Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Throwback Thursday: Decorating Mistakes

Christy at Embellished Bayou is hosting a fun party today called Throwback Thursday: Decorating Mistakes.  The idea is to show off (if we dare) some of our questionable decorating choices over the years.  Check out Christy's fun post and join the party at Embellished Bayou.

I had to dig through my photo albums to find a couple pictures of the house we owned when we lived in Wisconsin.  We only lived in Wisconsin from July, 1994 to May, 1996 but I think I managed to cover 90% of the walls with wallpaper (or wallpaper border) in those 2 years.  And not any I went for the big and bold prints.....which would be the only way I can explain this busy, flowered wallpaper I used in my kitchen.

And how about those vertical blinds covering the sliding glass doors....the predominance of the "hunter green" color, the glass and brass globe hanging over the kitchen table and the ivory stove and refrigerator.  Now in my defense, these were popular decorating choices in the early 90's....I even remember seeing a "model" home in the area wallpapered in the same print so I thought I was quite the decorator!!  We didn't live in the house long enough to tire of the decorating scheme so I left the house with fond memories.

But now I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to the owner of our once humble abode.....I hope it didn't take too long to tear down all that wallpaper I hung so many years ago.

Now go check out the other decorating mistakes.....or better yet....go dig out some of your photos and let us see what you thought was cool "back in the day".

Happy Thursday,


  1. HaHa! Thanks so much for linking up! I think we have all had a bad experience with wallpaper at some point in time! I just hope the decorating choices we think look good today will still be that way 10 years from now!

  2. ah... the vertical blinds... haha, you're too funny. And I hate hunter green for that reason- it was so overdone! (and green is one of my fave colors) I wonder if I will ever regret painting everything neutral/earth toned? Eeeek! I hope not! :P

  3. Hi Jane -
    I went through the same thing, only it was with the color wedgewood blue. VERY country. LOL. I thought because I was a single mom of all boys that I had to decorate in a way that my boys wouldn't be surrounded by "girlie" things. Silly me! Now they just roll their eyes at my girlie touches throughout the house.
    And who do they come to when they need something fixed??? Mom of course LOL.

  4. I had wallpaper kind of like that at one of my past houses. What were we thinking? lol

    I have an award for you on my blog!

  5. Jane I loved seeing this decor from the past. Ah yes, the almond appliances...I remember them well. I had the ugliest wall paper ever in a house that we lived in for awhile. When I drive by it I wonder if the people living there have ever done anything different.
    Congrats to lucky Michelle.

  6. Like the Tattered Cottage, I had a blue stage--We called it Williamsburg blue and I had a LOT of it...and the pewter and pinapples to go with it :). Loved this. Thanks for sharing it!

  7. Jane, I had a hunter green room, too, and I had three different taupe papers in my kitchen. BUT, I would still like it. LOL! One of my best friends bought our house, and she always apologizes if she changes anything 16 years later! ;-)


    Sheila :-)

  8. What a great story about the wallpaper, but you know -- I don't think it was a mistake, at least at the time. Looking back, it may appear to be a mistake, but at that time it was fashionable home decor. I have put up and ripped down so much wall paper. I finally thought it was OUT, but now I know people are putting it up again! NOT ME.... I would rather paint it on the wall than glue it on the wall.

  9. Hey...I still have my awful hunter green!!! Now that is a true mistake! LOL!
    Goal is to rid house of all hunter green by summer of 2010!
    Living it up at Lakewood,

  10. haha! i rembember my parents home around that same time....while they painted every wall a neutral, their furniture was the hunter green, mixed in the the blue and burgandy. that stuff was every where...still scares me. luckly no wallpaper!

  11. Me and my mom were just talking about this very thing the other day. How we love our homes at the time, but years later, we look back, question our sanity. I can remember one time my bathroom was sponge painted 3 different colors. Ugh! I hope I don't have any pictures of that one!
    I like to think my taste has changed for the better, but I wonder if I will look back twenty years from now, and wonder the same thing.

  12. I think we all had our homes covered in wallpaper...wonder how the wallpaper companies are doing these days?


  13. That was then...and this is now!!!
    I do love wallpaper...however don't have any in my home today.
    Congrat's to the winner of your giveaway.
    Deb :)

  14. That's a lot of wallpaper. How many hours did it take to cover them?

  15. I have done this sooooo many times! I look back and just laugh and say, what was I thinking?? We grow, mature, trends change, we move on right??

    I am so SAD :( I didn't win your giveaway! The SNOWMEN!!!! I still want to buy some. Just let me know when!

    Have a great day!

    Lou Cinda :)

  16. Wow! That's a lot of wallpaper. Amazing how things change so much over time. How much our tastes change. I used to do country in the States, but that just doesn't work here. Now I am very eclectic. Almost anything goes! Thanks for the Throwback! It's like my hair in one of the pictures from the anniversary post -- big hair wasn't just for the 80's! Have a great day! Tammy

  17. Hi Jane,
    Isn't it funny how at the time the decorating looked good and now looking back you think "yikes". Fun post!

  18. Hi! Great throwback! I remember wallpaper being so popular and it's coming back with pretty prints but there's no way I'm committing to it again after so much scraping. Maybe a closet. haha

    I really hope that we're not thinking the same thing about current decor in a few's a never ending cycles of updating!


  19. Jane, Thanks for stopping by my Blog what a small world, what took you to Kansas? I love the decorating pictures you have posted I'm sure I could share some funny styles we have had through the years. I have added your blog to my list of favs and I am following you!
    Hugs, Diane

  20. Haha, a wonderful sea of wall paper!! Thanks for sharing.

  21. Love your blog and I am now a new follower, I have made some huge huge mistakes in decorating, but I think over time and millions of magazines your taste begins to become a style...I will be back, come for a visit...

  22. In all fairness, hunter green was the stylish thing then.

  23. Hi Jane,
    Too funny! We all went through that design phase I think, it was quite the look at the time. My son recently had the chance to go in to the house we lived in when he was little, he was so excited to see the hunter green ivy border in the kitchen that I had stenciled in 1992. Ugh!!!

  24. i love that throwback, i love looking at old photos and see what i thought was sooooo in, lol, yours is great, good luck with your brown room, if you do it post pictures

  25. I keep wondering if we will look back 20 years from now and wonder "what were we thinking?"

  26. Oh ya, baby do I remember the 'wallpaper frenzy' of the '90s. I did have my bedroom wallpapered in tiny blue flowers. In the other bedrooms I had the border around the top. In the kitchen, for a little different look, I put the wall paper around the middle about halfway down the was "stylin'"
    Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

  27. This is such a cute idea. We had some pink and blue flowered couches in our living room growing up that were definitely questionable. I wish I had a picture!

    Thanks for your comments on my blog. I truly appreciate your kindness. It means a lot to me to hear from all of my blogging friends and that you have taken the time to write to me.

  28. It takes a very brave woman to admit her mistakes. I agree, I think we have all had a bad wall paper or even paint experience somewhere. Welcome to the club. The good thing is if we learn from those mistakes. I know you did! You gots style!

  29. what a cute idea - i'll have to check out her blog! that decor of yours was what you saw throughout the midwest - having been an illinois girl, i remember it all very well!

  30. I don't look at them as mistakes. Ut was a different time and thise things were in. Thanks for sharing those pictures!

    Have a great weekend,

  31. Hi Jane,

    Thanks for stopping by & entering my blogs give-away (good luck to you) I loved this post, last week my daughter were over & going thur old photos, they were laughing about the old pic of the house we lived in the late 80's...
    Not sure why they thought our home was so Country!
    could it be all the wall paper & borders with Apples, Houses & Welcome Friends!


  32. Hi Jane... too funny!
    Our home was owned by a wonderful woman~~but, with over-the-top decorating taste. EVERYTHING was color coordinated, pattern over pattern and layers upon layers. Sofas and chairs, matched the curtains and pillows! Our bathroom had drapes, wallpaper, shower curtain, valance and tassles holding back all of the fabrics... it looked as small as a matchbox! Not to mention, sensory overload!!! The y were a crazy mix of floral and stripes...hunter green, at that! We did some stripping and painting in a few rooms~ much better! Hey, if I say it was tacky, you know it must have been pretty bad because I can be tacky myself, at times! :)
    Hope that you had a terrific weekend!

  33. I remember those wallpaper days. I once wallpapered a bedroom with the biggest floral flowers in the world. I need to dig up a photo and post it.
    Isn't it funny the decorating phases that we go through.


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