Saturday, April 26, 2008

Oh Fudgsicle!

The walls in the living room are finally smooth and free of cracks after we jacked up the house 5 years ago to try to make the floor a little less tilted and the house a bit less prone to collapsing in the middle. In the construction process we lost about 1/3 of the wallpaper on the walls and now that the walls are ready I went to Giesken's to get more wallpaper. Thanks to the age of technology it didn't take them but a few minutes to tell me the pattern had been discontinued 5 years ago and the company that originally made it had also been bought out by somebody else.

Although most women would relish the opportunity to pick out new wallpaper and get a totally different look I am not most women. When I found this particular pattern there was a spark between us, it was in the first pattern book I looked at and even though I pretended to continue to debate others I knew this was the one. Seven years later I am still fond of it and I can't imagine any other selection would fit our house like this one. In fact, as I have been scrolling through patterns I am only drawn to those with large floral patterns on dark red backgrounds. Same personality, different guy.

So really, I just wanted to gripe about my predicament. I don't want to pick new wallpaper, making choices about such things is too monumental for me. Not to mention we will now have to strip the old wallpaper and put up the new. The thought of the mess, time and effort involved is enough to make me think really bad thoughts.

And in the same breath I don't want to put a call out for suggestions, I just left two blogs where the women needed help getting dressed for Pete's sake! I know they were looking for suggestions for "events" but if you can't even dress yourself then what can you do? I have rather severe sensory issues and I manage to leave the house appropriately dressed everyday with no help from anyone (Sure, I may change 10 times but I don't call anyone to see if I should change the pants that are making me yell at my kids). And it was funny because a plethora of readers responded with their opinions about what would be fitting for such occasions. White, no floral, no polka dots, no just plain colored t-shirts, heels with short black dress and silk scarf. I wonder if they were more boggled than when they started.

Of course this "do not suggest" does not apply to Abby or Tracey because they have their stuff together when it comes to decorating. And thanks Abby, for the suggestion on those pants :)

5 comments:

abby said...

Ah, decorating. I remember when I used to decorate things. Way back before I turned into a white-trash renter. *sigh* I don't have any suggestions, but yay for you that the walls are ready!

Lisa Greenfelder said...

I know you didn't ask for my opinion..... but.... I'm not much for wallpaper. Too high maintenance. Give me a nice can of Ace Eggshell finish in the classic color family and I'm a happy gal. I am available for color consult on site. You can book my services in the school hallway around oh... 9:02 am.

Mechelle said...

I know, everyone says to paint, but we had to pick a printed wall paper to hide the imperfections in the 100 year old walls. Paint would be lovely and easy but not very pleasing to the eye. But thanks!

paige said...

Hey, some of us are more sartorially-challenged than others! Did you try ebay for your original pattern? My mother had the same love of her wall paper and border--when they had to replace it due to soot and smoke damage, I tried to help my mother see the opportunity for a new and exciting wall covering, but she was distraught. I managed to ebay the border (although not the wallpaper) for her and now I am her favorite daughter. I am also her only daughter, so read into it what you will...

Mechelle said...

Trust me Paige, no one is more sartorially-challenged than me, I just don't let them see me sweat. Thanks for the ebay suggestion, I just checked and almost had a heart-attack when I thought I found the pattern, it was not it but I plan to keep on checking!