Yesterday, a post on Apartment Therapy caught eye. It was called Been There, Done That: Designers Weigh In On “Worst Trends”. (It was a recap of an article originally from Elle Decor called Cleaning House: Five Tastemakers On Decorating Trends That Have Outstayed Their Welcome.)
I have to admit, I abhor these types of articles in the first place. Other designers telling me what I should be tired of, and what trend I should be embracing next really irritates me. You don’t like ornate garage sale mirrors painted in high gloss colors, Mary McDonald? Fine. Don’t buy them. Leave them for me, because I happen to love them and I want one for my office. I happen to think a high-gloss, ornate mirror in a bright color would look fabulous against my black walls.
I usually just shrug these things off, and move on, not giving a second thought to what some designer in New York City thinks about the things I use to decorate my home in Waco, Texas. But this comment really, REALLY rubbed me the wrong way…
The DIY craze has run its course, says decorator Sheila Bridges, who has seen her share of “earthy, handmade concoctions. Just because it can be reclaimed doesn’t mean it should be.”
Seriously? The DIY craze has “run its course”? I hardly think so! I want to think that maybe I’m reading her quote wrong. Perhaps she said much more, and Elle Decor took her lengthy comment and shortened it to this poorly edited quote that somehow changed the original meaning.
I would be able to shrug this off except for the fact that Sheila Bridges IS a very well-known designer, and people respect her opinion. I can just see cash-strapped people all over America (who, for some reason, actually care what these people have to say) reading that comment, and then feeling inferior because they can’t afford high-end items for their home, and have to rely on second hand furnishings and good, old-fashioned ingenuity and hard work to make their home beautiful. And you know what? They shouldn’t be made to feel bad about it because of some well-known, high-end interior designer with a well-padded bank account, who deals with the type of clientele who probably never even realized that there was a recession in this country.
I’m taking a firm stand against these ridiculous “what trends are in, and what trends are out” articles. And Sheila Bridges, if you happen to stumble across my little blog and read this, I certainly hope you’ll clarify your meaning. Because right now, all I can think is that you’re irritated that homeowners have realized that with a little money a bit of hard work, they can stencil their walls with gorgeous results instead of buying your $150/roll wallpaper.
P.S.–In now way do I mean to insinuate that the only people who DIY are cash strapped. I personally DIY because it’s what I can afford, but I also absolutely LOVE the satisfaction I get from completing a project and knowing that I created it with my own two hands. If I had a bank account filled with loads of disposable income, in all honesty, I probably would purchase a high-end item here and there, but I would never, EVER give up my DIY projects.