy, sometimes you can't find anywhere that certain, 'thing' that you want. That's the thrill of it. Thanks for having this conversation, I think it's good for people to not just follow like lemmings!!! (a lemming we are NOT!).

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  11. Hey! I'm one of your newest followers! I found you through Interiors by Kenz and I love your blog and especially LOVE this post! I got it in my email and was like, "Yeah!! You go!" I have such a hard time choosing what I want to do in my house as far as color and style that the trends make it even worse (one thing is for sure...Emerald Green is not going to be a "yellow brick cottage" color). I recently just decided to do whatever I want to do. I was never good at following trends, anyway. By the time I was on the bandwagon, they were "so 5 minutes ago!"

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    1. Hi Jen! Thanks for joining us! My life is full of 5 minutes ago so you're preaching to the choir!

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  12. Ever notice exactly how many REAL designers use the 'internet monster in the sky's' decor recommendations? That's right - none. Oh except Hildi. (Anyone know what she's up to now???) :) It does date a room and it's pretty much the defining line between Susy Homemaker and a professional. As soon as something is run of the mill I don't want it. But - now I realize why that humongo owl was the perfect thing on your wall. I don't, however, understand how it was your husband that not only spotted it but scooped it up. As insanely large as that thing is my husband would (choose to) never, ever see it.

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