Quick Question! In or Out: Cheeky Word Art on Decor?

Quick Question! In or Out: Cheeky Word Art on Decor?

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Julia Brenner
Oct 19, 2017

(Image credit: Emma Fiala)
The year was 2010 (don't quote me on that) when we as a society decided we needed to start putting cute sayings on home decor—and guys, it's gotten out of control. Right?

"Hustle" pillows and "I Can't Adult Today" blankets, "Live, Love, Gymnastics" tea towels and "The Snuggle is Real"...At this point, it's like, okay okay, I get it. The world is filled with cute sayings, always has been. There were some real zippy zingers back in the mid 19th-century. I mean "bully for you!" or "acknowledge the corn!" That is some first-class slang. So why do we now have a fixation with attaching of-the-moment sayings to every home good we can fathom? Why can't we just, you know, say the sayings?

Don't get me wrong, some of these sayings are adorable. "Donut worry be happy"? I'm no robot, that's cute as hell. If someone walked up to me and said that, I'd probably hug them because it would be so cute. But does it really warrant permanent status in a home? I think I'd probably get tired of looking at it after three days. Day four of "donut worry be happy" and I would be looking for the nearest closet to hide it in.

The old "treat yo self" saying (a Parks and Rec reference) is another ubiquitous find on home decor. Here it is all dolled up with a flower crown, to which I just have to wonder, why?

So what do you all think. Do we need to cool our collective jets on the typographic home decor? Or is it still fun and I'm just being a jerk?

Chime in below on your thoughts. Love some or all of these or do you have a couple you can't let go of? Have others you want to add to the list? Let's hear it!

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