I really dig a good joke. I generally get a chuckle when my 7-year old son tells me a knock knock joke (which usually makes zero sense, but that’s not really the point), but give me a smart one-liner and I crack up. I think it’s why my husband and I are so good together – he’s a brainiac who can make nerd jokes that keep me laughing.
Okay, our jokes aren’t always smart.
I go to great lengths to make sure our personalities are reflected in our home. I never go for the adjectives of gorgeous, beautiful or even pretty. Instead, I go for awesome, fun and “Dude!” What gets me to that place is not to take myself – or my decorating – too seriously. When I have a crazy idea, I generally go for it instead of trying to hold myself back. What’s the worst that can happen? I work on something for a few days and then decide I don’t like it? Okay, fine. I’m sure I waste more time than that over the course of a week on Facebook.
My primary means of adding the fun to my decor is through quirk. To me, quirk has the ability to transform a pretty room into a fun room. It gets you thinking outside of the box to do something that generally seems odd. And it always makes you smile.
Some of my favorite bloggers also do quirk, and they do it so well. Nester has an amazing eye (and crazy brain) for quirky finds, and each post of hers gets me thinking, “Dang! She thought of that!!” And then I want to run to the thrift store and see if I can find my own bust to put an eye patch on. In fact, I might avoid working on my taxes and go do that today.
And who can forget her fur chair? I can’t. In fact, I go back and look at it about once a week. I’m a fur chair stalker.
Then there’s Gina. She also gets a “How did she think of that???” response from me. No entry way? No problem. Here’s a ladder for you to hang your coat.
My friend Mandi has a great eye for color. And she really increased my deep desire for a brightly colored carcass-y thing when she revealed her hot pink antlers. Always with the awesome, that one.
Even my friend Melissa, who does go for gorgeous interiors (a term which describes her home to a T), adds in some quirky elements. A collection of framed animal drawings, some of which are wearing suits? Yes, please! Animals wearing suits are always awesome.
Adding quirk into your home ups the ante a bit. You can still go for beautiful AND have a little fun at the same time. Just think of it as a little surprise party in your living room. It’s fun too see which of your guests will be in on the joke.
What quirky elements do you have in your home?