When it’s time for new drapes, don’t argue

This past week the Betterhalf moved me into the interior business when she announced she was going to get new drapes for our living room windows. Naturally I never noticed we needed new drapes. Our livingroom is mostly used only when we host visitors and I don’t recall any of them saying, “Boy, do your drapes look bad!”
The Betterhalf adamantly differed with my opinion and questioned my eyesight as well. “You realize the drapes have been hanging there for nearly 30 years.” She continued by pointing out the draw cords were broken; the curtains were faded; and the sheers had been removed years previous.
It was pretty obvious I was going to be on the losing side. I didn’t ask what new drapery would cost. However, I found that question was incidental . . . new drapery is on the way and don’t ask any more questions.
Because the drapery debate made me somewhat more style conscious, I picked up a daily newspaper and the Homes Section caught my eye with the headline, “Swing into ‘jungalow’ style” and had tips to add a natural touch to indoor space. Immediately I recognized our home’s interior style was way ahead of this new style that combined the words “jungle” with “bungalow.” For many years green plants, other greens and even a couple of small exotic trees have occupied spaces in the various room corners or under windows throughout our home. And just like the drapes, some of those plant ages can match or exceed our drapery age.
I noticed in that newspaper article and in our home conversation with the Betterhalf as well, there was no mention of outdated plants. But, after considerable thought (and closer eyesight) the plant jungle was brighter than the faded and worn drapes. That could be because for the past 30-plus summers we have moved all that “jungalow” from the interior of our bungalow to the outside on our sunny front porch. And in all those years I don’t recall any visitor saying, “Boy, your greenery looks bad!”
The only downside of this “jungalow” styling concept is the confusion too many indoor plants and small trees can be to a housebroken dog. Thank goodness, our dog “Missy” is pretty smart.
When you are young, you do a lot of wishful thinking; but after the years have piled on, you do a lot of thoughtful wishing.
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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