Picture it: You're headed for your first visit to a friend's home, wine or tasteful scented candle in hand, filled with anticipation. It's an exciting first for any friendship or relationship—that all-revealing peek inside someone's private life. You buzz the bell, open the door, and step over the threshold to find—they're one of those people. No, not a hoarder, slob, or (God forbid), a minimalist; they're a decorative sign enthusiast.
We've all seen it before: Perfectly good decor overrun with invitations to "G A T H E R," queries of "Is it Wine o' Clock Yet?" and somehow suspicious promises that "Family Is FOREVER."
Look, I'm all for expressing your personal style in the home, but, much like monochrome bookshelves and open plan kitchens, cheesy slogan-emblazoned signs are one home trend to which I can only wonder: why? And that's because, for all their promise of celebrating family, friends, and even Aunt Betty's laughable penchant for an afternoon Chardonnay, they're so deeply impersonal.
So your family gathers here? Then put out some photos of them! Hang some of your kid's artwork; hell, even frame a diploma, instead of relying on a cheap faux-driftwood placard to declare it to your houseguests. You like wine? Might I suggest a tasteful wine rack, or an elegant decanter to proclaim that particular passion?
If it's simply covering the walls you're after, there are plenty of interesting—and affordable!—ways to do that. You don't have to be bidding at Sotheby's to amass a beautiful art collection; shop at flea markets, estate sales, local galleries, or any of the many online options to fill your walls. Frame postcards, coasters, or cut-out magazine pages. Mount a pretty plate on the wall. Just, dear God, anything other than another "Live, Laugh, Love" sign.
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