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|
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|
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!