This Old House

27 Apr

I read an article a day or so back, listing things that made a house seem dated. Paneling, wallpaper, brass chandeliers, pull shades, and drapes with tie backs.

Well, there you go, folks.  When we moved in, every single room on the ground floor was paneled. I felt as if I was living in a coffin! Not only that, but the paneling in the bathroom splintered when it got wet! Who thought that was a good idea? We did get that covered over – with wallpaper – about ten years after we moved in, but it took me for-bloody-ever to convince The Squire we needed to Do Something with the living room. Even at that, I had to agree to leave the fireplace wall uncovered, although the dear man did finally admit we should have done it years ago.  The chandeliers in the dining room are brass, and it is both wainscoted and papered. We have pull shades in the bedrooms; light and airy doesn’t cut it if you want to sleep past 4 AM around here.  As a matter of fact, we also have pull shades in the living room, but they are all the way up out of sight. We only use them when we have company spend the night.

The problem is that my taste in decorating pretty much begins and ends with Federal style furniture. Williamsburg is my ideal. The guest room, which we redid in the spring of 2016, is more-or-less “country” style but other than the kitchen, that’s the most modern room in the house. I do draw the line at cooking with a wood stove.

So – it’s dated.  Nothing in the house is orange or avocado, we don’t have any shag rugs, and I don’t have a slew of magnets on the fridge.

Deal with it.


7 Responses to “This Old House”

  1. Luanne April 27, 2018 at 12:17 am #

    You almost never see a style like that out here in the southwest. My first style was an elegant version of early American/Chippendale, but out here it is so different. When I watch HGTV and see houses back east it is always surprising. It’s a classic look, but not here.

    • thisendoftheswamp April 27, 2018 at 4:15 pm #

      I never thought of that, simply because I’ve never lived anyplace else. It might be because the east coast is so much “older” than the mid-west. A house from the 1700s is not uncommon (not exactly thick on the ground, but not unknown). We’re very much aware of our history, and tend to pull ideas from it. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

      • Luanne April 27, 2018 at 8:10 pm #

        It’s a good story!

  2. tiggerlyss April 27, 2018 at 11:24 am #

    Your decorating style is not dated it is cluttered historical. It is a step or two above your mom’s decorating style of modern archaeological clutter. At least you can’t go through stacks like you are going back through modern magazine history.

    • thisendoftheswamp April 27, 2018 at 4:10 pm #

      Ah, yes. Archeological clutter. That is an excellent description of my mum’s style. Hey! Do you know anybody who might want some newspapers and magazines about the Abdication Crisis?

  3. AJ April 27, 2018 at 10:32 pm #

    As long as you’re happy!! I miss my pull shades!!

  4. Shay Simmons April 28, 2018 at 11:23 pm #

    When we moved into our 1917 bungalow the first project was ripping up the avocado green and harvest gold indoor/outdoor carpeting that was in the kitchen.

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