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The Basic Bitch Décor Starter Pack

Is your décor cliché? Here's what your guests are really thinking when they look around your home.


Just as our college professors once discouraged us from using clichés in our writing, I'm also here to discourage you from using clichés. Unlike your professor though, I'm here to help you flag them in your home décor.

Clichés are phrases that have been used and abused overtime, so much so that they've become meaningless. As defined by Oxford Languages a cliché is, "a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought".

Some of us may be more creative than others, but I'd like to think we're all a little more creative than to settle for cliché décor. You're not THAT lazy, and I know that because you're reading this blog post right now. Unless, of course, you are that lazy and you're really just reading this for the purpose of hating… which is fine too, your number of views still count.

When I refer to cliché décor, I'm talking specifically about a certain kind -- it's the signage around the house… the typography… the words. Anything with words, period. In the décor world, these are the very definition of "basic bitch". You've seen it, I've seen it, we've all seen them, but nobody appreciates them -- and for good reason.

You've seen it, I've seen it, we've all seen them, but nobody appreciates them -- and for good reason.

When buying décor, what really is its purpose? Is it to awe your guests? Is it for our own inspiration? Or is it just a filler?

Whatever the case, no one, not you nor your guests, need to be reminded to "live, laugh…" and "love" throughout the day. Quite frankly, I assure you that we (you included) will continue to do all three just fine without the reminder. If the reason is that it's for self-inspiration, then you may be better off setting that as your lock screen on your phone. After all, your eyes will see that screen the most out of anyone else's.

If your goal is to inspire guests, trust me when I tell you that there are more creative ways to do this. A piece of art work will be far more inspiring than signage telling one to feel inspired. Art forces the mind to think, to imagine, and to wonder. "A picture is worth more than a thousand words" -- oh, the irony.

Personally, even a small dot on a large canvas would cause me to wonder more than letting me know that I should "EAT" in the kitchen and "SLEEP" in the bedroom. So if you do happen to be one of the lazy ones, settle for the dot instead.

I'm feeling cheeky, so let's play some of these out. I guarantee you your guests are probably already doing it, but they're just not telling you. Apologies in advance to those of you who have these in your homes, this isn't personal… just my opinions.

The Insecure One

Now I'm wondering if I should be the one afraid of being in this person's house, because the last thing this sign is, is convincing.

The Loader

This person doesn't want you to leave their house, and wants to make sure you regret leaving. They'll gladly remind you of the baggage you might've forgotten about after having had that whole bottle of wine to yourself. And they'll do so strategically, just as you're on your way out. Perfect exit, am I right? I'm sorry, but I didn't have a load until I saw that sign on my way out. My load is your sign. Your sign is my load.

The Creep

As happy as the world may be for you and your relationship, your guests don't need to know what you guys are doing in the bedroom. Not to mention, the last thing anyone wants to do is envision the two of you spooning upon reading this on your wall. Please, stop.


The Love Obsessed

In case the wedding celebration and rings wasn't enough to show the world that these two belong to each other, they have to remind their guests every time they come for a visit. Apparently, the photo of them in the middle wasn't enough to portray their bond, either.

Ok, I can be done now.


If you happen to have some of these in your home, I apologize for exposing you today. May you sleep a great sleep tonight knowing that a lot of my close friends have these in their homes, and it won't be long before I get some DMs and / or texts.

Lastly, as for alternative suggestions, there are plenty to choose from. Look around your living space and focus on the finishes, metals, textures -- what's missing? If, for example, you have a plenty of wood, and not enough metals or glass, try adding an accent mirror, or an abstract metal wall piece. Think: contrast.

I love checking out Restoration Hardware's online source books for inspiration. I will often find inspo there, and then search the web for a less expensive version. Below are a couple of photos of wall décor that do a lot more for a space than signage. Hope you find them as dreamy as I did... (insert drooling emoji here).




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