Wanna know where I don’t see all these things? In the actual back yards of actual people, or to be more specific, in the back yards of people who don’t have a dedicated groundskeeping and housekeeping staff.
decorating trends that must die, how not to be “dated,” trendy colors of the year, and so on. A recent link on Carol’s real estate page on Facebook brought to my mind another trend that’s been bugging me for quite a while: outdoor living areas. Gee whiz, I sure see a lot of images of these beautifully appointed areas in magazines, on television, and in ads. The Lowe’s and Home Depot stores are filled with outdoor furniture, huge grills, fire pits, outdoor lighting, and such. And the catalogs I get make me want to run out and buy lots and lots of pots of fake plants, statues of dogs, metal wall art, and little twinkling lights.I’ve been known to post the occasional curmudgeonly essay about decorating trends and fads. You may remember the series on