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The Living Without Series

This is a series of posts that I wrote back in 2006 on living with less stuff. Check them out: liv011Living #2liv031liv04

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Does this wreath make my butt look big?

I’m trying to decorate my house for the fall. I thought I had tons and tons of fall decorations. But, I don’t. For some reason having painted our previous house in fall colors (reds, golds, pumpkin) it always looked great in the fall, then spring would come and I’d be saying, “Who picked these colors? For crying out loud where are the pastels?!” Well, now we have the pastels and I’m thinking, “Didn’t my house used to look great in the fall with all those decorations I had? Where are the decorations?”

Okay, this is where I need your help. Since we are still all Dave Ramsey intense and not spending money on anything we don’t NEED or WANT, I can’t justify running out and buying cute little autumn plates to put in this plate rack, even though that is a HUGE temptation. I took down the white plates I had up and was desperately looking for something and this is what I came up with.

A fake wreath with fake berries. I know, the whole fake thing, but honestly I’m always drawn to this stuff. It’s an addiction, I need treatment.
Look, another fake wreath on the door. Is this too many fake floral wreath things in one space? Do these wreaths make my butt look fat? What do you think?
How about a couple photos in there? I have an awesome friend coming to my house next weekend to take photos of our family and I will buy new frames to put some of them in, so maybe a few different sized photo frames in fall colors???? Lose the wreath? No photos? Beg Mom to buy me cute plates? Let’s move on to the opposite wall.
Here’s my hutch, or at least the bottom half of it. We had to store the top piece in our basement because we don’t have a wall large enough without an opening to have the entire hutch upstairs. But, I don’t miss it because it’s nice to use as a buffet or a gigantic retrospective in fake stuff extraordinaire. Actually, the big pumpkins are the real deal, my compost pile produced them this year. After I was done bedecking the hutch I stood back and wondered what other crap could I pile on there?
Here’s some ribbon. PILE IT ON APRIL! Let’s get GAUDY!! Where’s the GLITTER?!!
Okay, I couldn’t take it all. I simplified a bit. How’s this? Which do you like better? The full glitz or the tame yet fake fruit display or for heaven’s sake just leave it alone!
A small note about the candle sticks. These were my mother-in-laws which were her mother’s which were her aunts. So, restating these were Clay’s mother’s mother’s aunt’s candlesticks. I think they are some sort of sought after glass collector’s thing. I love them and try to use them all the time.
Well, what do you think? Keep it? Try something else? Don’t go into the decorating business? Stay away from Hobby Lobby? Do you care?

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