Good design, bad design

gdbdBecause I am full of such joy and mirth, it’s really hard for me to talk bad about anyone or anything. I’m also a pathological liar, so…

Welcome to the next installment of Good Design, Bad Design! This month, I’ll help you avoid decorating with comic sans, and we’ll also talk adorable house plants. 

Let’s start with the bad news, shall we? I’m not sure how to deliver this news– perhaps I should write it on a wall? No, wait. No. Don’t do that. In fact, let’s never write anything on our walls. I’m talking about wall decals, friends. I know you love your family and that your home is a blessing, but it’s not a good style choice to have that written in calibri on your dining room wall. Wall writing is for people who chew their hair and smell like kitty litter. Just don’t.


Ugh, really? Call Dr. Ruth because I think you’re in a sexless marriage.

What I also don’t like about these decals is that it’s blatant sentimental commercialism– kind of like Valentine’s Day. I don’t need you to give me a card written by a corporate shill simply because you can’t think of something of your own to say (unless it’s funny… with a fart joke). Show people who come into your home that you love your family through beautiful and personalized decor, not by scribbling something trite above your fireplace with a $19.99 decal from WalMart. Got it?

Okay, now on to the positivity, which I emit through my unclogged and generous pores–

I love succulents! They are adorable and so easy to take care of, which is important because I’d forget to feed Ms. Nola if she didn’t remind me (through gentle nudges and kisses… ohmygodsheissocute!). Because they are so hearty, you can put succulents pretty much anywhere, and in any pot or vessel you’d like. Including the photo at the top of this post, these are some of my favorite succulent uses:

plant7plant8A. These adorable DIY hand stitched planters will probably be my next craft project. Which, I know. I’m sure they won’t look right, probably a little crooked. But, so what who cares! I’m gonna try.

B. Hey, instead of wall decals, how about these wall terrariums!? I might be a little intimidated to try this as a DIY project, but they are very classy and chic. And I do approve.

C. A mini-greenhouse is an easy and classy way to show off your cute little succulents. This one was made out of picture frames! That’s a craft and a half! Maybe I can just buy one from Amazon?

D. Oh man, I’m a sucker for a hippo. Actually, any animal planter with a succulent is my new favorite thing. Just check out this dinosaur!

Alright, so I hope I wasn’t too harsh on you decal lovers out there, but someone had to say it! I still love you, and hope you can overcome this youthful transgression. In the meantime, let’s all go buy some succulents, and plant the shit out of em’!

  One thought on “Good design, bad design

  1. April 16, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    I completely agree with your thoughts on wall decals! The home is not where the heart stuck on the wall is. And good luck with the hand stitched planters. I look forward to seeing the result!


    • April 16, 2015 at 2:42 pm

      Thanks a bunch! I’m hoping the hand stitched planters don’t end up as a #PinterestFail!


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