I think the debate that the book and the phenomenon Undecorate have created is very interesting. Some, including myself, find the free, creative and personal no-rules-approach very liberating. Breaking ‘rules’ about how the perfect home should look like is pure pleasure. To play with colour, scale, proportion, texture, etc and find something creative, lively and personal come out of it. To be insipred by imperfection.
Just like trends that come and go, ‘no-rule-decorating’ is innovative in itself; it pushes boundaries and help develop new paths. Heartfelt creative decor gives new inspiration, with its wide range of examples – it has a wide wingspan and it is inclusive of diversity. To decorate with your heart. Who can say professional polish matters more than personal expression, in a home. To think freely is always greater.
Others, view Undecorate as a polar opposite to pretty and well-done interiors. Interior decorating is not ’anything goes’. Ugly is still ugly, cluttered is still cluttered and missmatching is missmatching, no matter what new label is put on it. Pretty and well-done (by the book) is highly valued and cherished: it never goes out of style. Interior decorating may not be rocket science but it surely requires some skills, professional rather than personal.
I would like to see the undecorating-idea taken one step further. Don’t ”decorate”, likewise don’t ”undecorate” – use your own decor philosophy!; whether it’s decorating like your grandma, to go with your love for polka dots, creating a circus theme in your house, have your kitchen public toilet style or to be guided by a professional’s step-by-step instructions. Whatever makes You happy. We don’t all need to love each other’s home decor...do we?
Anyhow, I just wanted – with this lovely photo from the book – to highlight that the author of Undecorate, Christiane Lemieux, (also) loves a good debate and she wants people to join in on Twitter for a #Undecorate tweet-chat. That’s on Wednesday, April 20 at 2 pm eastern (that would be 20:00 my Swedish time/CEST). Happy wknd!
Update: And take a look at The Undecorate Tumblr – with masses of creative, quirky and rule-free decor inspiration!