Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A P.O.O.P.I.E. Party!


The Nesting Place is having a party! Not just any party....a P.O.O.P.I.E. PARTY! P.O.O.P.I.E. stands for: People Opposing Objectionable Pretend plants In the Environment. Click the pic to see what other P.O.O.P.I.E.s are talking about!

Now...I used to be perfectly fine with pretend plants in my environment, but one day my mom and I turned on HGTV and were entranced by a decorating special chronicling the ten worst decorating mistakes. Among "floating" carpets (carpets not anchored by furniture, such as a couch) and too many throw pillows, one of the most common mistakes made by decorators was using fake plants in their decor. My mother and I looked at each other in horror, then looked around her living room at over a DOZEN fake plants! A conversation ensued in which we tried to tell ourselves that it was okay, it was just a TV show and we didn't have to do what they said, but her confidence flagged and since, she has removed a number of her fake plants...but not all. (One remaining specimen is pictured above.)

Fake fruits can fall into the category of tacky decor as well. In my latest abode, I have tried to stay away from them, but now that I am in the process of decorating our Mexican-style hacienda, that is all going to change. Something I LOVE about Mexican decorating is that sometimes fake... and even tacky... is better! Here are some examples of fake fruit I find appropriate when it comes to Mexican decor. Enjoy!

1. Monochromatic stone fruit in the market in Mazatlan...


2. Cantalope cast in the market in Mazatlan...



3. Paper machier fruits and vegetables from the market in Juarez, now in my guest suite...



You've gotta love Mexico! What is you're opinion of fake flowers, plants or fruits? Okay or Nay?

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20 comments:

Melinda said...

I don't do the fake flower and plant thing but I do have a bowl of fruit in the middle of my kitchen table. It goes with my fruit themed kitchen. Several guests commented on them looking so real. Unfortunately maybe too real there are some small teeth marks in one of the apples. Your fruit has a nice look to it.

CJ, the Purple Diva said...

Loved the pictures of your fruit. It looks real. I like those!
Plants...I've seen some good ones and some not so good ones. Depends the plant!

Anonymous said...

Husband's perspective:
If my wife likes them, I LOVE them and am bound to go overboard in getting her an endless supply of every specimen I can find.
If my wife doesn't like them, I DETEST them and will burn all existing specimens I find and flush the ashes down the toilet!

Tina said...

Plastic? Never. But wooden, ceramic, papier mache, why not?

Shannon said...

I don't mind artificial. When they are tastefully done that is. :) They are hard to clean though. I'm not one of those people who will clean each leaf. I'll take it outside and give it a good shake or whack!

Hugs!

Salsa Mama said...

I saw that show on HGTV, and mostly agreed with them. But on the subject of fake plants, I think there are some really beautiful ones out there and there is nothing wrong with that. Especially for people like me who can't keep anything remotely green alive, inside or out.

Amanda said...

I love Mexican fake fruit! I wish I had a Mexican hacienda to put some in.....

Laurice. said...

I heard the same thing on Oprah a few years ago and couldn't agree more. Fake just has to go!

AmyK said...

That all depends on how well I'm able to take care of REAL plants! Sometimes they're okay, sometimes they're not.

Bethany Cox said...

three things:
1) In my interior design class the other day, we were talking about spanish style homes and i thought of you the entire time. I'll talk to you all about that later, of course.
2) You should have included the story of one of the children biting into the fake fruit
3) John- you're hilarious. thanks for making my laugh

Elena said...

I just watched a show like that except the one I saw was 25 things and I was guilty of naked windows. I have no curtains in my house.

Carla said...

OH! DARN! I thought this was going to be about POOPIE!!! I thought the picture with the arrow was a poopie pile! Yes, I am a p.o.o.p.i.e. person (said with pride:). I don't like how dusty stuff (greenery) gets, your p.o.o.p.i.e. looks good (now just exactly when do you get the chance to tell some one that?) My latest p.o.o.p.i.e. are pumpkins: 7 minis-one for each child of mine, 3 glittered minis-one for each grandchild. {someone commented real looking stuff gets chewed on (yes I can attest to that), but wood fruit-THAT would be nice and easy to clean-hmmm)
{I think MR. Anonymous said it best:}
I AWARDED YOU! CAUSE YOU MAKE ME SMILE!!!

Barbiemat said...

If youlove it...do it!!!

The Farmer's Wife said...

Not so much a fan of the fake plant...but....I do have them in my house..I guess that makes me a poopie too! I am in good company!

The Nester said...

Stone fruit?! Love it! Ever read stone soup?

rachelle said...

this is so hilarious! thank heavens for HGTV! breakin' the news to the people, gently~

Stephanie said...

I think fake plants are okay if that's all you can do. My mom has always had a terribly black thumb. She says fake plants are the only ones that could survive very long in her house!

p.s. I love the husband's perspective in the third comment - what a great husband! :-)

lonestar818 said...

If we had fake fruit or veggies in our house, our boys would try to eat them. Not pretend-eat, actually-eat (try). We have a few plants (real) and finally managed to keep our little guy and cat out of them ;).

Tiffy Wiffy said...

Hi! I'm visiting from Manuela's blog. I knew that if she loved you that I would too and I'm glad that I'm not disappointed. Which state in Mexico are you living in? I saw that you said something about Juarez and actually my husband was raised in Chihuahua. My family is from Coahuila. I also think my son is the same age as your twins. He was born in April. Glad to have found your blog.

Penelope said...

LOL, I agree with you! I do like wooden flowers, though; at least the ones that I've seen were gorgeous! :)