Thursday, July 17, 2008

Take 20 CC's Of Latex Gloss And Call Me In The Morning

Perhaps I'm the only one to notice this, but, if you look closely, you'll find that commercials for depression medication are full of 1) sadness and 2) wood paneling.

Coincidence? I think not.

There's one commercial (for Cymbalta, I think) that features four (!) different shots of people in various paneled rooms--dining rooms, living rooms, horribly depressing bedrooms--during the pre-medication montage of sadness. And after Cymbalta? It's nothing but wide-open sunny windows and fresh, clean white walls, my friends. Either 1) the Cymbalta gave those poor souls enough wherewithal to get the hell away from that wood paneling or 2) the Cymbalta gave them enough wherewithal and getupandgo to paint over that bummer wood mess, already. Hard to say which.

depressionhurts

Since I can't find video evidence of the ad in question, here is a screen grab of Cymbalta's website. Kindly direct your attention to that wood paneling, lurking there in the background, crushing the spirits of that poor be-robed woman. Who does depression hurt? Everyone, everyone forced to live under the tyrannical spell of dingy, outdated wood paneling.

Why do I bring this up, you ask? (And thanks for asking, by the way. I know this is tedious.)

there it is

Meet The Wall. The Wall of Wood. The Depressing Wall of Depressing Wood. The Wall of Ongoing Marital Discord and Strife When Will It End Who Knows. (Or, for short: Divorce Wall.) The Wall was here when Byron purchased the house and six years later, The Wall is still going strong. The Wall abides.

The Wall, the north wall of our rectangular living room, also features a lovely brick fireplace, untouched built-in bookcases original to the 1950's construction, and a big expanse of mirror tiles Byron put up after four years of unrelenting debating, griping, and moping from his wife. The mirrors nicely cover about 65% of the wood wall, leaving this tricky 35% to be dealt with.

closeup

(A side note: Sorry about the candles. I guess I replaced the candles sometime before taking these pictures, and all those fresh, unburned candles are kind of bothering me now. It's like the cheesy interior design equivalent of your dad wearing pristine, blindingly-white tennis shoes all over Rome or Paris or New York City or whatever. Not cool, Daaaaad.)

That 35% of The Wall has mysterious powers over me. Sometimes, when we're watching TV with our backs to The Wall, I will start thinking about The Wall, feeling it there, looming over me, absorbing my very life force into its dingy wood grain. I'll peek over my shoulder, stewing, plotting, thinking about my next move in the ongoing battle for eventual control of The Wall and Byron will inevitably notice my furtive little glances and say, firmly:

"No. We're not painting it."

See, Byron takes deep offense at any piece of real wood being painted anywhere, ever, regardless of said wood's quality, appearance, or ability to cause clinical depression. The fact that you would cover beautiful, natural wood grain with anything but stain is an abomination to him, truly. My grandfather, a contractor and carpenter, had this same crippling aversion to wood painting and, though I'm sure marrying an architect might have earned me ten demerits with him, I know that he would appreciate Byron's hardline anti-paint position.

No painting the wood. Especially white, are you trying to kill him?

Which reminds me: the problem with marrying an architect, ladies, is that you are marrying someone with an opinion about every single thing that happens to the interior of your home. And I know that may sound appealing, like maybe you'll spend lots of lovely Saturday mornings picking out fabric swatches together and thumbing through paint chips over mochaccinos before going antiquing, but it ain't so, sister. You are marrying a man with a Design Viewpoint, a Design Philosophy, and he feels particularly good about his aesthetic because it comes with a master's degree.

You want to paint that wood? His master's degree begs to differ.

And though it seems pretty ridiculous now (writing this as a somewhat mature adult with bigger fish to fry), I do believe more than one newlywed argument about The Wall actually ended in tears. Once upon a time, I literally cried over The Wall. Silly? Sure. Were there pregnancy hormones involved? Oh, probably.

But the Cymbalta people don't lie. The Wall, she has mysterious powers.

the wood wall of marital discord

You know, the wood is reading kind of nice in these shots, which is completely irritating. You'll have to trust me, though: in person The Wall is a total bummer. It will mess you up good, and soon you'll be stumbling around the house in my robe, trying to find a clean pair of underpants, subsisting on string cheese and crying over a particularly touching episode of Mr. Rogers.

Maybe a closer view will help:

DESPAIR

I don't know; is it the wood grain? The finish? Maybe it is just me.

But here's your chance to play at home and weigh in on this issue of moderate-to-low importance. What should be done with that pesky Wall? Once a final decision is made, we'll finish out the mirror edges with some trim and be done with it. (And, just so you know, Byron has absolutely assured me that he has every intention of completely ignoring the results of this poll. Fun!)

70 comments:

Byron Wood Paneling Jr. Esq. said...

I can't believe I read this blog.

hippyhappyhay said...

Well, I think that if someone were to leave some paint out accidently, and step ladder, and drop sheets, and a little toddler like person happened to paint the wall (remarkably neatly), then that would be just too bad.

justjuli said...

Maybe if you start slipping Byron some cymbalta in his morning coffee - his opinion on the wood painting would change.
I'm just sayin'.....

Laura/CenterDownHome said...

I don't see why some people shouldn't try to learn to live with a wood paneled wall when other people have had to live with a huge double-sink unpainted oak vanity in their otherwise pristine white-tiled bathroom, for, like, TWENTY YEARS. Because the husband and the mother-in-law say You Don't Paint Wood. Some mornings I think about crawling into a corner of that thing and curling into a fetal position and rocking and rocking ...

bluemountainsmary said...

Laughing at Laura.

Laughing at Byron.

Wondering about the possibility of gyprock and groovy Florence Broadhurst wallpaper.

Maybe.

Casey said...

Sweet Martha Stewart, woman, you have *white* chairs in a home with children? How does that work? Hoodoo? Invisible fence? Tell me, because I got all brown furniture after my youngest son arrived and everything still looks dirty from the kids scrabbling around on it.

OK, enough with the gobsmacked envy.

What if -- and this may be heresy to both you and your husband -- you were to stain the paneling a non-brown color that coordinates with your decor? A pale green, for instance, or whatever you think would alleviate the need for meds? You get the wood grain but you also get a color other than Depressing. Just a thought.

a Tonggu Momma said...

Oh my gosh, this post had me rolling and also groaning with sympathy.

You see, the Husband is not an architect, but the Husband is a woodworker hobbyist. And not just any hobbyist. The Husband, at the tender age of 14, won the Washington State Fair small furniture division. He's also stubborn.

My suggestion -- go on Cymbalta. It will be easier.

The Cheap Chick said...

Dear Byron,

I am a licensed Realtor in the state of Minnesota, and I can tell you BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DOUBT that the wood paneling is reducing the overall value of your home.

You may have the degree, but as a REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL, I know that the wood is hurting the house.

Also? I adore your wife, and you should do what she wants you to do at all times.

The Cheap Chick

J. said...

Maybe you should email the Cymbalta people and see if they would like to use "the wall" for a photo shoot. If nothing else, maybe they will send you some free samples for your effort. (Boy, that weekend alone with the kids really did a number on you, huh, Melanie? ; )

And speaking of "the wall of despair," if you have never been to Despair.com go. Now. You can buy some lovely framed posters to go over "the wall" while you and Byron (whom I was hoping was a poet) figure out what to do with it.

I am now going to send a link to this post to my neighbor, Lynda, whose husband is an architect, as a result of which their six-month renovation has been going on for a year now. But I'm pretty sure they got rid of all of their wood paneling.

kg said...

To bolster your argument for painting the wood paneling -- I have a friend who works for the GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation -- like the FBI but for the state of Georgia) as a crime scene photographer. Yes, for real. Anyway, when she (yes, for real) first started working for the GBI she photographed several homicides and came away with a list of how to tell you will be killed in your own home. Numbers 3 to 1: you are male, you wear novelty boxers, you have wood paneling in your home. Yes, wood paneling was the number one indicator that you would be killed in your own home.

Draw your own conclusions.

And if Byron likes the novelty boxers, he may want to rethink his stance on the wood paneling. :)

Louise said...

The worst thing in the world is a husband who wants to say anything at all about the interior of the house. I started my married life with that, but we worked around it. But his masters' degree was elsewhere. My argument was that "When people come in, they judge ME based on how it looks, and I am NOT keeping that sofa you've have for who knows how long!"

Cheap Chick's advice should be strongly noted. Other than that, maybe some remedial interior design courses?

lori said...

I'm generally opposed to painting wood, but I reserve that opposition to wood furniture. Wood panelling isn't furniture. Also, now I have to watch those commercials more closely.

That said, my suggestion would be another means that covers the wood panelling but doesn't permanently change the wood panelling. (I know I cover every inch of my world with fabric and now I'm becoming some sort of fabric missionary by saying this, but:) you could do some sort of textured fabric wall "treatment" (in a light, soothing or cheery color). It wouldn't have to be permanent and would lighten the area like paint.

Melanie said...

@ kg:

I just read your comment aloud to Byron (who was in his boxers) and we laughed and laughed. THIS IS EXACTLY THE KIND PSEUDO-SCIENCE I NEED TO SUPPORT MY ARGUMENT. Thank you for your assistance.

Also, a note from Byron: He would like everyone to know that his paneling is FANCY REAL WOOD and not cheap, flimsy, tacked-up 70's paneling. Plus, there is only a little smidge of it. Surely this increases both his chance of keeping the wood AND not getting murdered?

maggiegracecreates said...

My inlaws pained all of their wood paneling - it was the real stuff too. and I have whitewashed all of the wooden walls in my studio.

I screwed up and painted my living room a dark kakhi color - too dark and depressing. That will be changed SOON.

have a wonderful day.

Melanie said...

@ Laura:

Clearly, you've got the makings for your very own Cymbalta commercial.

Jackie Tx said...

Fabric me love. Try hanging some pretty nice sweet fabric over the paneling. Not like a curtin unless you really want The Wall to be playing hide and seek all the time. More like wall paper but with fabric, turn the upperside over and make a hem and bust out with the o'staple gun. I live in Tx so the whole is it flamable thing dosent really cross my mind as we dont have a fire place. But really if The Wall were to have an unfortunate "accident" from being covered by its hidiousness then its ok. Btw we had white colored wood panneling in our house...not so depressing at all but still tacky.

Candy Yum Yum said...

If you carefully stencil a picture of Jesus on the wood, you could charge people to come visit it. Then you could take your earnings and wall board over it.

Lisa Milton said...

Pills, all around. You can't go wrong.

(You are such a good photographer - do small children actually romp in that room - that I could barely see the grain. I don't know if this helps your case.)

Once again, great post.

knitalot3 said...

I'm sure I'm a freak, but the dark brick on the fireplace bothers me worse than the paneling. While I probably wouldn't choose wood paneling for my walls (ever), I too have an aversion to painting over wood. Can you perk it up with some cleaning and polishing? I'm sure DH would love to do that for you. I also like the idea of staining it another color, soft blue or green? Good luck. I say if you hate it and DH loves you, he'll use his expertise to find a better alternative to the Wall.

dharmamama said...

You didn't have an option of just ripping the paneling out, which is what I would choose to do. I, too, have an aversion to painting over paneling. But ripping it out? No problemo. Especially after seeing the "closer view".

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I feel the same way you do about the wood. The room looks quite loveley, but . . . the wood.

We had this same discussion about painting an oak front door. But, hello, the house is gray; cranberry was the obvious choice. Luckily no one here holds design degrees, so I managed to prevail over the protests of both my husband and the contractor.

standing still said...

I know the process sucks and smells, but how about stripping the hell out of it to lighten it? Or, sand it down? I did that with some hellish ugly kitchen cabinets, and THEN I painted them, because the dark stain went clear through to China.

Kammie said...

I have seen the wall and I must confess, it is ugly. However, being raised by Melanie's grandfather, I can attest to the fact that painting wood was viewed as a crime against humanity. Dad would definitely side with Byron on this one. As far as my opinion, there is wood and then there is ugly paneling. That is ugly paneling. PAINT IT!

Melanie said...

I'm actually feeling genuine sympathy for Byron and The Wall right now.

wehave9 said...

You are so better than me...I would have painted that wall years ago. And then I would have just dealt with his anger until he finally got over it.

Angie said...

I can't believe someone actually voted to 'get on cymbalta' - haha.

Not to be difficult or anything, but if you finish the trim around the mirrors it might actually look cool. I know it seems like you are just framing in the dreaded wood and therefore drawing attention to it - but I don't think so.

Normally, I would never side with the husband:), but I'm not sure painting it would be good.

Try the trim, see how it looks, post more pictures and then I have the right to change my mind, right?

Either way, good luck.

JennyP said...

so I grew up in a lovely house with not 1 but 2 rooms with wood paneling on ALL sides...to this day, my mother tells me that I should find a house with wood paneling...you never have to paint it and it is always "homey"...I keep telling her that homey and homely are NOT the same thing but then the guilt-riot starts about how lovely my childhood was in that wood-paneled house...so I feel your pain about the "gift" of wood paneling.

Byron, the put-upon said...

First of all, the facts:

1. I do have a design degree, but this in no way means that I am an arbiter of "good taste", because...

2. There is no such thing as "good taste". There is wood paneling, and there is painted wall. Neither are "good", yet they both are.

3. Our paneled wall is not, indeed, a gateway to hell (or Heironymous Bosch's concept of hell). Macaulay Culkin's ghostlike image has only appeared a COUPLE of times in said wall, but what you're seeing is actually some fancy computer illusion my wife is so fond of using to build cases against me.

4. If there are any shelter-mag readers out there in Beanpaste land, and you havent yet spoken up, I could really use your input!!! Wood paneling is "in" thanks to the public's re-discovery of mid-century modernism, and although I wouldn't consider our house mid-century modernist in style, the wood wall is appropriate design for our house's vintage.

5. The wood wall makes me feel realy really good. I "admire" the wall. Even if it may cause my untimely demise, at least I'll look smokin hot in my forensics photos. And isn't that what its all about anyway?

6. Painted wood paneling stays sticky for 300 years. Also, it looks like you live in a garbage house.

That is all. Vote with your heart.

Stu said...

Wood paneling is used in depression ads because you can find it in most mobile home trailer parks. You too would be depressed living there in the 'single-wad'.

Good luck with the divorce. Make sure Byron gets the paneling in the settlement.

-Stu

Mrs. G. said...
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Mrs. G. said...

The deleted comment was mine-I can't bear major mispellings.

Like Laura, I'm thinking that you should just thank your lucky starts that your ENTIRE HOUSE doesn't have dark wood beams, dark wood everywhere (and not the cool kind)and just start drinking earlier. Or, perhaps, start making more salads with croutons, lots and lots of croutons.

Rima said...

I voted for extending the mirror, but an alternate solution might be a nice Bosch mural on either side of the existing mirror.

Byron said...

Thanks Rima! You obviously have a master's degree in good taste.

Melanie said...

And with that, Byron fell in love with Rima.

Starshine said...

At least this much is clear: none of us have voted for you to get a divorce! Hang in there, and PAINT THAT WALL! ;)

xo

family-of-five said...

okay, I have to say, the wood doesn't look that bad. but maybe that's because you're such an amazing photographer. i'm sure that's what it is. and also, i'm feeling like someone needs to side with byron, since he's so clearly out-polled, and therefore it's safe for me to do so.

Melanie said...

I find myself wanting to stick up for Byron, too. I think this might be Stockholm Syndrome.

Mrs. G. said...

I just wanted to come back and make sure you didn't think I was suggesting you murder Byron by crouton-although it would support the pseudo-science of the crime scene photographer.

Ok, Where Was I? said...

I think that's the best first sentence I've read all week. Hilarious.

LaRue said...

An additional vote against the paneling - all 70's soft core porn movies use it. (Not that I am a huge fan of such movies, nor have I ever seen any.... oh dear, this is not going where I have intended...)

Also - heroin chic and paneling are all the rage. Watched the video for Fiona Apple for "Criminal?" Heroin chic, soft core porn, AND PANELING.

And I would like to say that The Cheap Chick was FOR my painting of the paneling in my old dining room, which sucked the life right out of me. Before I painted the paneling: Prozac. After the paneling: Wellbutrin. BUT! I am getting better.

happygeek said...

This is the funniest thing I have read all week.
You are a good wife.
If it was me, the architect would walk in the door one day and the wood would be painted. Then I would just play dumb.
Blame the cymbalta fairies or something.

Bipolarlawyercook said...

I was going to say water-based white stain, for a lovely "country" look. You photoshop skills, btw? Amazing. Love the Culkin.

And I envy your Crate & Barrel "Century" candydish/knick knack thingy. I always want to buy it, and then recall I can't be trusted with china.

Kelly @ Love Well said...

First, I feel the need to confess that I painted three huge pieces of wood furniture last year. Forgive me, Byron.

In my defense, they were all pine, which BEGS to be painted. "Hey, lady, if you were turning gray, wouldn't YOU get highlights? Do something about this mess!"

Second, I feel compelled to tell you that I saw Candace Olson (aka The Divine) hang wood paneling in a mid-century basement remodel just last week. Sigh.

Third, maybe you should put up a Paypal button to pay for the Cymbalta, Melanie. You're going to need it.

Nancy said...

This is the funniest sh*t ever!

Honestly, I don't think YOUR wood paneling looks that bad. You've decorated nicely around it...and I have a design degree. Also I'm not 100% sold on the whole paneling = depression thing, but I don't have a single splinter of panel in my house and I'm not depressed, so take what you want from that.

Either way, I voted to paint the crap out of it...sorry Byron. Weighing the design degree between my girl Melanie...I'm sticking with her!

Serial Mommy said...

I am with byron on this one. I hate to see beautiful wood painted over. Nice photoshopping by the way. I live in a house that was built in, are you ready? 1889. Yes, my house is almost 120 years old. And through all of the owners and livers in this home, they have painted ALL of the woodwork WHITE. Abhorrid sterile easy to paint over when someone new moves in WHITE. Wood is not meant to be white or taupe or purple. Wood is meant to be earthy and real and vibrant. You don't feel the wood seeping in to you to suck you dry. You feel the wood filling you up, vibrating in to your core, reminding you that we all come from the earth. Anyway, I digress (I tend to do that a lot, you read my blog, you know), the wood is beautiful, let it be in it's semi-natural state. If it were me, I'd take the mirrors down too, but I have a "thing" with mirrors.

iloveupstate.com said...

Paneling. Really, Byron? Really? Come now, I think we can all agree that E. M. Pei does not have paneling in his house...however...Thomas Kincaid prolly does. Let it go dude. Let it go...

My parent's house had paneling in their living room. I have emotional baggage from it.

stephanie (bad mom) said...

Your 1950s trailer park wood paneling + the fact that I paid way too much for the BlogHer conference are both depressing the hell out of me.

I voted for painting a new color and also the nonexistent-choice of painting the brick fireplace, too (I can feel Byron wanting to stick something sharp in my neck).

Do send Cymbalta or generic equivalent.

i am very mary said...

I take Cymbalta and all my walls are now BRIGHT! WHITE! HAPPY! And I don't even want a third divorce from Very David. Who is my second husband, from whom I am already divorced. And not remarried. Um, Yeah, go for Cymbalta.

Jozet at Halushki said...

We recently painted over our wood paneling, and our sex life immediately improved 157%.

In fact, I was going to write more, but just looking at that white paneling wants to make me go have more sex right now. Lots of it.

iloveupstate.com said...

Oh...yeah...that should be I.M. Pei. I should know better than to post pre-caffeine.

Sharon said...

Does the institutional department from which Byron earned his master's degree KNOW that he endorses wood paneling in the 21st century? Maybe an anonymous call to his thesis advisor would be in order. If I were in your place, I'd probably nudge all those candles quite a bit closer to the paneling and then light them and "forget" about them.

All Adither said...

White is happy. Why doesn't he get that?

My husband has strong opinions too. But no Master's. Hrmph.

cherish.photography said...

You are funny, but quite ambitious! Have fun re-doing your wall!

Susan Carlin said...

I'd measure the actual wood areas and commission an artist to paint two paintings to hang in those spaces with about one inch of wood left showing around the edges of the frames. Not unpainted wood frames, either. Nosireebob.

Nora Bee said...

Alternatively, you could switch tampons and immediately start taking long bike rides wearing white leggings, the wind through your hair and a dashing man at your side (who would prolly let you paint the damn thing)

Mark Brown said...

Why can't you just get rid of the paneling all together and replace it with something you can both agree on that won't drive either of you into despair? Does the paneling have to stay?

heartfull said...

I voted initially for painting the wall taupe. But now I'm thinking a steel gray which would go quite nicely with the black brick/mirrors. Then I would add some silver/nickel/pewter candlesticks to what you have - maybe larger ones.

Oh - I'm full of ideas when it isn't my house.

But the kicker, I think, is a lovely green sofa from Macy's. Tell Bryan THAT would really be a lovely accent to the room!

San Diego Momma said...

Welll....I'm not saying this to be a contrarian...but I like the wall ***cowers in all-wood-paneled corner***.

I don't know anything about anything though, especially design, so you know, I'm not an informed opinion here.

Can you stain the wood a darker color and make it more "modern?"

And finally. I love that room. It makes me happy. Despite the woody reference to Cymbalta.

laura said...

I love the look of that wall she says ducking for cover. Then again, I'm a total hypocrite because I primed and painted our entire basement paneling and also primed and painted all the "lovely" (ha!) woodwork in my daughters bedroom. I feel your pain but I do love that room.

monica @ transplanting me said...

paint that wall! or get some really thing wood type stuff, cut it to the exact size of the wall that's not covered and paint it. then hang it in some none damaging to the existing wood kind of way over the paneling. and be happy. and then maybe when macaulay culkin appears on the paneling he can tap morse code messages to you.

InteriorDesign in Dallas said...

Okay, I'm an Interior Designer with a top commercial interiors firm. A friend recommended your blog and as luck would have it, I stumbled upon this great post. To the would-be (haha) wood paneling haters, we just did a $200 million corp hdqtrs with as much wood paneling as possible - the clean modern kind. If done correctly, it can be warm and traditional or modern and sleek. However, your wood paneling looks like - please don't take offense - the pre-fab variety, which is, quite honestly, very depressing. Here are a few suggestions from me.

1. Dismantle the entire tile mirror application - very 70's and (obviously) dated. Replace with a great framed mirror hung horizontally along with your vertically-hung artwork.

2. If at all possible, remove the paneling. Paint the wall and the fireplace the same color. It will make the wall less disjointed. I can recommend a few colors only by their reputation for looking great because I'd have to see the room in person (or have chips and fabric samples) to give an accurate recommendation. All Benjamin Moore - some cooler, some warmer in no particular order: Elmira White, Titanium, Manchester Tan, Bleeker Beige, and Ballet White.

3. On real wood paneling I'd recommend staining a beautiful Ebony finish - it will give the room a more modern look and the entire wall will become a focal point. Wenge wood is a good example of this. However, I've never stained that kind of paneling in ebony and I don't know if you will get a good result.

4. My preference if you can NOT take down the paneling is to paint the entire wall - paneling, bookshelves, and fireplace - a shade or two darker than the adjoining wall. Then I'd get a nice 3+ inch square profile black matte frame around a large bevel-edge mirror (no bevel is nice, too) and hang that over the FP. This will look great with what appears to be black frames on your other artwork. And keep the asymmetrical balance of the art that you already have - 2 on one side, 1 on the other.

Just FYI, the tone on tone stripe fabric on the lounge chairs is far too stuffy and old looking. The sofa with precious child and fun throw pillows looks like it fits your young lifestyle much better. Find someone to slipcover those chairs in a fun, durable (possibly washable), twill or cotton/linen - both kid friendly. If you can re-upholster, find a good upholsterer who can build-out the arms of the chair and give them a more square profile (the same with the seatback) - that alone will update the chair tremendously and will go better with your sofa.

Good Luck - let us know what you decide.

Jessica B. said...

Okay, I know this is an older post...

but here is the thing you are forgetting:

IF you just go ahead and paint it- the suffering will only be temporarily and the paint will last forever.

See, the worst he can threaten is divorce and even a lawyer would laugh him out of the office if he said he wanted a divorce because his wife painted some paneling. He would seriously become a laughing stock.

Bath-but-not-London-anymore said...

Two thoughts:

1. I used to have really strong feelings about things like this. Then 10-20 years passed and I realised that what I used to think was HORRIBLE (like taupe) suddenly looks cool. Clean. Fresh.

2. I have an heirloom corner cupboard that I recently had restored. Some other family member, about 75 years ago, decided that it's gorgeous reddish mahogany was "too dark" and lighten it with stain. There is nothing I can do now to restore it to the original rich tone. It will always look a little bleached-out when you look up close. The value (in monetary terms) has been severely comprimised.

Conclusion: Just keep arguing about it. 1950's houses are just on the cusp of being really fashionable. Do some research into really top-end 1950's decor. See if you can't find some elements that you really like. In other words, work with what you got. Fashion comes and goes. But don't do permanent damage to original features. You'll regret it later.

That's my 2 pence.

(Byron, you owe me 2p)

Amy Bradstreet said...

You know, Byron, I happen to read those shelter mags and I was thinking the same thing--"hey, that sort of paneling is in"...check out Atomic House, Dwell, ReadyMade, Domino, Blue Dot catalog--they all have used paneling. Now, that doesn't necessarily mean that this trend is a good one and the coupling of paneling with fake cerise deer head isn't highly questionable. It's just something to think about.

Let me also say, I am NOT opposed to painting wood.

I think the paneling could work and it is the mirror tiles and unpainted brick that bother me the most, also. IF you wanted or could re-do everything in there, you could get that glam, trendy Blue Dot look. If not, I say paint it to your country chic heart's content.

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