Distract Yourself With This.

I’m having a hard time this morning. A lot of us are. Writing a blog post about frivolous stuff seems silly and so wasteful to me right now.  But I know that is what I must do. Move forward and do what I do best. Keep my head up and believe that something good will come of all this desperation and discord our nation is suffering through.  I am trying to focus on remaining hopeful that these massive changes will spur growth for us as a people and a country and not damage the work we have done thus far to be one of the greatest countries in the world.

But this I will say. I have a voice. I am a woman of strong opinion and conviction. I am not afraid to share it here or anywhere else.  I may be a design blogger and purveyor of pretty things, but I am not a robot or a giant company who cannot share preferences or beliefs.  If that bothers you, I kindly invite you to find another blogger who suits your sensibilities better because I will keep talking, discussing, arguing and sharing.  For this, I will not apologize and I will not change. Thank you for listening and keeping this space one of tolerance and open-mindedness.  I wish peace and kindness for all of you, no matter what you believe in.

– EG


(a very nice faux fig tree from NDI)

And speaking of opinions, I’ve had VERY strong ones about the use of fake flowers and plants in decor for a very long time. Those opinions skewed hard towards the “ewwww, so tacky” viewpoint (and still do when it comes to silk/fake flowers- not my bag, baby!)  But then I got a Fiddle Leaf Fig tree and promptly killed it. So I bought another one, and studied up on how to take care of it. Aaaaaans cut to it dying almost instantaneously. I bought another. And another. I loved how it looked and so even though my space CLEARLY is not suited for keeping one alive, I kept trying.

And then I buckled. And committed a designer sin. I bought a fake one.

And you know what, it’s not terrible.  The fiddle leaf fig kind of looks fake anyways, so while I know it’s fake, others may not.  And now more than ever, we have amazing choices out there if you, like me, are the equivalent of human Clorox to plants!  Prices range drastically- and usually the more you spend, the more realistic they look.  But some of the more affordable options are looking pretty darn good these days….


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I have found myself also dipping my toe into the “it’s okay to buy faux branches, topiaries and succulents” pool as well.  Succulents especially look fake even when real, so it’s not visually offensive to pop one in a dark powder room or basement to add some greenery!  And preserved greenery, like boxwood and moss, are wonderful ways to add a little life to your space with zero maintenance, because let’s face it #aintnobodygottimeforthat.


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Jury’s still out on fake Christmas trees…. :)




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  1. Yes! Keep using that voice! Bullies want us to be polite, apologetic and self-effacing. (Insert all the bad words.) That’s how they win.
    I definitely needed some pretty to stop the tears, so thanks for putting one foot in front of the other.

    1. I totally agree. Bullies do want to call us names when we don’t agree with them, espouse tolerance except when we have different views on government, religious liberty, and the security of our country. I don’t “hate” anyone but have been called vile names by the loser of this election. While I don’t like Trump as a person, I personally think what happened on Nov. 8th was long overdue and I look forward to a bright future for America.

  2. I wanted to thank you Erin. I don’t subscribe to many blogs anymore, but I really look forward to reading yours. You provide so much information and share your knowledge and amazing style so freely. I happily bought your book and look forward to the next one!

    Although I live in Australia, I am an american by birth, and I was really saddened to read some of the comments that you received after ‘The Vote Post’. Good on you for saying what you think.

    Please don’t stop doing what you’re doing! You have a great sense of humour and I love seeing the family shots as well. You have lots of support!

  3. Thank you Erin for your courage and honesty to speak out, its been a gutting election for me too. I am comforted to see so many other like-minded people here responding to your blog. I always remind myself that good conquers evil – every time! We must have Faith, swallow back the fear and push on. God bless you.

  4. Dear Erin, I am not American and I do not live in the USA. I would like to thank you for your words and for your honest speaking. I agree with you and I think all of us are involved in these changes. I appreciate a lot people who declare their ideas. claudiag

  5. Erin, I can tell that our politics are not the same, but thank you for creating such a respectful space. Love what you do.

  6. I also wanted to thank you for your post. I appreciate your honesty and agree with your words.
    It is tough times but we have to push through. We must be the change we wish to see in the world :)
    With love & hope, Heather [York, Maine]

  7. Go on with your bad self. Your courage to stand behind your beliefs gives me the courage to do the same. Thank you for that.

  8. I am a long time reader and fan who LOVES you and your blog. My heart breaks for you and the pain and fear that I know you are trying to come to terms with. I know what you are feeling, because it was what I was feeling when thinking that H.C. would be the next president. With ALL respect to you, I felt forced to vote for Trump as the lesser of the two evils ( there were many voters that felt this way). the conversation that I want to see every one having is, WHAT IS WRONG WITH OUR COUNTRY THAT WE GOT HERE IN THE FIRST PLACE? There were far better people running for president during the primary on BOTH sides of the aisle, and yet in the end, the choice had to boil down to trump and clinton? I am depressed because I am worried for our country that it would hold up people like this to our children and the world as role models. Please know that I did NOT rejoice when trump won, I only felt sad that , in a country as great as ours , with as many great people in it( like you!) so many were forced to choose between two people that they did not trust. That said, it also worries me to see the attitude that whoever voted for trump did it for some dark, scary reason – Not true unless love for your country is a dark scary reason. This whole race has been so degrading to our country . While it’s important to keep an open mind about our president elect , let’s focus on what unites us – our love for America and all her people no matter WHAT they believe. I sincerely hope that this opens up a conversation about what got us here in the first place, and how to avoid it in the future. I say this not as a democrat or republican but as an american. Keep fighting but also keep an open mind to those you disagree with. Thank you Erin.

  9. I commend your resolve to stand up for your beliefs regardless of any potential backlash you may receive! I, too, was so deeply saddened and disturbed by the results of this election. For too long many of us have kept quiet so as not to cause conflict or potentially offend. I take solace in knowing that one positive outcome of this election is that so many strong women have found their voice and will not be silenced, now or moving forward. I, personally, have vowed to stand up for my core beliefs of tolerance, equality and humanity, no matter how uncomfortable and regardless of the cost. Keep doing you!

  10. You are a class act for having an opinion and having the conviction to express it in the way you do. Loved your blog anyway, love it more now .

  11. The whole world watched this election like no other. I think the US lost a lot of respect amongst many nations. The heads of state were gracious, as they should be but wait with baited breathe to see what comes next. Uncertain times, my friend.

  12. Just like the unkillable fiddle-leaf fig, nothing’s gonna get you down! I don’t know if that comparison has already been made, but you ARE unkillable! I admire and respect you for being true to yourself. What’s the point of having a blog if you aren’t free to write what you want? Keep being awesome, lady!

  13. As you so perfectly wrote-“I am a woman of strong opinion and conviction. I am not afraid to share it here or anywhere else.” YES! This is what we need more of. BRAVO to you! This moment in history is horrific for me, and for my three daughters, who don’t understand how a man that says “grab her by the pussy” is in the White House.

    1. Exactly. Years ago when I began my first summer job after high school before attending college I was pushed up against the wall by a 30+-year-old coworker who held my hands down and tried to kiss me. I was working for a large oil company located downtown Tulsa. It was the summer of 1973 and I was not yet 18 years old. It was my first day on the job. When I went to my supervisor he was very sympathetic but didn’t take me to Human Resources.. I withdrew… thinking I’d done something to provoke the attack. I can remember putting cute clothes back on the rack when shopping because they were too cute or too pretty. Subconsciously I guess I thought because no one at work took action that I’d done something wrong… and the only thing I could think of was that something about me had given that guy the idea that what he did was okay. I spent years trying to be less….

      The reason I tell this story is that all the women who’ve had such experiences know exactly what just happened on Tuesday. The country told us we are not worthy… we’re overstating the harassment… they don’t believe us… or they just don’t care.

      And then there are the comments about Muslim Americans, Mexicans Americans, military families, African Americans, numerous women, anyone who disagrees with him, etc.

      My candidate has not always won in each of the elections throughout my life. That’s how elections go…. but after each disappointment I never ever said that the candidate elect was not my President. But Trump? Trump is not my President. He can’t be. He’s the guy who pushed me up against the wall. He’s every guy who pushes people up against the wall.

      “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
      Because I was not a Socialist.

      Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
      Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

      Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
      Because I was not a Jew.

      Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

  14. Oh. My. Word! What are people getting so hysterical about? What are people protesting? Oh, I know, they’re protesting other peoples votes! They’re protesting a FAIR election! So let me see if I understand, some folks believe in a democracy, but only of their candidate wins???

    Give the man a chance! I know I had to for the past eight years, a man who has amassed so much debt for our country, more than every President before him COMBINED! Let him strengthen our military again, bring jobs back to the USA, and protect our borders. So you’d rather have a criminal running our country? Look in to the shady dealings of the Clinton Foundation. If the Clintons did nothing wrong, why did the White House announce yesterday that they are looking into the possibility that Obama will pardon Hilary before he leaves office, so that Trump doesn’t prosecute her after he takes office!

    1. People are” hysterical “(your word)because of the racism and hate that was blatantly spoken and promoted in the election by our next President.

  15. I am a longtime reader, first time commenting.

    Thank you for speaking out. Thank you for letting your voice be heard. Thank you for not apologizing for it.


    An African American Southern Belle (researching a possible move to Canada)

      1. Karen: She wasn’t even personally addressing this at you. In your comment you state people are getting “Hysterical” but you post this unprovoked, ugly attack. Maybe you typed it in a moment of anger. But ironically you’re embodying the type of behavior you’re trying to speak out against.

      2. Holy shit, Karen. That right there, that complete lack of empathy or sensitivity, is exactly why people are scared. You may not have liked Obama or his policies, but he was not in any form a racist, misogynist, sexist, xenophobe….you see where I’m going with this? No one is outraged or terrified by, or protesting the outcome of a fair election. We’re “hysterical”, as you say, about a person who galvanized a segment of our population that IS racist, homophobic, xenophobic, sexist – and is now slated to sit in those hallowed halls as their leader. You yourself may not be those things, and you may have voted for him for very different reasons, but by doing so you chose to just ignore a growing segment of the population that experiences hatred and prejudice every day. For those that voted for him because they’re afraid of losing their job, or truly struggle to feed their families or pay for healthcare – I feel for them and I hope he can make that better. I struggled with those things for a time, but I NEVER would’ve chosen that man at the cost of so many of my fellow Americans under any personal circumstances. I pray for us all.

  16. As someone whose husband is allergic to pretty much everything green, everything green in my home is fake (silk flowers, synthetic Christmas tree). I love flowers, and I wouldn’t be able to have them in my home without a synthetic substitute. I’m proud to say that most of the silk flowers are of good enough quality that you have to touch them to know that they’re fake. And while you can easily tell that our tabletop tree is fake, until such time as we host Christmas, I don’t feel the need to get a nicer fake tree (or torture my husband with a real one).

  17. I love real Christmas trees because I love picking out my tree but if I lived in the city I probably would have a fake one. We have an awesome Christmas tree farm out here and they serve free hot chocolate and hot dogs. Its awesome but it can be hard if you don’t have a truck and a chain saw. They are also heavy and messy and you need a way to dispose of them. Love the round up of fake stuff by the way. I have some fake flowers that I put out once and a while. They don’t bother me and I like the pop of color. Plus it saves some green in your wallet, in the long run.

  18. Sweet Jesus. Erin, please consider deleting a few of those comments. (I know people whine about ‘free speech’ in blog comments, but one day they’ll figure out the prohibition on limiting speech applies to government, not private businesses.)

  19. Cheers to you, Erin, for being bold. Also, your insta about feeling like we were slapped on the ass and sent back to the kitchen nailed it. Please feel free to suggest causes we can actively support as we hope for minimal damage during the next four year.

  20. I can relate, but with orchids! Orchids go into a resting season and when they come back either a new bloom stem or a new leaf grows. I have two and one grew a leaf instead so I was thinking of adding a faux orchid stem to match the other plant that is blooming. Feel better about the faux idea after reading this post!

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