This January will mark one year since I have been blogging about all my home decor projects. I thought it would be fun, and perhaps helpful to all of you newbies, to take a walk down home-decor-2009-memory-lane. Here is what you needed to do in 2009 to be cool, hip, cretaceous, swish, routh…. Yes, I looked up those last words on Urban Dictionary and might be completely misusing them. I’m just not cool enough to know what words are now cool. Okay, let’s get started.
1. Silhouettes This may have been a 2008 trend, but when I came onto the scene last December/January I saw them on every blog. If you wanted to be hip, you needed to have a shadow of your kiddos on the wall. If you could make your own and cut in some curly fake eyelashes, it really helped your blog appeal, not to mention your silhouette.
2. Apothecary Jars/Cloches We love these things, and I’m not sure we will ever tire of them. Fill them with shells, pasta, nests, acorns, pine cones, baubles, bunnies, birds, or all of the above. Just fill them up and take pictures, plenty of pictures. We love to see objects trapped in glass prisons. Love. it.
3. Birds Birdcages on walls, bird nests adorning everything, bird silhouettes on pillows, bird eggs stuffed here and there, and of course birdies somewhere on your blog header. Yep, in 2009 we loved birds the way we loved butterflies in 1996 and the way we loved dragonflies in 2000. This year was for the birds. Will we still love them 2010? We’ll see.
4. Chalkboard Paint What won’t we paint with chalkboard paint? Walls, furniture, mirrors, plaques, plates, platters, labels, headboards, and small children. Well, maybe not small children, but the rest were fair game this year. We love to write in chalk on everything!
5. Vinyl What we don’t write in chalk…we put in vinyl. I put my first vinyl quote on the wall back in 2001, and nearly ten years later I’m still “putting it in vinyl”. I’m guessing this trend will end very soon, so if you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet you better jump now.
6. Typography Have a large expanse of wall that you are unsure how to decorate? We love numbers, and letters, and words. If you’ve run out of chalkboard paint and are fresh out of vinyl, try throwing a bunch of wooden letters on your wall. The beauty is that they don’t even have to spell anything! Just put a bunch of them up there and watch us go crazy. If you really want to impress us, spell out “laundry” by your laundry room, or better yet spell it out in French. We love French. If you can spell it out in vintage French we will love you all the more.
7. Moss If you’re really struggling with coming up with a blog post, might I recommend covering something in moss? Just grab a household object, some moss, and a glue gun and moss-it-up. In 2009, we loved moss covered balls, rocks, wreaths, cones, bunnies, letters, etc. If you can somehow make those moss covered items into topiaries, then all the better.
8. Twine See number 7 and replace the word “moss” with “twine” and add lampshades, bottles, starfish, Christmas ornaments, and a myriad of other objects to the list. Our 2009 mantra: If you run out of moss, cover it in twine. You can’t lose.
9. Drop cloths and Burlap We are obsessed with cheap, natural looking materials. If you can find creative ways to cover your world in these two fabrics, we will love you. Chairs, pin-boards, tables, sofas, pillows, windows, Christmas trees, and end tables were draped in canvas and burlap in ’09. I even draped myself in the stuff for Halloween. Uh, I don’t recommend doing that.
10. Mercury glass I think we’re in for many more mercury glass posts this year because it’s still very hot and hasn’t run it’s course yet. If you’re just starting out in decorating, I suggest combining some mercury glass candlesticks with some burlap, birds, crowns, (birds wearing crowns are even better), typography, twine, and something from nature like a shell or a pine cone. Perhaps a moss covered shell of a pine cone labeled with a little chalkboard label that says “pine cone”? Ooooo. That is the recipe for success right there :).
11. Spray paint Almost all the world’s problems can be solved with Rustoleum’s spray paint in black or heirloom white. It’s true. If you are feeling blue, grab an ugly piece of furniture from your home and spray paint it black or white. The clouds will part, the sun will shine, and you will be smiling once again. Granted you might just be hallucinating from the spray paint fumes, but either way you are bound to feel better and most importantly your home is bound to look better. 2009 was all about the black and heirloom white paint!
12. Goodwill If you wanted to spread some good will and cheer to your fellow (wo)man this year, you did it by showing off your cheap, thrifty buys. Rubbing in your great finds is accepted, encouraged, and expected across the blogosphere. My goodness we even had weekly parties celebrating our thrifty purchases! This is something I hope will never go out of style, and I am confident we will see more of this in ’10. Transforming ugly into chic isn’t trendy, it’s smart…and I for one love it!
What am I missing? What trends did you enjoy this year? Which ones have you had enough of? What do you think 2010 holds for us? Talk to me ;).