I Tried...I Really Tried

When was it I was telling you about my quest to embrace empty walls? Was it yesterday? Surely it was longer than that...

I failed. I couldn't do it. Every time I walked down the hall toward the living room, I though: Bleh! Plain! Boring!

So I started doing a little rearranging here, and altering a little dab there.

And it hit me. The lamps. The lamps were the problem. But what to do???


I need to work on that shelf. But I am way past lunch, and so I'll do it later. A work in progress, heh?



I got out some red lace and tied it around the lampshade. And then I thought: It still needs something. 

Well, my old peeling window that had all the images of vintage children in the panes fell and broke months ago. 

I missed my photos of vintage children.

Yes, I know it's a bit unorthodox...



Some of you asked for a photo of the whole wall, but folks, this is as far as I can back up.



As soon as I tucked the little photos inside the lace, I realized: This is me. 

This is totally and completely me. 

Why fight it?



And Charlie Ross snoozed all through the hammering and dropping things and all that.



I look at my post without all the stuff I added today, and I just shudder. 

It was SO not me!


84 comments

  1. Dang it girl, you are so freakin' creative!

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    1. Well, at least I'm out of my boho decor phase...

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    1. I can't imagine anyone else doing that to a lampshade. But it just screams "me!"

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  3. So happy you're back to being "YOU". Love your walls, lamp shades, love everything you do, and love to hear those nails being pounded into the walls. Go Brenda, Go......

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  4. Brenda, your blog is so much fun....because it is like visiting an old fashioned department store to see what the window dresser has done THIS week!!! I never get tired of your staging! One teenie, tiny, itsy, bitsy thing: I soooo miss your old blog header. You were probably bored with it, but I smiled every time I clicked on it, to see your delightful apartment pix. I know, I know....old stuck in the mud me...I do like the new pix that come up AFTER the first 'scene' of your blog....just me, I guess....

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    1. My apartment pics are in the header now. Things change rapidly around here!

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    1. Marty, I read your posts. And it's evident that you are a very elegant and gracious lady. I won't ever be that, and it's not me anyway. So I guess I'll just wear the shoe that fits.

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  6. I agree with you that plain white walls are so boring. Much like a sterile room. I like color and collections much better. If it is our home and we spend much of our time there, we may as well make it cozy to suit ourselves.

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    1. Any plain walls to me are boring. Hate to say that. Paint can be beautiful. But by itself, just seems lacking.

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  7. Be true to yourself, Brenda!! You have such amazing talent!

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    1. I don't know if you could call what I do talent. It's such a smorgasbord of things gathered together that I don't know what you'd call it!

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  8. You have sooo many pretty, colorful items to decorate with......why not use them. You know plain "Jane" is not you !
    I imagine that Charlie is used to all of the hammering and things being moved. He'd rather sleep that be involved in the changes......I guess. After all, he has no say in the matter.
    This time of the year color is needed to help beat the doldrums of winter. I love all of your quilts on display. They make for a "cozy little house".
    Charlotte

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  9. You gotta be yourself! If it makes you happy, do it! :)

    Did you make that gorgeous quilt? It is stunning!

    xo
    Pat

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    1. No, I didn't make the one on the back of the couch. Got it at Penneys years ago.

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  10. Brenda, I like the whole wall. Your Charlie must be tired too. Bless you,xoxo,S

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    1. I think they get tired of just watching me move!

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  11. I've rarely met a blank space I haven't tried to fill.

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  12. I love it! Red is my favorite color and you did an amazing job! In my little Me/Needlepoint room I hang vintage horse ribbons on my lampshade.....all red, of course! Love your Blog, Brenda!!

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    1. Well, thank you for the wonderful compliment!

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    1. I knew you would. When I try another look, like in my "boho" phase, it just doesn't fit.

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  14. I understand perfectly. I have nary a blank wall in my house and every so often I think I should take some things down for a cleaner look. But I love everything I have, so it stays.

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    1. And I took it down and missed it and put it back up!

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  15. Hi Brenda,
    You are a delight! I so enjoy the way you write and express yourself. Your sense of humor and the way you share is refreshing.

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  16. Know thyself. And I think you do.

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    1. I do. Don't know w-w-w-what I was thinkin'.

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  17. We have to be who we are. One of my homes is a gorgeous seaside condo. All my fellow condo dwellers have White, marble, glass, modern homes. Mine has color and tradition and stuff. I go to see them, I think I am simple, unsophisticated, ordinary but I can't be that person who lives stark. I am accepting this ....

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    1. I could not live with modern and white and stark.

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  18. Brenda, now you really found yourself and have embraced it! It's YOUR house and you need to decorate for YOU. Forget trends and what others do and like because everyone has their own style. BTW, it looks lovely.

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  19. Well, I was going to cut back on the things on the walls after our painters, so I get it....but goess what, that didn't last long either....
    I did cut back on "things" and deleted some...but bare is boring.
    Love your touches of red...it works in your home! Sometimes, we just need to do what feels better.
    Nancy
    wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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    1. Bare is boring. I just can't live within a home that is boring. Or lacking in color.

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  20. I'm so happy that you're following your heart! You are doing what you should be doing. I am always in awe of how beautifully and artfully you can fill a blank space. Wish I had that gift...

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  21. I agree with Gayle -- do what feels right for you! Your living room is fresh, crisp, and happily still so cozy. I would love a word for what we do: moving things, standing back, arranging, etc. Is there one? I know when I am in that 'state', I am happy and creative. I am looking at my greige walls I painted only months ago, and am already re-evaluating. oh oh

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    1. I never quite understood the word "greige." Is it beige and gray? Sounds like the color of thunder clouds to me.

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    2. "Greige" was a color invented by the paint industry to excite customers to buy paint and it worked! Yes, it is a combination of beige and gray, and I fell for it. It is a good neutral, but the jury is still out for me -- I painted our entire house this color when we moved in last year. :/

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    3. "Greige" was a color invented by the paint industry to excite customers to buy paint and it worked! Yes, it is a combination of beige and gray, and I fell for it. It is a good neutral, but the jury is still out for me -- I painted our entire house this color when we moved in last year. :/

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  22. Hi Brenda... I think I hear Frank Sinatra belting out a chorus of "I gotta be me"... you have to be yourself and I love all your decorating twists and tweaks. While everyone else is touting the joys of clean and simple, I'm reveling in my stuff... I love my stuff... it makes me happy... and I think your stuff makes you happy too! take care!

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    1. I'm trying to be clean and simple. With a caveat. Decorative simple!

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  23. Hi Brenda!I'm so glad you caved in, this is you! I love how you set up little vignettes and the accessories you added to your lamp shade! Love it! Let you creative juices flow.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. Thanks Shelia, I hope you're doing much better. I know some will look at the lampshades and cringe. But I like it.

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    1. Did you notice I took your advice and added books under the lamps for height?

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  25. I love it! Sometimes you just can't fight your inner you...so enjoy it!

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    1. A little on the odd side. But who cares? I'm a bit odd anyway.

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  27. Your home is your haven. Love the pupster on the couch:)
    Kathleen in Az

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    1. If there is a warm blankie or quilt on a horizontal surface, there will be a pupster on it.

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  28. I'm so happy you changed your mind.I love all your colors quilts apt adventures. Yeah for you. Your decor is right up my alley.(Chicago expression)

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    1. I'm not in Chicago, but I use that phrase a lot. Never been there. Doubt I ever will. I hear it's a wonderful place to visit. I'm glad I changed my mind too.

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  30. To thy own self be true.

    I couldn't help but notice Lisa's book. I just finished Come Home the other day. I had never heard if her up until a co u please of weeks ago and now here she is on your table.

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  31. I LOVE IT!!!! I need to tell you something. You and I have a lot of the same things, the cow picture, etc. Well,I had two of those little lamps like you have, from Target. They bothered me, too. Too plain and too modern. I gave mine to my daughter, but you totally fixed them. If I had tied lace and added photos, I would have loved them! Live and learn!

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    1. I was regretting buying them. But they were the cheapest set there. They don't normally sell in sets at Target. I thought of spray painting them (and I can't say I never will do that), but this is a good start. Maybe she'll give them back to you? I continually live and learn! It's a permanent condition!

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  32. I so love your style. Amazing what red lace and pictures can do! I would have never thought to do that, but then again, that is why I come here to visit you; so that I can see what new creation your imagination has sown!

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    1. There are bloggers that can take odd pieces of tools and junk or whatever and make something wonderful out of them. And I think: I would NEVER think to do that. I guess we have our own little niche of creativity. Can't have everything!

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  33. Love it! I have tried and failed to leave blank walls as well. I'm glad you changed your mind!

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    1. Yes, I should have learned from the Boho phase I went through that I should just stay true to myself, weird as it might be!

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  34. You have the best ideas. I love your place (and the doggies:).
    You have a real talent and loads of imagination.
    Thank you for sharing with us.
    Take care,
    Monica

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    1. I don't know about talent, but I have oodles of imagination!

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    1. And I wondered if anyone was taking bets on how long I'd last!

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    2. I think many of us didn't think you would last long! :)

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  36. Brenda, You won't be happy until that lamp is red. Actually, neither will I.

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    1. I know. I keep eyeing the red spray paint. But I'm trying to hold off for a bit in case I manage to make a mess of things.

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  37. It looks great Brenda! I didn't think you'd be able to convince yourself that blank walls were the way to go, lol! I love the lace and pictures on the lampshade, what a great idea!

    Tania

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    1. Blank walls just seem to be holding out invisible hands pleading with someone to make them pretty.

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  38. It's hard, very hard! After we freshly painted the walls I just wanted to enjoy the fresh and clean look. Well, that lasted less than 24 hours LOL. I love the lampshade. It's the little things that make the statement. Great idea Brenda.

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    1. Thanks! I stuck those old photos in there on a whim, stood back and thought: Have you lost your mind? Well, I just missed my vintage children and they needed to come back into my life.

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  39. What a cool idea! I love your photo lampshade!

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    1. I guess they shall be known as "the red lace photo lampshades." Unless someone sees them, they will not be able to comprehend such a thing!

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  41. Brenda, we are a lot a like in the fact we need things on the walls or in my case on the shelves to make me happy. Boring spaces aren't for me! I'm adding more tot he walls now also. Be brave like Brenda I tell myself. It's just a few holes if you don't like it!!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  42. Brenda, so glad you found the old Brenda. Blank walls did not fit you any better than Boho. However, I agree with Barbara L. I enjoy seeing your ever changing apartment and admire all the scenes.

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  43. What a fantastic idea.. The red lace and photos are just perfect!!!!!!!!!!! Love all the quilts you have.. Red is my favorite color.. I could just look at your house for hours..Smile.. Enjoy your stuff.

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