How home decor and SEC football go hand in hand (or not)

Growing up in the south, attending Ole Miss, and now being married to a Bama boy, I have seen how much football can affect daily life. A football weekend in the SEC can make or break your week, it make planning holiday parties harder (while you wait to see if your team will play in the championship game!), and believe it or not I have seen it influence home décor decisions.

I have casually had this come into play on color choices alone. The color combinations of the SEC and ACC are so ingrained into our heads that we have trouble disassociating them in other areas of life. Let’s take what could be a fun movie room couch in red. Black toss pillows are not an option, because people would immediately think you were a Georgia Bulldogs fan. Or if you paint your walls in blue, there is no way you would use any orange accents otherwise a you might seem like a Florida Gator! The colors would look good together if used in different hues than the schools themselves use, but again the connotation is still there.

This especially comes to light if you try to use what could be a great color combination in the home of client and it turns out to be the colors of their schools biggest rival! I had this come to light recently with a school’s mascot (believe it or not) while working on a client’s daughter’s bedroom. I found the cutest Kelly Rightsell pillow with a frog embroidered (same image as shown). Now this client loves frogs, there are darling frog paintings over the little girls bed, so I figured she would love this pillow for her daughter’s bed. I received an email back telling me that under no circumstances would the husband allow an elephant in the house. They both graduated from Auburn. For those of you outside the SEC, Auburn and Alabama are huge (in state) rivals and Auburns mascot is the Tiger and Alabama’s is the elephant. Keep in mind that this elephant is about the size of a nickel on the pillow! But that is just how serious we are about football in the south.   I did try to convince the husband that the frog was strangling the elephant, but that didn’t work!

And there is always the “house divided”, where the husband and wife went to different schools. My house is an Ole Miss/Alabama house and even though Ole Miss isn’t a football powerhouse (this could be a WHOLE other post!), I have had to put the kibosh on having Daniel Moore prints and hounds tooth throughout our house. There are attractive ways to show your “house divided” school spirit. For example, we picked the (almost same) red from the University of Georgia and Ole Miss to paint the mudroom lockers (pictured) . Then we added the vinyl cushions to show the two teams logo and slogan. It was a fun way to incorporate the two schools.

Hopefully you will find your own ways to work out any design challenges that arise from having so much school pride!

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