Tuesday, April 1, 2008

A Cruel Joak

I like to watch TV shows about keeping house. Home renovations. Buying and selling homes. HGTV and TLC have some great ones. House Hunters, Moving Up, and Flip This House are a few of my faves.
I was beyond bummed to learn this week, by watching some HGTV show about prepping a house for sale, that oak is out.

Considering that every piece of trim, every cabinet, every cupboard, door, and drawer in our home are ALL oak. We've even got some built-ins, a mantle, and a few beams to match.

Huh.

Guess we'll have to stay here until it's back in again.

9 comments:

Mama said...

Those shows also never have a box of kleenex, a trash can in the bathroom, a magazine rack or a toy in sight. What about man's best friend, the recliner? Cabinets without doors or open shelves in a kitchen??? Who wants to wash the grease off all of those unprotected items? Not me! Love what YOU love. They are just coastal shows, mostly unreal. Wood is a part of nature......you'll feel closer to God when you're near it. Be OM.

LoriAnn said...

Oak is out because "they" say it is - just like they say straight hair is in or big curls are the thing. THEY don't know us - we know us. I seriously doubt I would go into your house in the Big O and say, "Gee honey, I love, love, love this house, but it has oak." Yep, be OM.

Omaha Mama said...

The real estate agent was in Santa Fe and telling her client that the could NOT sell their home until they get rid of the oak. I believe she said something like, "What is with all of this oak?!" If it were my home, I probably would have had to ask her to leave. I agree that "they" don't know ME, but I still fear the trend making it to the Midwest (as many coastal trends do...three years later) because changing the oak in our house would mean a total overhaul. Not gonna happen!

Twinny said...

So what kind of wood was in? Could someone just restain a different color? Maybe just paint all the trim and cabinets?

nikkis30by30 said...

Forget the paint. Forget the stain. Keep it all the way it is.... unless of course you want to paint the walls a different color or something like that that you do anyway. The wood in your home is awesome. It's homey. I love your house just the way it is, and agree with Mama that those shows are just that: SHOWS. No toys, no kleenex, no ceiling fans, etc. Forget it. Plus.... how much of it is for dramatic effect? And... how much money did they spend to change it all? I'd bet the show paid for most of it.

Mimi said...

Oh dear. My parents just redid their whole house in floor to ceiling oak. My new house is full of oak, but it's a good hundred years old, so it's definitely paid for itself.

Some of those shows are insufferable: it's best to consider them as entertainment having very little to do with how real people actually live (right?? right????)

Beck said...

I think that the shades of wood that are fashionable go rapidly in and out of fashion - but wood itself is always a lovely thing in a house. I wouldn't worry.

Midwest Beach Girl said...

Santa Fe eh? Don't they paint everything pink and turquois, too?

Alpha DogMa said...

I overdosed on decorating shows a few years ago (though I do love the Sell This House type) because they are so hugely impractical. My big beef: they ignore the abiding principle that every mere mortal uses when deciding where to place their furniture: the placement of cable/satellite coaxial cable. Yeah, the energy maybe more balance in my house if the tv is placed on the wall opposite the fireplace, BUT I don't want a twenty foot long wire snaking around the periphery of my living room.

And I'm sure your oak is fine. Ditto what Midwest Beach Girl said.