Horrible home décor from in-laws…

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Slipcovers work wonders and are easy to take off when the in-laws come to visit. 

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I was always taught that it was rude to give a decor gift, or anything that has to be displayed, because it puts the person in this sort of situation. Can you let your fiance handle it? He can probably talk to his parents more honestly than you would feel comfortable doing.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

My MIL is the same way. My husband just came home last weekend with some weird milk glass cowboy boot vase thingamajig that’s supposedly “sooo expensive”. Nice of her to think of me but I don’t want this shit. I solve the conundrum by never inviting them over so I don’t have to display any of the crap she’s given me. The boot thing is currently residing in the garage, along with the full set of china and knick knacks that I’ve gotten over the years. 

My friend has the same problem with her in laws. She actually keeps all of the ugly shit in a box and makes it a point to display the stuff whenever she knows her MIL is coming over. They don’t live locally so there’s always plenty of notice when they’ll be making an appearance. I find this hilarious but it works well. She only has to look at the junk for a few days, then it goes back to the garage to be forgotten about until the next time. 

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

What kinds of things are they? Would repurposing them be possible (like changing the upholstery, or re-inventing the “thing” as a different thing)?

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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

What exactly are these things?  Are they huge pieces of furniture?  Little items that just go on a shelf?

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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

skinnypinkmartini:  Develop an allergy to dust. These things are all dust catchers. I lean towards minimalist decor partly because of a dust allergy and not choosing to take up dusting as a hobby, and partly because I just don’t like all sorts of chachkas around the house.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

skinnypinkmartini:  When he handed me the boot, he laughed and walked away. He and I have similar taste so if I hate it, chances are he does too. My husband and I have a very honest relationship. If I hate something, even if his darling mommy gave it to him/us, I’m not shy about expressing my feelings. 

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Pick the one least ugly and display it in a corner or something, and put the rest in a safe deposit box. They’re not expensive to rent. Then if anyone asks, you wanted to keep them in a climate-controlled safe place to keep them from tarnishing until you finished painting (or moved or whatever event you are conveniently waiting to happen).  Or if you’re planning a guest room…. Let your in laws sleep next to them 😀

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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Well you don’t have to use all of them right?  There must be a few items that you can deal with to display in the main rooms, and then a put a bunch in a room you dont really use and tuck some away for “safe keeping”?

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