When did I get passe?

I did not sleeeeeep. Did you ever do that thing where you keep waking up every dang hour? Why? And then at 7:00 when my alarm went off I was sleeping the deep sleep of the knee-deep knee-highs.

And yet, here I am. I couldn’t very well call into work tired. I feel like such a trouper. I feel like Olivia Walton, wanly peeling my hundredth potato, because for no discernible reason I found myself unable to resist John Walton and his long johns (not a euphemism) at least 7 times, which is why there is a need for 100 damn potatoes at lunch.

Speaking of my current references, I’ve come to realize I’ve lost touch with fashion. This is something I hadn’t counted on.

When I was in my 20s, there was nothing more important to me, and I used to judge people who weren’t atop all that is fashionable, people such as, say, Olivia Walton, who was atop John Walton at least 7 times.

Do you remember when we used to believe that? That our parents only did it the number of times that we had siblings? They hit the jackpot those three times then they gave it up forever!

Anyway.

Over Christmas, I showed my holiday decorations on the Facebook and admitted I have no visual skills. “If you see anything that needs moving, please tell me,” I said. What I meant by that was if anyone saw anything that needed moving, to tell me. See. Is what I meant. What I got instead was a lot of comment on what I’d chosen for decoration.

By the way, WORLD, the words “critique” and “criticize” are not interchangeable.

Anyway, while people were feeling free to criticize my decorations, I got a lot of, “Oh my god, why do you have tinsel?” “Take down the tinsel.”

Why do I have tinsel? My blood type is tinsel! I adore tinsel! Tinsel, to me, is shiny and retro!

But then I started looking around at other people’s decorations, like designer people, and realized, wow, no one has tinsel. Even regular people don’t have tinsel. Fekking no one has tinsel but me. I remember buying that tinsel with Alicia, my cleaning lady, fmr., during Christmas 2000-ish.

Anyway when it came time to put away decorations, I threw away my tinsel, despondent.

Then that night I watched an Instagram live of a very hip San Francisco person and she totally had tinsel twined up her staircase of her midcentury home. Ding-dang it.

And now vanities. I have my great-aunt’s vanity and I adore it. I really don’t use it; I do store socks on it but that’s about it. I put a sock in it, literally. Anyway then I saw a person on social media somewhere, and right there is my problem, saying how old vanities never sell anymore and I was all, reallllly? The same way my Uncle Leo says it when you tell him you spent more than $20 on a dress.

People don’t want vanities anymore?

So now I have a choice. I can have one of those old lady homes where everything is stuck in time, and when I die my house will go viral for being so old-fashioned. Or I can embrace the now and have one of those blank Ikea-looking homes everyone’s so crazy about.

I don’t really like either option.

I suppose my whole lewk is dated and I should be on one of those makeover shows and I hope it’s Queer Eye. I’m really less Jonathan and more Karamo. I’m sure this stuns you. That would be a great episode. “Did you see the one where that lady keeps trying to climb on Karaomo’s long johns?”

Anyway I don’t know how this happened, except that reading Glamor stopped appealing to me in about 2002. Is there even Glamor magazine anymore? I used to live for it, along with Elle. Oh, also, I got fat. So even if I wanted to stay on top of looking fashionable, it’d have to be the way Kate on This is Us is fashionable. Like, you put yourself in a swingy top and hope for the best.

I guess there’s also the whole part about who gives a shit? Why can’t I just have stuff I like and if I’m the old lady with the bun who owns Tweety Bird, who am I harming? But I just assumed I’d be less Tweety Bird’s mom and more Iris Apfel. And yet, here I am, saying, “No one uses TINSEL anymore?”

So.

I gotta go. My work’s Teams messaging center is all over the place with the exchanging of work and of vows and I hope of sausage if I play my cards right. See above re swingy top and calling it a day.

A la mode,
June

79 thoughts on “When did I get passe?

  1. If you are into tinsel, you should own it. Life’s too short to listen to other people. Also, why is everyone surprised by your decorating choices? You have always collected furniture that looks as though it came from your grandmother’s house – it’s your thing! Just stick with it and eventually you can start a trend call Nana Chic and laugh all the way to the bank.

    As for me, I’m midcentury modern – just give me everything that is in Rob and Laura Petrie’s house and I’ll be happy.

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  2. I love your style and I my house would be more like your style if I wasn’t married to someone who has an opinion. This Christmas my kids and I were talking about how we needed tinsel on the tree, but I didn’t want to clean it up. I also don’t understand mean people and would never say anything to put someone down. Life is to short not to be mean and not to spread joy.

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  3. Loved all these comments and agree totally! Your home is delightful. Reminds me of my historic adobe that I gave up in 2005… darn it. But I still have all the old furniture and I expect that I will when I get ready to check out. Some of my stuff I have had for over 50 years and the pieces were already very old. It is what feels comfortable. I could never understand how people just get rid of everything and start again when they move!
    And tinsel – I just haven’t decorated much in the last 20 years but I have brand new tinsel in a box for when I do! I think I told you this already, but Deb was the “tinsel king.” We had tinseled our trees all my life so it was just a continuation of a tradition! Tinsel was always good for covering any mistakes on the tree!
    You are doing it right, Miss Joon!

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  4. I don’t understand why you care so much about what other people think. You seem to need constant validation.

    If you love your things and your home, then love them. If you don’t, then change them.

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    1. Jesus, I hate men like you. I’m writing my thoughts, you smug ass. It’s a blog. I’m not seeking constant validation. God, that irks me.

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    2. Not to mention, genius, do you think I don’t know that? Of course I know that. Do you honestly think I posted my thoughts to hear that over and over because I needed reassurance 70 times? I can’t imagine that you honestly think I did.

      So let’s ask the real question: what is the matter with you? Honestly, what is going on in your life that you felt the need to come to someone’s blog, someone I don’t think you’ve commented on before, to say something like that? Is something troubling you? Do you feel bad about something? I honestly want to know.

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  5. Oh for the love of Pete….do what makes YOU happy! It is YOUR house! Facebook is a butthole. Farmhouse is so predictable. Ikea is cold. The House-O-June is warm, collected, interesting, fun and unique! No need to change! Or give a flying rat’s ass what anyone else thinks!

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  6. Your mentioning of Olivia on top of John was hilarious. I had a BIG birthday last week, and I was up for a few hours during the night and then ended up waking up from a deep sleep to an alarm because I made an appointment thinking I’M ALWAYS UP BY 8. The one day I NEEDED to sleep in. Did I mention this happened on my pandemic birthday that falls between Christmas and New Years that no one ever remembers? Oh, and my mean sister used to go around and straighten all the tinsel after I put in on the tree when we were kids. I enjoy a good flowy top.

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  7. Keep what you like. I have a stepsister who has the most gorgeous house. But you would never know who lived there by walking through it, too perfect and no personality or family photos. To me, that is sad and boring. Your house should be comfortable to and a reflection of you, so do what you like. I’m similar, in that my other sister and niece are all into the white/beige/navy/gray trend, and it’s beautiful, but I need my warm, vibrant colors to keep me energized.

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  8. Loose pieces of tinsel or a garland of tinsel? I have fond memories of hanging the individual shiny sliver pieces of tinsel on my family tree when I was growing up (I wasn’t allowed to throw it on by handfuls but would often sneak one toss onto the back) but couldn’t find it when adult and married, so we bought tinsel garland. We alternate with a bead garland (shiny, blue). I would toss them both out if I thought I could get loose tinsel again.

    BeeBelle

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  9. As I’m sure plenty of people have said before I decided to pipe up – if YOU like tinsel and your aunt’s vanity or what have you – then who cares what everyone else is doing?

    Besides, you are probably before your time – most likely in the next couple of years tinsel and vanities will be back “in style.”

    In other words, march to your own drum, that’s way less stressful than trying to march to someone else’s tune..

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  10. I used to have a friend, the same friend who became enraged because I read and commented on the not-blog and had become friendly on Facebook with you and other readers, who hated my decor. She was very matchy-matchy, trendy and polished. I love old things. My decor consists of old windows, shutters and picket fence sections hanging on my walls. I do love my gray walls because I want a neutral backdrop for all of my old beautiful things to reside on. Old friend also disliked my 100 plus year old house stating, “Janet just needs to be different. She has to have a corner of the market that no one else has.” Or I was/am comfortable with my likes and dislikes. She and I are no longer friends.

    If you love it and (insert puke emoji) it brings some joy to you, screw anyone else who doesn’t like it.

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  11. You know, and I do truly mean this as a compliment, you are a character. Many things i love about your house but the pop tart, as cool as it is, surprised me. That’s you. You’re a mixture of styles and ages. I don’t think you cam be pigeonholed. So as everyone has already said, do you. Do you until you don’t like whatever it is and change it. It’s nice not to have to ask permission. And, as soon as the youngest moved out in 2011 current, cool music up and left. So be it.

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  12. I should add to my way earlier comment: my house is for the most part hand-me-down furniture that is mostly antique. They look good, function well, and I don’t give a rat’s a$$ that they aren’t GRAY and SIMPLE. They suit me, my house and my life and if anyone turns up their nose at me not being “on trend”, they can simply not visit. Life is too short. And I ABSOLUTELY adore your house!

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  13. Here’s the way I see it: you have no one to please except yourself. If you love tinsel, then drape it everywhere. So much in my home is traditional because 1) I have a lot of old family junk and 2) it’s comfortable to my eyes. That said, I do love quirky and unexpected and am always on the lookout for something that appeals to that side of me. I rarely, if ever, have anything that follows a fad because I just prefer a more personal type of decor. I always enjoy the things in your home because they are an expression of you, not something you purchased because someone said you should.

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  14. When my husbands parents died, I took the two tier coffee tables that were big in the 60’s and does it ever look out of place but it’s a part of them and history. My house is filled with books and albums and a real stereo and 5 guitars hanging on the wall going up the stairs. No damn grey on grey and no clutter. I have enough clutter to keep me busy de-cluttering until 2022. I have cats that poop places they shouldn’t and throw up, so I don’t entertain much. (Never). Tinsel could be your middle name. Be proud Tinsel Girl! Stand up for your right to have Tinsel and never back down.
    I don’t know who Jon Armstrong is.

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  15. So many great comments – I agree with everyone else & insist you decorate with what you love. I have never had great furniture or decor – it’s always (well…pre-Covid) the question “Go to Europe again?” or – “buy furniture”?. Travel always wins! Every time you share a pic that shows some part of your home I peer at the details and ooh & ahh over your beautiful things!

    And once again you always make me laugh. Always – when your update shows up it’s a little bright spot in my day. I got rid of tinsel years ago when I had 2 cats and one was trailing it from her butt. I now know you are supposed to take them to the vet for that but I oh so slowly pulled it out (which I think she enjoyed, the little slut that she was). I’ve tried to find you on Facebook but had no luck – is it a private account? and by the way I would NEVER criticize you or anyone else on FB. ever. That’s not what it’s for. (Just like I assume your copy-editing self isn’t critiquing my lack of form and poor punctuation as I hammer out this comment!)

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      1. I tried Searching Facebook of June, June Gardens…? Not sure what to look for. Juan? You have so many aliases!

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        1. My real name isn’t June Gardens; I’m on Facebook with my real name, as myself. The group on Facebook is called (Face)book of June and let me know if you can’t find it. I want it to be searchable but people who are on there are having 17 fits about it not being private. I think I might have made it private but searchable. Maybe.

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  16. Google GrandMillennial style or Granny chic. It’s all coming back, you’re cool again already. Who gives a crap what’s in style anyway. All a bunch of BS. Do what you like, no apologies.

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  17. Well, as someone with Agreeable Grey walls, I’ll defend those… my eyes need a place to rest and I use color in other ways. So if it’s okay for June to NOT want grey walls (and I agree with the “her home, her style” sentiment), why is it okay to shit on those of us who do?

    That said — I use HGTV, Instagram, etc., for ideas — not to copy bc I don’t live in those homes and I am not getting paid to constantly paint or redecorate my home with free furniture. But… for ideas. I have yet to see someone who lives in a 1973 suburban development home like mine, so the style and colors don’t translate. I like what I’ve seen of June’s home bc furniture, colors, etc., are her style and coordinate with the age and style of the home as well.

    Could be I am just crabby and defensive today. Scroll on….

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  18. The reaction to some of the FB people regarding your chrissie decorations made me angry! Honestly who the fuck are they?? The tinsel police?? I am finally at the stage in my life where I really don’t give a fuck about other people’s opinions about me or my choices. If you want to tinsel then you tinsel as much as you like. I actually love the way you have decorated your house including decorating for the holidays. Carry on!

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  19. I agree with all of the sensible commenters before me. I love your style and if it makes you happy, fuck them right in the pooper if they don’t agree! And the vanity! Oh my. I’ve been looking for a vanity for the longest time. I don’t think that you should get rid of that baby. It’s beautiful. I did fall victim to the great grey takeover for a bit. Then I went crazy and colored my bedroom up real nice. It’s green curtains and purple bedcovers for this gal!
    Keep being you. Also, I love how you’re still able to find stuff to not blog about. I appreciate the breaks that I get from my daily stupid life while reading it.

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  20. I love what you’ve shared about your home, it’s so you, and looks so inviting. We moved from AZ to TX and I decorated here just like in AZ. I’d love to tell you my home is “Southwestern,” but a better description is Cowboys & Indians (Calltlemen and Native American?) It’s a bit eclectic and very reflective of the husband and me. In other words, home. Also, too, I have wanted a vanity my entire adult life, I just don’t have a place for one in this house. My point? You do you and forget everyone else. YOU are why we follow you. I agree with your Mom, if it’s not too late, go dig the tinsel out of the garbage. Lovely post, lovely June.

    CommandoBarbie

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  21. Granny chic and cottage core are actually on trend. You are also on trend environmentally by using older pieces. I think your house is definitely Iris Apfel, with the vibrant colors and quirky accessories. It’s all about the spin baby.

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  22. Your house is awesome. And people who buy antiques spend a lot on vanities. If fashion means everything comes from IKEA and looks like a room at a Holiday Inn Express, then fashion is wrong.

    Keep your stuff. It’s all lovely.

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  23. Nothing is more boring than a boring home. Love what you love. It will be awesome. And you will love it. The end.

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  24. Before storming to the comment box to express my indignation towards those who would dare tell you how to adorn your living space, I read through the earlier comments. Good job everyone! June, pay heed to all they have said. You are you. You are unique, and you are loved. You are learning about who you are and what makes you happy. That is why you aren’t as interested in fashionable magazines. Because they attempt to get readers to act like lemmings and be willing to be led blindly. In this way the magazines can continue to be relevant. However you are now at the point where you know better what YOU like. Don’t ever get rid of your tinsel! (Unless the time actually comes that you don’t love it anymore.) you be you!

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  25. I have never understood the thought process “I like X. Wait, no one else likes X? Then I don’t like it” If you like tinsel, then hang tinsel.

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  26. I have a “uniform”. Really nice jeans* and a cute boho-type top with sandals for summer. Something velour or velvet with the really nice jeans in the winter and boots. And a good handbag. BOOM. Done. And I look fine, get the occasional compliment (not that I expect one ever), it’s easy to dress every day and it eliminates unnecessary shopping. I’ll be 60 this year and I’m glad I finally found what works for me, and really? Other people are so concerned with how they themselves look, that they aren’t worried about how I look. Life is too short to follow the crowd.
    P.S. I loved all of your Christmas decorations. And I adore ALL of your pets! You have the BEST collection of animals.
    *I have more than one pair of nice jeans.

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  27. I am not Ma Walton, I have called out “tired”. I can’t work tired, I need my brain, if I haven’t slept, I’m calling out, don’t care about the potatoes.
    I love your house, it’s so charming and lovely, don’t change a thing.

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  28. You have great style!!! I love your home, as it’s very personal, as it should be. I firmly believe we should live with what we love and feel comfortable with, not some goofy trend. Love your cottage/flea market/vintage look. It’s mine as well. Also, when you live alone you get to do whatever you want!

    You are just not Ikea/West Elm, etc.

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  29. I have both a vanity and tinsel.

    I also have been living in hoodies and sweatpants since March. Well, except for over the summer when it was oversized T-shirts and sweat shorts.

    So. Whatever. I’m going to keep doing what I like and what is comfortable and really not worry about fashion. They can judge me all they want when I’m dead and leave my old lady house behind. Hoo care.

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  30. Do you know who can sit on it? It’s that shiplap lovin’ Gaines woman who paints everything white and then looks so pleased with herself. So original there, you twit. Life is short, did out the tinsel.

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    1. I agree 2000%. My late husband was a fan. I don’t think I’ve watched them since he died. I saw a commercial for a cooking show she will have. Oh hell no! I can’t stand her and she’s so mean to her cute husband. What is up with the nicest guys ending up with the bitches?

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    2. Your comment killed me. ‘Shiplap lovin’ Gaines woman.’ Yes, that woman and her painting of woodwork. I have wood stained hardwood interior doors and matching trim and sometimes I look at it and wonder if I’m officially an old lady. The guy we ordered our doors from comes back now and then to do something else and when I told him this he almost slapped me – “Don’t you ever paint your beautiful wood doors.”

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  31. Fuck everyone else with their opinions on what is or isn’t “in”.
    Tinsel all the way.
    I love your home. I love mine too because everything in it makes ME happy. It’s filled with old quirky stuff and some furniture rescued from destination dump, stripped and painted.
    I refinished my banged up vintage bedroom suite this summer and I love how it looks, especially the vanity.
    I also love your fashion choices because they suit you, not a starving waif hipsterette.

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  32. Good news! Tinsel is still available, I bought some last year. I have two small trees I decorate in addition to my big one. Last year I covered it in blue glass bulbs and tons of tinsel. Every time the central unit came on, the tinsel waved happily to everything else in the room. Magical!
    As to your vanity, I love it. My Grandmother’s got away in an auction and I have been sad about it forever. My home is eclectic like my life. If you don’t live here, you have no say so in the decor.
    Your home is lovely, comfortable and you. Your furniture is really wood and not pretend and toss away in a few years, when the particular board pieces divorce each other!

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    1. If you could pick the pretend wood furniture up to toss it. It weighs like concrete. Use the older pretty pieces you enjoy.
      “tinsel waved happily to everything else in the room. Magical!”….love that line.

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  33. I’m sad that you threw away the tinsel. The whole “In style” thing is a marketing ploy to get you to buy shit you don’t need. I’ve never been “In style” with my house or clothes. I just buy what I like and hoo care. Also, I love your house and would move in in a heartbeat.

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  34. I don’t think having vintage pieces makes it an old lady house at all. The “woods and whites” people can sit on a hot nail for all I care.
    Your amazing upholstered coffee table and office chair alone are super trendy, but you like them, which is why they are there.
    There are “influencers” in social media and then there are real people. I have one whole wall of my living room covered with generations of family pictures, including my kids at all ages. I wouldn’t call it a gallery wall because that indicates things are evenly apart, or frames are all the same color, or what have you. It’s our house, this is our spot, we make it like we want it.

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  35. I love tinsel, but gave it up so the cats wouldn’t eat it and have a surgical emergency. That makes me sad because tinsel is lovely. I have my great grandmother’s vanity and I love it. Who cares what people think? Isn’t that one of the best things about growing older?

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  36. I too was aboard the sleepless train last night, up and down and then finally deep sleep and my alarm rattled me from a great dream, so frustrating. Back to the work grind today and I’ll be a zombie the rest of the day, planning to nap like a 3 year old after lunch. Tinsel!! Dig it out of the trash and keep doing what makes you happy! Most of my Christmas decor is 20-30 years old and I absolutely love it, it’s what I look forward to about the holidays, seeing all my memories tied into the decorations that have been collected or handed down over the years and there’s lots of tinsel in there. I’m with everyone else, screw what is “fashionable” and do what makes you happy. These Ikea grey on gray on Grey trends will be gone in another cycle or two and you’ll still have your lovely 100+ year old vanity storing your sock, happy as a clam. Cheers to all our eclectic, colorful, vintage, Walton’esque homes that make us happy.

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  37. So I live in an old old house with the baseboards one foot high leaded glass windows and lots of character which in the neighbourhood the houses are decorated in a very tasteful style but not mine I like colour lots and lots of colour every single room is a different paint colour orange, lime green, purple, teal basically a clown threw up in here and I love it a beige walled house would make me sad and yet the comments about the colours well you don’t live here so in my mind I hex them and their beige walls. Also my hand me down furniture nothing matches because how could it when it has all been given to me however my cats managed to get inside my chair and scratch from the inside so learning on how to repair the chaise chair is my learn something new this week.

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    1. You are my people. My middle child, now 23, told me once when she was in high school that all her friends homes were matchy-matchy – all the furniture matched, the drapes matched the furniture. I just said “then we are cooler than them, aren’t we?”

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    2. Are you close to Southern Indiana HelloMulligan. I have a flowered chaise lounge that I decided wasn’t me. Cheap. Very good shape.

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  38. I love your Christmas decor. I enjoy that it’s not like all the home Instagram accounts where it’s all about neutrals & texture…they are all the same and boring.
    Personally, I love glitter at Christmas, the more the better! I’d do tinsel but my cats are assholes.

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  39. I love your style. There are more than enough quirky elements so it doesn’t look frozen in time. Add a few more naughty cross stitches and people with think you’re hip.

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  40. Firl. FIRL. Why do you care if someone doesn’t like thems the tinsel? Who is to say their opinion trumps yours? Why aren’t they following your lead?? Tinsel is glorious! And sparkly and pretty! And it makes you happy, so that’s reason enough to have it, regardless of whether anyone else does.

    I have loved both the houses you’ve had in the time I’ve known you. Your house, fmr., felt happy and soothing as soon as you walked in. Didn’t Coco Chanel or some other fashion maven say something about how true style is knowing what suits you and what makes you feel good? If not, someone should say that.

    You’re fabulous. Anyone who thinks you should conform to their opinion of style or fashion should go suck a damp ham.

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  41. I didn’t have tinsel this year, because I didn’t decorate because somehow Christmas snuck up on me (who knew if fell in March during 2020?). But tinsel is an integral part of Christmas in a home (as opposed to how it’s displayed in a hotel lobby)! I find that only really insecure people say things like, “nobody does blahblahblah anymore.” Clearly, someone does, since you’re looking at a photo of it, and it’s likely you don’t know everyone. Or even many people, I guess, if you think tinsel is passe!

    Also, I love my vanities (my childhood one is in my daughter’s room and my grandmother’s is in my room). They’re handy places to put on makeup, if that’s your jam.

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  42. Welcome to my sleep pattern. It’s awful. I get it. I’ve never had fashion. No you didn’t throw the tinsel away. My house? It’s stuck in the 18th century. I have very
    traditional things, I have lots of color even though my walls are all white. I have friends that call my home The History House, but this is what I want, it’s comfortable and cozy.
    Your house is beautiful! I love the house (I love old homes), the furnishings and your accessories. It’s so cozy and inviting (I sound like I’ve actually been to you home). Keep it the way you want it, who care! I hate all that disposable Ikea junk. Plus you have cats that make a house a home.
    Tee

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  43. OH MY GOSH. I have got to just skip down here before I finish reading and start writing a comment. Because as I walk in my neighbourhood lots of people are turning their old Queen Mary houses into dental offices. Clean. Sterile. Bereft of character. I hate it. I want to be happy-go-lucky and say “whatever makes someone happy” but really…I’m sorry. I HATE the sterile white and grey, linear decoration people are going for. I will take some pictures when I’m out next to show what I mean. Because this does annoy me. Also, I dislike the blank Ikea home.

    I say, forget it! Forget about staying “hip”. Enjoy what you enjoy. (Which does sort of clash with what I said above). As they always say things do come around back in fashion.

    Also, sorry people were not kind about their critiques. It can show, well, immaturity and a non-open mind by immediately saying “Nobody does X anymore!”

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  44. Your houses are always inviting and charming. Go dig that tinsel out of the trash. Your vanity is almost 100 years old. I have seen a similar one on a commercial recently, in the bedroom of a very hip person. No need to get permission from other people about what pleases you. You have really always been a trendsetter.

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    1. Good morning! That such a sweet comment – you’re a nice Momma to June. I agree- she is a trend setter. I love the photos of her house and stuff (and pets).

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  45. I hate that you threw away your tinsel and hope you can find more next year because you love it and your home should be full of what gives you joy. That’s why you have Edsel and the Pussycats. Ef fashion as it comes and goes. Keep the vanity and all that you adore.

    Now excuse me as I go peel more potatoes.

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  46. The ONLY reason that I don’t use tinsel is because one year my cat ate a strand of tinsel and then ran around the house with the long string of tinsel hanging out of his butt with a turd attached to the end. He was absolutely terrified, as was I! I love tinsel. When I look at my pictures of my childhood Christmas tree, it is heavily adorned with tinsel and I miss it!

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  47. Oh how I hate the fashionable blank square empty look!
    I want my home to feel cozy, who cares if it’s not in style.
    I love your house and your furniture!

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  48. What ? I like your stuff. I won’t say anything cliche like… you do you. I hate that line. But I like your stuff is not cliché (say cliche again) it’s expressive and whimsy free.

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  49. I, too, like your furnishings. There’s nothing wrong with tinsel. Give it three more years and it will be everywhere again, but not the good kind. We will have the newfangled kind that doesn’t look as good. Or! The good kind will be sold but only for $250K at Neiman Marcus or something. Someone will have “curated it” and they will make frillions of dollars.

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  50. I have never seen a single episode of The Waltons, though I do get the “Goodnight John Boy” reference.

    Your home should be how YOU want it. Who cares what hipsters in Brooklyn are doing? Sooner or later they are going to realize IT’S STILL FUCKING BROOKLYN. Someone go tell Jon Armstrong. I’ll wait.

    My entire home is matchy matchy and beige. It is not in style but it is me.

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  51. I love your place!! It’s cozy and funky and full of personality and inviting!! To hell with what others think and what doesn’t make you happy.
    Besides, everything comes around in fashion with time. You’re just a trendsetter and people just have to catch up.

    I used to have my great grandmothers vanity and 4 moves ago, I gave it to my niece but I think they are beautiful pieces to have!!

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      1. JOON, I love your decorating style. It is very uniquely you. I am sick to death of IKEA and grey on gray on Grey. You are not afraid of color and your choices are soothing and inviting. Feck what others like or want! You have the advantage of decorating for yourself alone. I have a petite desk and wall mirror which I use as a vanity and I love them. I wish I could have a vanity as lovely as yours. Eclectic homes have charm and yours is lovely too. Tinsel is the bomb. I know a few people that love it and use it. It’s retro wonderful!

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  52. !. It’s your house, have what you like in it.
    2. “Vintage” is a thing; you’re not passe, you’re into vintage
    3. All those blank, grey houses are so boring!

    Happy New Year Joooooon – lovely piece.

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