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Friday, March 26, 2010

Words on walls = a maiming

LivingEtc.

Dear Everyone on Planet Earth,

Stop it with the goddamn words on your walls. I don't care if they're vinyl decals, old movie marquee letters, or those crappy wooden plaques from TJ Maxx.

DON'T DO IT.

It's not cute, it's not clever. In fact, if I walk into your house and see "hope" or "imagine" or "dream" adorning your living room wall, I gonna put a cap in your ass. Ask Erin, Karly, or Molly - I have killer aim.

Hugs and inappropriate groping,

Raina

P.S. Man who owns the home in the photo above - I dig your cabinets.

32 comments:

ita darling. said...

RIGHT ON. i couldn't agree more. those words are idiotic.

You don't have to put the word EAT on the wall for me to know it's a kitchen. or SLEEP above the bed to tell me what to do there. (CAVEAT- if it said F*CK above the bed, i might have to let it slide for be being brazen and hilarious- but only if it's a good font and not some pottery barn, bullshit anthropology crapola)

much love.

ClarityK (Sarah) said...

Hi Raina - they are teak, reclaimed from a chemistry lab, if I remember right. Pretty cool, huh? Did you see Casa Moxie's words post last week? It was fantabulous (a word I am paint on my living room wall as we speak)

david john said...

damn, and i just cut out a decal for my office wall that says

"BLOG 4EVER!" too much?

:)

Naomi said...

Yea, what She said... especially the groping part.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion- but for me I don't like tattoos and I dont like words on walls.

nicole said...

I dont get why adults ever thought this was cool... the ones that are especially barfy are "dream" & "peace"

I like the "fuck" over a bed idea. I think I would crack up if I saw that!!!

Keri Batchelder Hoffman said...

I'm hitting my "LIKE" button right now.

ticklishfromadistance said...

I needed that.
And I dig the cabinets, too. Good weekend, sweet.
Oh, hell, my word verif was
lhonestu. Swear. You must be speaking the truth.

The Shiny Pebble said...

Not a words on the wall kinda of gal either, BUT I am guilty of using my son's initials over his crib. I think it looked AWESOME if I say so myself. Have a great weekend.

Raina Cox said...

Clarity K - I just checked out Casa Moxie's post - brilliant!

Shelley Trbuhovich said...

hilarious raina! i was only talking about this at work yesterday. at the risk of sounding like a design snob (or wanker, as we say here in oz) i started collecting letters at least 10 years ago, i had these humongous letters across our teensy nyc kitchen saying 'eat' and it looked amazing...10 years ago, it looked amazing! but now my letters have been retired. because i am sick of seeing them every damn place! and i am starting to feel the same way about my precious tram (destination) roll, which is very special to me, but they too are everywhere....oh, what to do?!
ps. i am assuming that the word 'create' is acceptable, as i didn't see that on your list....!

Alicia B. Designs said...

*slow motion dramatic clapping from NYC.* Thanks for that.

My friend was designing her daughter's nursery and she tried to get me to let her put those dim witted decals up on the wall. I made her apologize to me for her horrible idea but I blame in on the pregnancy.

Have a great weekend!

Verandah House said...

Love, love love your blog!!!!

my favorite and my best said...

totes agree.
hate words on walls. esp. ones that are obvious and dumb and even more the ones that tell me to think something. aka dream, imagine, hope.
but i might be interested in one that says poop. or pussy. those words make me laugh..but don't EVER tell me to laugh by putting the word laugh on your wall. i will not laugh. i will punch.

Raina Cox said...

Verandah House - Hello and welcome to this deliciousness!

ModFruGal said...

Aw shit...as much as I hate "inspirational" messages on walls like the dream, hope, love and crap...I'm sadly realizing my SO is making me a wicked loser among a certain set...sigh...can't win them all! I was always a dork though...so it must remain.

Paul Anater said...

When I see them, I know what they're really saying is Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate. When I see that on a goddamn wall I'll applaud.

Raina Cox said...

Paul - Translate please, Dear.

Paul Anater said...

Damn that Liberal Arts education! It's from Dante's Inferno and it's the inscription over the gates of hell. It means "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here."

Raina Cox said...

Paul - Oh, that would be FAB in a lady's boudoir.

Anita Davis said...

thank you for putting so eloquently what i have held in my heart for years.
words on walls (or pillows!) is a big huge hell to the no.

Paul Anater said...

Every time I see something vapid like "Live, Love, Laugh, It's in the home of some half-dead, humorless sociopath. Dante comes to mind every time.

michelle b @ every little thing said...

thats too funny! (just found you thru moth design)

whewph! i guess i can let go of that niggling feeling like i should put a word in my bare wall in the kitchen...problem is i could never feel completely certain i'd like to see the same stupid word every day.

thank you for completely erradicating the silly thought that i ever needed one.

(i have never had a single word on any wall in my house)

love your blog.
new follower alert!

michelle...xoxo

Bromeliad said...

'Hugs and inappropriate groping' would look so pretty in one-foot tall gold Times New Roman

Chic Modern Vintage said...

LMAO. I agree.

nkp said...

Great cabinets, but there's nothing on those walls that I want to EAT. And, by the way, I never need a reminder, subliminal or otherwise, to EAT.

Kate said...

Eat should be in the bedroom.

Designers' Brew said...

I enthusiastically support "FUCK" over the bed. And "POOP" could go over the toilet.

w/v: boathole.

Raina Cox said...

Michelle B - Hello and welcome to this deliciousness!

The Zhush said...

I just had to comment here as well, cause even though I completely agree...Mary Tyler Moore's apartments were a very important part of my young interest in interiors. I will forever love her "M" and her "etc." Ironic that this image comes from Living Etc...no?

Camilla @ Designalogue Blog said...

Oh I KNOW you would love a bedroom project that I am currently working on: The walls were painted black gloss with a poem scrawled above the bed. aw w......puke.
The husband did it.....the wife left him for another (fair enough I reckon!!!)
Now my client lives there & we papered the whole thing up toot sweet!

Marija said...

I think the only thing I dislike more than random words is when I see a monogram on a wall. Seriously lacking creativity. At least the words require you to think up something other than your own initials.

In all instances, I'd prefer wallpaper, a window, a mirror, some framed photographs or a blank wall.

Marija

erin@designcrisis said...

Lordy you've been busy this weekend!

I don't have much to add, but I will confirm that Raina could blow the A out of EAT from across the house.

Wall loving wordsmiths, you have been warned.