THIS RANT 26/10/98
Rant Of The Day is where I get to mouth off about whatever I feel like for however long I like. Theoretically, I'll update my whinge/opinion piece every weekday; in practice, maybe not so often.
Hassling over teal blue and fuschia
I've been on a bit of a decorating trip recently which means that, like millions of other people the world over, I've been spending a lot of time cursing self-assembly furniture. Fortunately, one place I haven't been looking for inspiration is Dream Rooms: Decorating With Flair, a book aimed at the teenage female market which, which, as ever, I picked up at Target for $1 in a sale.
This book was part of a (presumably failed) series called Smart Talk, brought out by a group called Troll Associates (which may tell you everything you need to know). The back cover proudly proclaims:
Hi! Ready for some great new styles? Ready to let the real you shine in everything you do? Well, the SMART TALK books are for you. They're packed with drawings, charts, do's and don'ts, questionnaires and quizzes, and they'll show you how to make the most of yourself and your world.
Err, yes. So what's inside the book? Well, apart from a conviction that the most important thing a girl can do is find somewhere attractive to store her hair ribbons, not a whole lot. There's an awful lot of fictional case studies, in which someone called Candy or similar finds a great solution to her decorator dilemma by rummaging through a yard sale, or doing something creative with yarn. Amongst the perky observations in this volume:
- "Decorating your room -- and solving the problems that go with the job -- is part of the whole business of growing up."
- "What if you can't agree on colours? Maybe she likes red and you like green, or you're hassling over teal blue and fuschia? There are lots of ways to compromise on the colour issue. If you're choosing new bedspreads, sheets, curtains or wallpaper, you can pick a print that includes both your favourites."
- "Carla found enough fabric remnants and trims to make a fluffy pile of pillows for her bed. Carla likes frilly things, so she picked pastel colours and white fabrics, with lace trim to match. Some pieces of fabric weren't large enough for both sides of a square pillow, so Carla made pillows that have different colors on each side. They looked super!"
- "It's a lot like planning an outfit. Say you're wearing jeans. You add a white turtleneck and red V-neck sweater. What's missing? Pattern!"
- A hint for pepping up your walls: "Your favourite poems, illustrated by you and written in your best handwriting with colourful felt-tip pens. (Mount them on colourful construction paper for that 'finished' look.)"
Me, I think I'll stick to the Ikea catalogue.
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