Sunday, March 27, 2011

Finding Inspiration


A girlfriend called me the other day to have a 'grumble' about her husband. She has recently moved into a new house and is in the process of trying to decorate some of the rooms.  The comment from her husband, which prompted the phone call was, "Do we have to decorate our entire house from Pottery Barn?"  Ouch!

My girlfriend is one of the smartest people I know, former logistics specialist at a Fortune 500 company, she is, bar none, the person I would choose to be with on a desert island.  While I would be decorating our shelter and looking for "pretty" ferns, she would be building the raft, erecting a signalling system and studying the tides, ensuring we would make it back to civilization.  Natural born interior decorator she is not. A fact I became painfully aware of during a recent trip to a furniture store with her to get "a few" pillows.  Three hours later I was curled up in a fetal position on the floor while she rethought the pillow display for her couch for the hundredth time.  The truth is that most of us are not interior decorators, and so furniture stores like Pottery Barn, Anthropology and Crate and Barrel offer us ideas on how to decorate our house, the way Vogue and InStyle magazine give us tips on how to dress.

Wooden spoon chandelier in the china section
For me Anthropology is a constant source inspiration. I think because it reminds me of  the giant flea markets like Portobello Market in London that I used to wander through in my youth.  The store is filled to the brim with bohemian furniture and home goods with a slightly feminine flair, add to that the wonderful mixture of clothing, jewelry and shoes, and any woman is likely to feel at home. I like nothing more than to grab a cup of coffee and my camera on a rainy afternoon and wander through the store.  Each time I venture in, I take copious amounts of pictures to add to my decorating scrapbook.  So that I will have a plethora of ideas to choose from when I finally find, and am ready to decorate, my dream cottage in the country.

I am currently in love with the Terai Folding Chair (pictured below).  I love the bold mixture of the vibrant textures and patterns. It reminds me of a kitchen I spent many happy hours in during my childhood, which had brilliant blue walls offset with curtains from India in bold and vibrant colors and patterns. I hope one of these days to have some of these chairs in my own kitchen, an homage to that kitchen of my childhood.

Terai Folding Chairs
The sink, pictured below is another one of my favorites.  I love the thought of reusing a tin tub in an old hutch and filling it to the brim with china and glass that has been collected over the years.

Sometimes it can be the smallest item that gives you a huge amount of inspiration.  I fell in love with a group of vintage china knobs in various shades of blue.  I'm going to use them to spruce up an old French hutch that is in need of a face lift. I'll let you know how it turns out.

As for my girlfriend, I have promised her future trips to Pottery Barn before I leave for the East Coast.   Look out Pottery Barn, here we come!  

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