Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Decorating Tip, Courtesy of Office Depot

I don't know about you, but for me trying to re-decorate a room is an agonizing process. First there's trying to decide what color to paint it, and then what type of art to hang on the walls. And should all the walls be painted one color? How about some sort of nauseating checkerboard pattern? Or maybe I'll get all Martha Stewart and make everything the colors of springtime flowers that I've gathered at my house in Maine and then paint the ceiling a pleasing rose, the same color of the blush on my neighbor's granddaughter's cheeks.

Problem is I don't live in Maine, and my neighbor's granddaughter's cheeks are always smeared with a combination of YooHoo and grape jelly. So five months later the walls are still dirty white, and there's a poster of kittens stapled to the wall and a couple of Doonesbury cartoons taped to the light switch. I've picked up some paint swatches but those have gotten smooshed between a stack of Oprah magazines and a month-old sandwich. When people come to visit, I tell them we're "in the process of redecorating" but that only lasts for so long and pretty soon they're rolling their eyes and saying things like, "Oh right - redecorating" while using those obnoxious air quotes that make you want to punch them.

Then I came across this and was instantly inspired. This guy decorated his entire basement room with $10 worth of Sharpies. Who knew that the answer to my decorating dilemma could be found in the office supply store? I'm ditching Home Depot for Office Depot, where I can pick up my box of markers and shop for post-its and printer cartridges while I'm at it.

Like all good things, I'm sure the whole decorating-with-office-supplies thing will soon become the latest fad and be horribly commercialized. It won't be long before Martha comes out with her own line of room decorating markers complete with matching tableware and pillow shams, and expect to see an entire episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition where they surprise a family of 29 with a new home built entirely of push pins and manila envelopes.

You can see an amazing, 360° view of the room here.

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12 comments:

  1. That is so cool. I can't really decorate because my husband has put a fish or aquatic theme in almost every room.

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  2. I realized the other day that our kitchen and den are the color of a pair of khaki Dockers. I am SO beige. I may go wild with a pack of hot pink Sharpies after seeing this room.

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  3. Great idea! But to whom may I bill all my hours of drawing?

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  4. When my parents were first married, they had very little money, and my father decorated the house by painting scenes of NYC on all the walls. I wasn't born yet, but I've seen the pictures, and it looked pretty cool.

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  5. NorCal Sistah11/19/2008 10:03 AM

    So easy for you "creative" and "talented" types to say. Since I even have trouble drawing a straight line -- I would not only have to buy the Sharpies but also hire an artist to do the drawing. I better just stick to the tedious process of picking a paint color and do the job myself (even if it does take me 2-years to complete the job).

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  6. I don't think anyone would want to see a room I decorated with my Sharpie collection. Eyeballs tap dancing on palms of hands are pretty much my repetoire as of late.

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  7. That is way cool. I don't have any magic markers or sharpies though. I may have to decorate my house ('under renovation' for 8 years now) with post it notes.

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  8. Wait - you have a poster with kittens on it that have been stapled to the wall? Yuch.

    I really like the trash can, in the one corner, that has R2-D2 drawn on it. Nice touch.

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  9. That's cool. I can barely color let alone paint.

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  10. Great decorating ideas. I love it.

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  11. oh my good I LOVE your ideas are so lovely, and I ALSO HOPE THAT the whole decorating-with-office-supplies come soon, thanks for sharing this with us.

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