Story Weekend: Home Decor just read in a home decor magazine that after years of popularity, the satin nickel finish on home hardware is giving way to brass. Hooray! I don’t have to replace all my brass doorknobs and fireplace surround after all! John was right that if we just waited long enough, it would come back in style. (But I still have my doubts…).

What’s your home decor story? If you’ve lived anyplace other than under a rock, I bet you have one.

If  you’re new to Story Weekend, here’s how it works: I pick a theme and you share something from your life that relates to that theme, however you interpret it. Thanks to all of you who’ve been contributing. As always, there are a few “rules”:

▪   The story must be true

▪   Try to keep it under 100 words. Embrace the challenge! That’s about six or seven lines in the comment form. I want others to read your story, and most people tend to skip if it’s too long. I know how tough it is to “write tight” but I hope you’ll accept this as a challenge.





  1. Sheree Gillcrist on March 9, 2013 at 9:17 am

    I come from the land of ice and snow. Wait that’s a Led Zeppelin song lol but I do cause Canada is all about the igloos,the ice and thermal underwear and Ireland is all about the shared walls, tiny back gardens and not to many trees. I have moved from being a candidate for an episode of Hoarders in my big house with it’s tapestry of colours carpets to a 100 year old plus cottage that we have made into an open plan, hardwood floored, minimalist open plan design where clean counter tops are the order of the day and the toaster is banished from site and I love it. I give away what I don’t want and can’t use, I embrace the solar orientation of the cottage and solar panels for heating and have more windows than is healthy to clean in any woman’s lifetime:} I clean less, sing more and for the first time in my life,I own my house but my house doesn’t own me. Freedom, ah freedom.My partner once said to me that if when you die all that they can write on your tombstone is ‘She was a good housekeeper’ than you have lived a wasted life and I agree

    • Diane Chamberlain on March 9, 2013 at 10:13 am

      Wow, Sheree, I’m inspired!

  2. Lois Manowitz on March 9, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    When I met my husband, Terry, he was living in Annapolis, Md and I in Baltimore. His American/English colonial-style furniture fit perfectly in these locales. But when we moved to Tucson, AZ sixteen years later, it looked like a fish out of water—literally. I’ve been trying to gradually substitute southwest-style things ever since. Banned were the sailing-themed artwork and marine-blue color themes, replaced by desert-inspired art (including my own photos of desert birds) and “Tucson-tan” colors. The latter is a challenge so your home doesn’t become colorless! The olde-English antique copper & brass kettles and candlesticks actually fit in just great, so they can stay!

    • Diane Chamberlain on March 9, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      Need to see pictures, Lois! I imagine the mid-transition period was. . . interesting.

      • Lois Manowitz on March 9, 2013 at 4:36 pm

        Still in transition, Diane!

  3. Virginia Pierce on March 10, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    My home decor style is that I’m still looking for it. Since getting married five years ago, and buying a house and having three kids, I haven’t had time or money to design my house the way I dream. Funny enough, I don’t have any ideas in mind for the main living areas, but other rooms. I always wanted to do a kitchen in old country French chic, like lots of flamboyant roasters. And lately, I’ve wanted to do up my kids’ rooms: I wanted my oldest son to have a green room and maybe a jungle theme (he’s dinosaur and animal crazed), and my second son loves the color blue (it’s the only color he’ll say!) that I wanted to do something in blue and plaid for him. And my daughter is only 6 months old, but I envision one day having white furniture and a four-poster bed with a sheer girly layer on top, and doing a lot of lavenders and soft blues for her room.

  4. Diane Chamberlain on March 10, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    You have some lucky kids!

  5. Cindy Mathes on March 13, 2013 at 6:00 am

    My home decor is that old lived in look…I do have a dining and kitchen that is sort of Tuscany.and wish I had Sherees no junk them me…but alas..that just doesn’t seem to ever happen..This is probably the first time I’ve not gone over my 100 words.;)

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