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Decorating Wisely: “Home Décor Mistakes Everyone Over 45 Should Avoid” Featured

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Written by  Saturday, 19 August 2017 18:13
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The other day I happened upon an article on Facebook that was titled, “20 Home Décor Mistakes Everyone Over 45 Should Avoid” by Maureen Wiley. I don’t usually bother to read a lot of this stuff, because let’s face it everybody is an expert anymore and everybody has an opinion on what we should and shouldn’t be doing. For some reason this one piqued my interest, maybe it’s because I’m over 45, maybe I had a weak moment, maybe a little of both, regardless I read it to see what this “expert” had to say. Here are her “tips” she basically demanded:


1. Decorate with fake plants. She says and I quote verbatim, “It’s obvious to all of your guests if your plants are fake. It will also make your house look like it is a portal to the 90s.” I have to disagree with her because there are some beautiful silks available on the market these days that look so real you can’t tell them apart. For example, I love orchids, but growing them, I’m just not so good at. I have several faux orchids. The key is to buy quality silks that will stand the test of time.


2. Floral furniture. She says, “Florals are currently big in the fashion world, but not so much in the home decor world. No matter how long you’ve had that floral sofa, you need to get rid of it! Floral furniture is a dead giveaway that your house is an ‘old lady house.’” First of all, home décor typically mirrors current fashion trends. Maybe she is referring to the kind of floral couch that I grew up with...you know, it’s various shades of brown with some kind of windmill or something on it. Anyway, I think an accent or two of a floral print brings a little softness to a room.


3. Covering all surfaces in framed photos: Her thought-process is that if you display more than a couple of framed photos in a room it immediately screams “grandma’s house.” Personally, I like going to people’s homes and seeing pictures of their families. I love seeing random photos of things like vacations, celebrations, etc. I think not having enough family photos in your home, makes it look a little cold and uninviting.


Here’s my thing with this kind of article and title, why does Maureen really care what is in my home just because I’m over 45? I agree that my 23-year-old daughter’s home décor is different from mine; it doesn’t make either right or wrong. Her home offers a more simplified style with greys and whites and cleaner lines. My home has more of a beige neutral pallet with less clean lines. I mean after all, I’ve raised a family; we’ve lived in our home for a lot of years the lines aren’t going to be perfect anymore. Are there things we can all do to keep our homes updated? Yes, of course, but your home should make you happy and be a reflection of you and not a reflection of some random blogger. You do you! Oh, by the way, this is all in my very unexpert opinion!

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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