Allow me a moment to climb onto my soapbox and address the following trends:
I'm not a vegan, vegetarian, PETA member, anti-hunting, etc, but I don't think antlers look classy. They are the last thing I'd want in my house. Period.
2. Faux Deer Heads
And that also goes for the trend of mounting faux deer heads too. Funny how there were NO paper mache deer left in the craft stores after Christmas because everyone thought it was a great idea to saw the heads off them and glue them to a wood plaque. Then paint the whole mess white. Ick!
3. Numbers on Everything
Where did this come from? It might work in a toddler's room. I say don't put it anywhere else in your house, unless you are catering your decor for a three-year-old who can't count.
(No, I didn't add numbers to my favorite lamp!)
4. "Keep Calm and Carry On"
Darling, you've worn out your welcome.
5. Painting Kitchen Cabinets
Let's stop hating on the oak. Now, I know golden oak is out, out, out. And I've got it all over my circa 1993 house. Yeah, I'd love to replace the kitchen with a more contemporary wood and stain. But I don't think too many kitchens are so hidious that painting wood cabinets in GOOD condition green, yellow or teal is a good long term improvement. It will look awful when the paint gives out. Or that color goes out of style. Kitchen cabinets are ex-pen-sive. Switch out the hardware and call it a day.
6. Painting Wood Furniture without Regard to Style
I saw before/after photos on a popular blog recently, and I kid you not, I thought they switched the photos. It was a sideboard that was green and it looked colonial and classic. Then someone got their mits on it, painted it bright yellow and decoupaged blue birds on the doors. Someday, it's going to be sitting on the curb and people will walk by and shudder.
7. The Moustache Motif
It was funny the first time. Now it's giving me the heebies. Just. go. away. NOW!
8. Religious Objects As Superficial Decorating Accessories
If you are Catholic, by all means, hang a crucifix on your wall. If you are a serious scholar and collector, you get a pass if you display religious artifacts. But, I noticed a lot of santos, religious icons and crucifixes in home decor boutiques lately. Ballard Design has even gotten in on this action with their
9. Chalkboard Paint on Everything
Especially tabletops. Why on creation would you want smeary, dusty looking furniture? Keep the chalkboard paint on actual chalkboards.
10. Chandeliers EVERYWHERE
Like laundry rooms. Get over yourself already.
I'm climbing off my soapbox now. Thanks for listening.