a wrong turn…

somewhere along the road to setting-up-home-ville i seem to have taken a wrong turn & ended up on the corner of granny decor drive…

have you ever done that? gotten so lost in the process of acquiring individual pieces for the home that you’ve actually lost sight of the bigger picture entirely?

maybe you’ve inadvertently overdosed on leopard print to the point that it now feels like you’re living in a safari park? or stockpiled so much mid-century modern that your house has taken on the appearance of a danish furnishings warehouse?

don’t get me wrong… individually i love all of my pieces… of course i do, otherwise i wouldn’t have acquired them…

but all of my pieces combined? that’s another story completely: en masse my prized possessions are starting to steer my home firmly in the direction of pensioner parade & i fear i am but a framed doily away from retirement villa chic…

so not the look i was going for!

at first i wondered how it had happened… how was it that with all of my training & a hitherto discerning eye, i’d somehow ended up surrounded by an abundance of frills & flounce, florals & lace &, errrrm, old tat?

after much careful consideration i think i’ve determined the error of my ways: you see, i have always loved a mix of old & new in my home {not for me the “i bought my entire home contents from the same shop on the same day” method of decorating}… & indeed, get the balance right & the blend can, in actuality, prove timeless!

to this end, i’ve become a bit of a dab hand at pulling the trigger when it comes to purchasing vintage finds… having missed out on too many one-off items due to indecisiveness or inaction, i’ve come to appreciate the need to commit, & quickly, to snapping them up lest someone else does!

but what i have evidently not been so great at is picking up the modern pieces necessary to offset the older ones: somewhat understandably, i guess, i’ve tended to hang fire on those purchases because they’re usually a little more expensive & a lot more readily available… fact is, these items almost invariably get placed in the “one day” box, but somehow never actually get acquired!

& therein lies the issue: mixing old & new pieces in the home is a fine balance… too much modernity & the antiques can look distinctly old hat… too many aged pieces, however, & the whole house can start to look like granny’s knicker drawer!

combine this with a penchant for pretty pieces & the issue is compounded tenfold!

great if you’re granny… not so great if you’ve got a few years ahead of you before retirement age &, as i hope i fall into the latter category, i suspect i have a bit of a rebalancing act ahead of me…

stay tuned!

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6 thoughts on “a wrong turn…

  1. You always crack me up!! You’ve got a wicked sense of humour.
    I’m liking what I see (I’m assuming this is your new home). It does not look like granny-ville but you’re probably the best judge.

    When I did my pad up it took me ages to find everything. I believe in not searching but stumbling cross it.

    Hope you’ve settled in well:)

  2. hello my fellow night owl! yes this is our pad… i’m with you in that i generally pick up pieces along the way as & when i fall in love with them… i think my issue is that our current flat is a bit old fashioned & it’s making all of my things look dated along with it! maybe i just need to get out more instead of staring at the same four walls! haha

  3. I love your home! I don’t get granny-chic at all really, except maybe (maybe!) with that lace coverlet on the bed. Otherwise I think there is a really wonderful mix masculine and feminine. especially with that to-die-for leather chair and those wood side tables by the bed. If you swapped out the lace blanket for something with a bright pop of color (maybe an orange wool throw?) and got rid of some of the flowers in exchange for some dried branches or something I think you wouldn’t feel so “granny’s knicker drawer” about it. Haha, that’s seriously the funniest assessment of a space I’ve ever heard. I love it all though, and I’d move right in. That bus scroll on the wall is killer!

    • haha… thank you erin… agreed… i think the faux flowers in this house make me think of arsenic & lace {i think that was a movie with an old woman in it!}… bahahaha… they’re definitely going to be minimised if not eradicated for the duration of our stay here… just yesterday i bought a lovely arrangement of foliage with a white rose & a white amaryllis… things already look better! also agreed with the lace panel… i love it & i’ve tried it as a tablecloth, curtain {which it is} and now a coverlet… again, too granny for this house! going to have to tone things down in this flat… funny how the surroundings can so wildly dictate the decor!

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