Like AskMeFi, but for decorating dilemmas?
June 9, 2021 9:58 PM   Subscribe

Surely this kind of thing exists, but I have had no luck in finding it. I am really awful at making artful arrangements of things - piles of books, groups of vases, collections of paintings, etc. Some people are just naturally wonderful. Is there a site where I can submit a photo of my terribly-arranged decorations and people can weigh in on how to better arrange them?
posted by sonofsnark to Home & Garden (9 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I'd think ask me is the perfect place for putting a photo up for constructive comment and advice.
posted by unearthed at 11:46 PM on June 9 [5 favorites]

Damn, it seems to be out of print, but this book by Leonard Koren altered my brain forever regarding arranging and arrangments. If you can find a copy it's a wellspring of greatness.

Also, I agree with unearthed, post some photos and I'd be happy to make suggestions. I'm pretty good at 'ranging (as my friend calls it).
posted by zenpop at 6:30 AM on June 10

You're probably doing fine and just critical of your own work, but if you post photos, you'll get suggestions.
posted by theora55 at 6:31 AM on June 10 [1 favorite] is exactly what you want.
posted by Enid Lareg at 10:04 AM on June 10 [2 favorites]

Yeah, Houzz is full of people who will tell you to, like, move the lamp six inches to the right or try cornflower blue instead of sky blue.
posted by Snarl Furillo at 2:30 PM on June 10 [1 favorite]

If you know what wonderful looks like when you see it then you are better qualified than most. You need help - or maybe just permission - to turn these instincts into concrete actions. Try things out and see what happens, like you would any other art form.

Also read the books it saves time
posted by doiheartwentyone at 3:06 PM on June 10

The Apartment Therapist facebook group.
posted by shadygrove at 4:27 PM on June 10

This is my dream job. I bet AskMe would help with this absolutely.
posted by tiny frying pan at 2:30 PM on June 11

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