I recently had asked another blogger, Decorno, for some advice about my living room curtains. She was kind enough to extend my question to her readers by posting a blip about my project on her blog.
Lesson Learned: Don't ask a question unless you really want to hear answers that might possibly offend you.
Not to say that I am "offended" mind you... just some of the replies, I did get a bit irritated about. Somehow, instead of chiming in on my curtains, some chose to give painting tips and thre out there that I should paint the trim.
Now... I do like white trim. I do. However, in my home, to paint that wood, it would be entirely disrespectful.
I suppose to those who don't like in a historical home, they might think I am over-reacting and that I should just rip apart the house and make it my own.
I see is a little differently. I spent YEARS researching the home. (You can read a bit of this research in my first few blogs). In fact, I used the home and the architect for my graduate admissions paper for a master's in historic preservation. (hint: I am into PRESERVING). I went blind sorting though microfilm to find ever last agonizing detail about every person who ever lived in this house. I have dug up pictures of them all. I researched the genealogy of the architect and traced his family back to France. Many important people have lived in the home.
I feel lucky to be a part of the history of my home and feel it is my duty to protect the home. Although a full restoration is not on tap now, a renovation is. Not only is Queen Anne woodwork not painted, but I feel it would be disrespectful to the home, and its architect.
While I adore white trim, it would be selfish of me to take a preference like that and cover over tiger oak (extremely valuable tiger oak, I might add). The pocket door was appraised at over $3K alone. All that value would be gone by painting.
So... maybe I am a bit sensitive about the woodwork in the home. But, I sort of feel like 100 year old wood has earned its right to shine. And not be made to look like the trendy flavor of the week. When stained wood is in style again, and painted wood is passe, mine will still be here. The classics are timeless.