An allegory comprised of several conversations and occasions…
I’m prepping dinner the other day and Jean has the day off, so is home. “This place is such a wreck,” she says. My head comes up from what I’m doing, attention grabbed. “It’s not your fault, the Didi can’t see dirt,” she continues. “But we need to make it our own, need to decorate.” I look around, see our framed art on the walls and think, “By jove, if this isn’t decorating, what is?” I nod enthusiastically, knowing she wants me to say something, to do something. I add “Mmmm” for emphasis, to let her know I’m listening.
“Maybe we can get some curtains, like the neighbors?” The neighbors’ decorators literally are IKEA, and besides we already have curtains, albeit drab, lame pattern ones. “Or maybe we could paint?” I’m not so excited to paint, putting down drop cloths and such, for a place in which we’re to spend only the next 15 months. I’m a bit befuddled overall, and we shift topics.
Later, I’m at one of the other neighbors’ houses, literally a cookie-cutter of our own, and once inside, I am stunned to find it different. No exciting paint jobs, but there is…stuff. Decoraty-type stuff. Wall sconces, area rugs, plants (!). My small brain begins to reel at the possibilities. If they have plants, WE could have plants! Clearly, I have entered a new realm of enlightenment.
Now I’m on a mission. Before the summer is out, I need to make our house a “home.” I need to do it in such a way that we do not accumulate too much knick-knacky type stuff that will find it’s way to storage or the waste bin once at next post or at Hearthwood, but also fill out at least the first floor, walls, party area, and perhaps some of the outdoors so that our house is suitably grown-up enough to entertain. I also need to make these things permanent-looking enough that the Didi does not try to “put them away” (like the decorative blank books I had on the side table that one time that went mysteriously missing until I found them in the bookcase). Lastly, this stuff can not significantly contribute to our Household Effects (HHE) weight, at whose weight limit we had already met when coming here.
Obvious winners are:
– large copper pots (who doesn’t love those?)
– fashionable area rugs
– wall-mounted things
– decorative, yet functional furniture
Has anyone else had luck or ideas in decorating a temporary living space?
UPDATE: Read on to see what I did