Decorating Trends & My Opinion


It is what you might call a bitterly cold day. It really seems strange to me that we almost literally went from it being hot to it being cold. And no in between. 


Decorating Trends I'm Reading About...

I've read that in 2017, the color yellow is going to be strong. Well, I'm all for that, though I don't typically put much stock in "trend predictions." 

Because yellow is a happy color. It lightens a room. 

Decorating Trends That Don't Appeal To Me...

I don't think there are any rights or wrongs when it comes to decorating one's home. It's simply a matter of what you like. 

There are some that I don't happen to like. But this is merely a personal opinion.

I won't be showing photos because I don't want to offend anyone.
 
1. Placing curtain rods way above a window

Yes, I know it is supposed to make the room look taller. But to me it doesn't do that. It just makes it stand out on the wall.

2. Birch logs in containers as decor

I know the "woodland" look is quite popular. And no one loves nature more than I do.

But I just don't understand a basket of birch logs, say, on a night stand. It doesn't seem plausible to me. 

 3. Staged shoes in a room

This simply looks too staged to me. You know no woman in her right mind would leave her shoes in the floor when she cleans, for instance. 

Of course, these are often snow shoes, or outdoor shoes. Once again, just doesn't seem realistic to me. 


Addressing A Comment...

A reader mentioned something that happens to be quite true. I write about getting rid of "stuff", yet I still buy "stuff."

Yes, this is a problem. 

I can walk into a store and pass right by clothing as though it isn't there. 

I can walk into a store and pass right by home decor items or furniture that are not on sale and not give it a look.

But put an item on sale and I will stop to peruse it. Perhaps it is the psychology of "getting a good deal." 

If I think I am getting a great deal, I hate to pass it up. 

Instead of buying one wonderful big piece, I am wont to choose a bunch of "littles" because they are so cheap.

And on another note, yes, I do feel that, being considered a "home and garden" blogger, or at least being listed in that genre, that I have to come up with something different to show you. 

You need to fit into some genre to appeal to sponsors that can potentially help you make money. And this is my income. Or most of it. So that is quite important in the big scheme of things.

It's not fun to see the same thing over and over again unless it's photos of the pupsters. And they're so entertaining, it doesn't much matter that they basically look the same in every photo.

Have you ever seen a more earnest look?
So yes, I do feel that, especially living in such a small space, and especially when it's too cold to be gardening, that I need to come up with different or new things to show you.

I will have to work on that. It's on my "to-do" list.

Decorate A Room...

This is another idea I have for the new year. 

If someone wants help in decorating a room, I say they send me a photo. I will put it on this blog. And we will all give our ideas of what we'd do to solve whatever problem is put forth. 

What do you think?

My Decorating Dilemma...

I struggle with my living room window. I tend to keep the blinds closed because the window is just so gosh darn ugly. 

The kind that has the diamond etchings on the glass. 

It always looks dirty no matter how many times it is cleaned. They have the silver aluminum encasing them. They look cheap because they are cheap.

Plus,my window view looks out on ugly bushes, the maintenance man's shed, and a parking lot. Nothing whatsoever in terms of a pretty view. 

Though I very much need the light from that window, I hate to look at the windows. So I tend to cover them.

If anyone has any ideas to remedy this, please tell me in the comments.

Do you have a decorating dilemma you'd like to put forth? 

Oh, and I know I'm not showing many photos of my apartment lately. That's because it's in a state of "in flux." When things are properly in place, I will take photos.


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  1. I typically steer away from 'trends' unless it happens to be something that tugs at my heartstrings. My home is filled with things I love, rather than things that are 'trendy.' As for your front window, perhaps you could use sheers as a backer for your drapes so you can open the blinds, get some light, but not have to look at the ugly window.

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    1. But where do I put yet another rod? I have those bamboo blinds that stick out a ways from the outside of the window. And the rod is up above that.

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    3. you can purchase rods at Walmart just for this purpose. They come in a pack of two rods. One rod is 1" depth for the panels and the other rods is 2" depth for the drapes. A rod bracket comes with the set. You hang the panels on the inside and the drapes on the outside.

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    4. I used just one rod on my living room windows. It has the curtain panels on each end hanging straight down and the sheers in the middle. It looks and works just fine. Let's the light through beautifully and the curtain panels frame the window. I got the idea of doing it this way after seeing photos of cottage style window treatments.

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  2. I am new to your blog, but it struck a chord with me and I signed up to receive it regularly. The only thing I can think of for the living room window is semi-sheer curtains to let the light in but help hide the ugliness you don't like. It would help a little.

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    1. I'm worried about where to put another rod??? And thank you for reading. Welcome!

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  3. Have you seen the static cling 'film' at Home Depot (or one of those stores) that can be cut to fit any window? They have them that look like stained glass, or like clouds/sky, or just a muted view blocking "blur". I am giving you a link to show you what I a talking about- there are tons of patterns out there...probably cheaper than curtains in the long run. Hope the link works. I once used the product on a bathroom window and when we were ready to sell/leave it just lifts right off. https://www.walmart.com/ip/17216167?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=0&adid=22222222227014731938&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=40925680472&wl4=pla-78860333072&wl5=9019126&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=8175035&wl11=online&wl12=17216167&wl13=&veh=sem

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    1. Yeah, checked that out some time ago. Pretty pricy!

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    2. Oh, I see you mean something different than I thought you meant. I thought you meant the clear things that keep out some of the sunlight.

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  4. What about lace panels? They will give you light but maybe break up the view a little bit?

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  5. My bedroom window looks out on a carport. I like the light, so I use sheers on the window. My kitchen window looks out on the entryway to the building, so I use a cafe curtain across the lower half, and a valance on the top so that the light comes in. My living room patio has a partial view of a large pine tree, grass and the street. One side is partially blocked by the end of the next building. But I keep my patio curtains wide open except at night, as I do love the view of the tree and grass. So does my dog Sparky. I think sheers are a great way to get the light and yet block an unsightly view and give some privacy. And to me, a house is not a home unless there are window treatments.

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    1. I'd love cafe curtains. But I don't have wood in the middle, just aluminum, so nowhere to put a rod.

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  6. Here is a third vote for sheers for the living room window, and I will add this, WHITE sheers that can go up higher than the window top and also move the red and white checkered drapes up higher, too. Light will come through if you don't purchase too much width of sheers. And it will look beautiful.

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    1. I really hate to move the red and white drapes up higher because they're way too short to begin with. My rod is literally falling out of the wall because I can't tighten it enough.

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  7. Hi Brenda. I love your idea to have readers send in pictures of their rooms/decorating dilemmas. A fresh set of eyes can be sooo helpful sometimes! I, too, have an ugly window issue. I replaced all the windows in my house a couple of years ago - except for one. It's a big double window, south facing, that I hope to one day replace with french doors to a deck. In the meantime, the big, ugly, always dirty looking window, that lets in LOTS of wonderful light, remains. I am thinking of covering the glass with decorative window film. It's not very expensive, and I'm hoping it will camouflage the "dirty" and "ugly" while letting in the sunshine and light. I've never used window film before, but thought it might be worth a shot!

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  8. What about a sun catcher? Different sizes and styles are available. They attach with a suction cup. I have one that works nicely!

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    1. But this is a big long window. Would it cover?

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    2. Etsy has sun catchers, also glass panels. Many will do custom work. Just a thought...

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  9. I don't come to your site for high style or constant updates...I come for the stories and conversation! I like your cute apartment and your photos, I never find it repetitive. Some blogs I think of like magazines where you go for variety of looks but yours is more like coffee with a friend-chatting, drinking and seeing the day to day. ( I hope this comes across as complimentary as I mean it) I like the idea of the decorate a room! That would be fun! If the sheers are very light weight maybe command hooks would hold a skinny rod? Love those things since they aren't a big commitment! Just add a few across the top of window and use the skinniest rod available...just a thought...

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    1. It came across as complimentary, so thank you! I'll look into the command hooks. I haven't had very good luck with those things that attach to the shower tile for soap.

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    2. I agree with Amy B. I too, come here for your stories, the pupsters, conversations amongst your readers, and photos of your lovely little apartment. No need to constantly change things up. I think of your blog as more of a lifestyle blog. It really resonates with those of us that are living on a tight budget in smaller spaces. Also gardening in a small space, and those adorable pupsters keep me coming back. It is like a chat over coffee with a friend. As a disabled older woman, your blog is a bright spot in my day. Thank you, Brenda!

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  10. Probably expensive, but the blinds that can be lowered so the top is open but bottom is closed might work. You could get a foot in two of light but shut out ugly views and still have some privacy.

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  11. I was going to suggest sheers, as well! Use a bungee cord on your existing curtain rod to hang them. Type in "bungee cord curtain rod" on Pinterest to see pictures. Hope this helps :)

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    1. I've never used a bungee cord for anything. That's a thought!

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  12. I would suggest the same as Donna--that window film that would obscure any view but still allow all the light in. It's easy to apply and not expensive. No rods involved. I like the idea of group input in solving decorating problems in a room. I always enjoy your blog and like Amy B do not find it repetitive. Just keep on doin' what you're doin'.

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    1. I have not checked that out. But now I will!

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  13. I'm assuming that there isn't enough of a space for one of those spring rods that just fit on the inside of the window. I'm sure you thought of that. Do you have Discount Blinds in your area. Maybe they could give you ideas that we haven't thought of. Those wooden shutters would be great but I doubt management you permit.
    Okay this is way out there..........is there a water base paint that you could use to make the window look like those stick on things but that will still let light in.
    Hugs

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    1. I could probably fit an extension rod inside, but wouldn't it sag since there isn't anything to hold it in the middle?

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  14. Brenda, they make tension rods that you might be able to use for cafe curtains. If I were in your shoes, I would have to have the light. In our rent house right now the big kitchen windows look out at the next door neighbor's boat. I don't care...must have sunshine.

    You are so good at solving decorating issues. I hope someone sends in requests to you. Fabulous idea. I've been in a total blogging funk and hope to feel renewed after Christmas.

    I laughed about the staged shoes. That's bazaar to me too. You and I might be the only ones not doing it. I did recently buy some cute rain boots though..I might post them. :)

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    1. I'd have to find a rod that wouldn't need any holding in the middle to prevent it sagging, since there is nothing there to hold it.

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  15. What about using a tension rod with sheers. You can buy long ones from Walmart which will hold the weight of sheers easily. I have used the wide tension rods in my kitchen for years.

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    1. I will sure be checking into that! Don't know why it didn't occur to me. I'm so thankful for you guys!

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  16. I've seen double rods that you can hang two sets of curtains on. You could hang sheers on the inner rod, and the red check on the other. They may be a tad pricey though. Another thought would be hanging lightweight sheers or lace panels on heavy fishing line tied to eye screws or cup hooks.
    I have light filtering roller blinds in my kitchen windows. They do a great job of filtering out the bright sun but do obscure the view. They feel like a fabric but are not. I bought them at Sears.

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    1. I didn't know about those. But I will be looking into it now. Thanks!

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  17. I've had the same white tab-top sheers, no curtains, in my living room for over 12 years. I tried changing them once, hated it, and put them right back up. I have creamy yellow walls and black curtain rods. We have blinds, but I rarely use them as we have no close neighbors.

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    1. I have people walking in front, so I need the privacy. But I think sheers would be great if I can figure out how to do it.

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  18. Brenda, what about faux wooden blinds or plain mini blinds? You can open them enough to get light and close them at night.

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    1. I do have mini blinds, but it's the actual ugly windows you see during the day that I'm trying to hide, the diamond etching on the window.

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  19. Brenda, I hung a cheap rod from Walmart and placed the brackets just inside my curtain rod. If you get one that does not stick out very far, it will fit just fine under your already hung curtain rod. Or, I have actually used one of those tension rods and it actually barely fit in FRONT of my miniblinds. I never open the sheers, so they just hang there all the time. And another thing I have done is I hung the sheers on the same rod and my curtains, and it also looked just fine. I just close the mini blinds at night for privacy. If you don't have mini blinds on that window, I use a bag clip to pull the heavier curtains over the top of the sheers and clip them closed at night for privacy. It may not look so great, but no one is here but me, so I don't care. Necessity is the basis of invention LOL!

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    1. My problem is that the window is wide, and there is nothing in the center to hold up a rod.

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  20. In my previous home, I used "wavy glass" film from Lowe's. It was very cheap and was applied like contact paper. I cut and applied it and then replaced the mullions. Everyone is fooled by it thinking that I do have genuine wavy glass. For folks who don't like the vintage look this of course would not work.

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    1. I actually did check into some film at Lowes, but it was the kind that keeps the sun glare out. I didn't realize there were other kinds there.

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  21. Where to put a rod to add sheer or lacy style curtains? A friend used a bungee cord - put the curtains on the cord then attached the hooks to each end of the rod. Worked for her but I personally have not tried it. :-)

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    1. I had never thought of that until it was mentioned here, but I'll be checking that idea out!

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  22. I totally agree with Amy B above. Enjoy your site especially for pictures and conversation.

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    1. I have the conversation, just don't always have pretty pictures at hand in the wintertime!

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  23. Oh! Ignore the comment of this is a test. I have had trouble leaving comments on your blog lately. It would ask for a URL. Now, I see it works! Yay! I have to agree with you about the logs on a table and the staged shoes in a picture. In fact, if the picture looks too staged (like a book open with glasses on it etc) I turn away. I want to see what it looks like when you're having company. I want to see a clean well decorated room, but not staged just for the photo. Usually, that means too much stuff in the picture anyway. I do like the curtain rods hung higher though.

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    1. Hm, well I don't know what was going on. I deleted your test comment. I know there are staged photos in magazines on pretty much every page. Somehow I just don't like them though. I just want to see it as it usually is. More realistic. I hate to see bloggers go the way of magazines. I consider it a different-type platform and expect it to be more real. Just my opinion though! Many would disagree!

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  24. There are a few trends I like and others I don't, but I don't have the time or money to switch everything out because it's not "in" at the moment. As far as color goes, I need it in my life. I live with gray skies for much of the winter, so to come home to a bland white home (I love it in other's homes!) would just not work for me. The color of the year is industry's way to get you to buy more, in my humble opinion. I love the idea of asking readers to give decorating advice to those with questions! As for your view, I put spring tension rods at the midway point of the window and at the bottom and gather sheer fabric between to soften the view outside and for privacy inside.

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    1. Of course you know I agree about color! I don't follow trends. Just find them interesting to read about. We'll try the decorating questions and see how it works out. As for the window, I don't have a midway point. It's just one long space. If there was a midway point, I could put cafe curtains.

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  25. I have used sash wire to hang light weight sheers where a rod would not fit. It is wire covered in white vinyl with little round eyes on the ends that I attached to cup hooks that I screwed into the window sashing, with the sheers strung on. I have done this both inside the house and also used it to hang sheers on our deck patio for privacy screens. Walmart carries it for about $7.00 (or less in the US) and as well you can buy sheers there, two panels per package, for less than 9.00 US (I paid $9.95 Canadian). The sheers were great.



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    1. I have seen that done outside on Pinterest. Guess I just didn't think of it for inside.

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  26. I wonder if you could use clear Contact paper as privacy film on your window? It would let in the light but block the unsightly view. We are going to try this on our daughter's etched glass front entry door window inserts.

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  28. Oklahoma seems to have the strangest weather. We've had a pretty normal progression of seasons here in KY. The photo of the bouquet of fresh flowers is so refreshing! Thanks for sharing it. Thanks for the explanation about doing posts that will appeal to sponsors. Since I don't have a blog, I'm not aware of those behind-the-scenes issues. Makes sense. On the topic of things you don't like much, such as curtain rods placed up high -- the previous owners of this house had the curtain rods hung at the point where the wall meets the ceiling (walls are eight feet high). And the rods went way past the sides of the windows, another trick to try to make the windows look bigger. But the thing is, if you saw the outside of this tiny house, and then walked in, you would know that the windows aren't as big as the curtain technique was trying to portray. If anything, it just made the windows and treatments seem too big for the rooms. I was really glad they took the curtains and rods with them when they moved out. I don't even have any curtains up, just blinds. Then I sit rows of the old Cats Meow wooden houses on the tops of the window frames. Talk about being way behind on the trends. They are from the '90s. Oh well! I like them. That's what matters.

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  29. Brenda, I agree with you re: "trends". I always enjoy seeing what's new, however, I stay with the things/colors that I love. I'm with you on the staged shoes & boots! There's usually a disco ball in the photos too. I've never understood how that connects with the subject matter. I haven't been around as often as I'd like...lots going on...but hope to be able to do better in the new year!

    Enjoy your weekend ~
    xo
    Pat

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  30. I keep a file on my computer of my rooms and how I have decorated them over the years. I was visiting them the other day, and had to laugh when I realized I have pretty much come full circle over the past 5 years. I have tried a lot of different looks, even did the white look for a while, and now I am back to neutrals in autumn colors, and I finally am back to that comfortable cozy look that says "home" to me. So much for decorating trends LOL!

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  31. You know how I feel about decorating trends, too. I did a post on it not too long ago. I like the idea of you posting decorating dilemmas. And looks like you got a lot of great ideas about your window already!

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  32. Your are right about doggie photos. You could post the same photo of your doggies every day and I'd still love it!

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  33. I don't like decorating "trends" either. I stopped shopping when I went from store to store only to find the same stuff in every store, then I lost my mojo because I hated the new trends. I also dislike all white I see everywhere (like anyone can keep all that clean!). I am glad brown is out. LOL. I also like a kitcheny kitchen! Not a living room kitchen! Anyway, you need Israel to come back and install the double rod where it will not come out of the wall any longer and make it rather permanent. Then you can choose to use the inner or outer rod, based on what you want to do with the windows. Your wall just needs a good repair and a heavy duty anchor.

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I always enjoy reading your comments and having you join the conversation here at Cozy Little House. It is like having a gathering of friends sitting in my cozy apartment. Enjoying coffee and dessert, chatting and having a good time. I appreciate each and every one of you!

Author Bio

Brenda has been writing since grade school. She majored in professional writing/journalism in college, where she won awards for her feature writing. She loves to decorate, garden, enjoy nature, read and spend time with her Yorkies.
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