Back in the early days of our marriage, as we rented an apartment and dreamed of owning a house, I used to buy copies of magazines like Better Homes and Gardens and cut out ideas of things I thought would fit in my “dream home.”
Ironically, none of those ideas did work in our dream home. I suppose it is because I never expected to live in a 1940s early rancher. My original dream home was something along the lines of a sprawling Victorian. I also think that the evolution of our decor has a lot — almost everything — to do with the fact that we have small children involved.
For example, this passage from a recent Better Homes article that landed in my inbox today:
Accessorizing with book stacks on a coffee table and a tray of river rocks or seashells “makes a house feel real,” says designer and Better Homes and Gardens contributorStephen Saint-Onge.
Upon reading this, 2003 Haus Frau would have brought out the basket of seashells gathered on her honeymoon.
Instead, 2009 Haus Frau shudders at the thought of a tray of rocks placed anywhere near the coffee table. The shells, by the way, are in the attic except for a few favorites that are well out of reach.