An Actual Karen And Aqua

I have relatives named Karen. And, actually, I really like all of them. Sometimes when I use “Karen” in the pejorative sense I feel terrible when I think of these ladies having their name so defiled. Gentle, loving and kind does not describe a “Karen” but those are the words I grew up associating with that name.

And I repainted our formal dining room and parlor. Our house is over a hundred years old and it’s in good condition but I made the mistake of painting the walls in the formal dining room and parlor a lime green last year when we bought our house. I was inspired by an old historic inn that had walls with an Art Deco green similar in color to my green but it’s amazing how much of a difference between similar colors can exist. My green looked…ill. At least downstairs. The upstairs hallway is still that lime green though and it’s fine, oddly or not. Maybe it’s the light in the hallway? But anyway, I repainted the formal dining room walls a crisp white and the ceiling aqua (my favorite color since I was a teenager) and then painted/am painting the parlor entirely in shades of neutral gray. Much better. With our vintage Schonbek chandelier hanging from the the matte aqua it looks particularly aquatic which is exactly what I was hoping for…

Our house is around 1,500 sq. ft. (not counting the unfinished basement of course) and so it’s about a thousand feet smaller than an average size house in the US by today’s standards. There isn’t any wasted space, our home was designed well as many old homes were, but as you can imagine the color of a wall takes on more significance in a home our size just as it would if it was a large house (over 3,500 sq. ft.). And as I’ve said before we could have gone larger and/or more expensive but we like the old-fashioned concept of investing in people, community and quality and saving money. If we do buy larger someday it’ll have to be perfect or we might just use that money for something else. I know others who have said they feel that way too nowadays.

Actually, I read an article online months ago about how Millennials like smaller houses and today I saw a post online about tiny houses. I don’t think I could ever live in a “tiny house” but I respect the idea. And again, if I ever buy a larger house I don’t think I’d ever go over 5,500 sq. ft. at most. That might sound “very large” but…by today’s standards in the US it’s really not even though it is. Most genuine mansions in the US (even old mansions) start around 5,000 sq. ft. but the average size house today in the US is around 2,600 sq. ft.. There are a lot of people in my country who have wanted new homes leaning a bit closer to the size of a mansion over the last few decades and so a larger size has been what sells a house. Some would say quality suffered in the process in some new houses, but regardless, at least somewhat larger is now average for a newer or new house. And, of course, there are people who have grown weary of the trend and look for quality and etc. over just size…

At least one of my relatives named Karen has a larger home but it’s not a “McMansion” (the pejorative name for a large home that’s badly constructed) of course. I imagine a “Karen” would demand a McMansion however. Not just buy one but demand one… Her house has to match her haircut? It almost makes me feel bad for a “Karen” thinking about it. Seriously. Do some “Karens” just badly need a hug and a better friend or hairdresser who’ll be both more kind and honest with them? Is that possible?

Original photos can be found at the website McMansionhell.com but I took these screenshots on Google Images.

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