Decorating Wisely: All about Details

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By Glenda Wise


I hope you have enjoyed Grayson’s columns the last few weeks. By the time you are reading this, she will be moved into her dorm at OU. I sure am going to miss that girl.


She has kept us busy getting her from here to there for dance and whatever else she was doing. For the first time in 24 years, I won’t have a child at home that is solely dependent on me. I know I am not the first person to ever go through this and I certainly won’t be the last, but these past few months have been nothing but a major shift in family dynamics. First my mom’s unexpected passing and now Grayson moving to college. I know these things are all part of life’s ups and downs and I have been blessed more than I deserve, but dang they sure are hard to handle at the time.

The past few weeks we have tried to take in as much as we could before the big move. First, we went to the Philbrook Museum in Tulsa to see the Degas exhibit, then Magnolia Market and Table (totally worth the two hour wait) and then last weekend we went to Crystal Bridges to see the Georgia O’Keefe exhibit. One commonality I noticed between all three is that it’s all about the details. The Philbrook provided magnifying glasses to view the details in the Degas exhibit. The work itself was beautiful, but when viewed through a magnifying glass you were able to really see the detail and thought behind the overall piece.


At Magnolia, the detail involved in every square inch of that place was mind blowing. Everything really reflects Chip and Joanna’s personality and you could see that they hand a hand in all of it. Finally, the Georgia O’Keefe exhibit is all about finding the beauty in the simplest of things by focusing on a particular tiny portion of the subject. There was a hands-on area that provided a viewing object with a tiny hole and several different objects. The purpose was to view the object through the tiny hole and focus on all the details in that small area rather than look at the whole object. O’Keefe painted items that she selected and magnified specific details.

We have the ability to focus on details in our homes. Rather than obsessing over the look of the entire room, focus on a small area of the room. Pay attention to the details that are required to make it special. For example, focus on the sofa table in the living room.


Maybe that involves repainting the table all together to make it special, changing hardware, etc. Now focus on the top, what are details important to you and your family? I like to display special family photographs framed in beautiful frames on mine with a few special tattered books, an old copy of a Mark Twain, and then I soften the hard lines with a potted orchid (faux..I should add, but, hey, if you can grow a real one go for it!). At Christmas, I change it to a very special vintage manger set.

Focus on the details, enjoy your life and take time for the flowers like Georgia O’Keefe did.

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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