sfgirlbybay is one of the many design blogs I love to read. I completely understood when she described an identity crisis in her apartment. Sometimes I am so flooded by ideas, I can't decide. It probably doesn't help being a Libra!
Orange day bed, white dresser, acrylic lamp, goddess prints, pink and periwinkle pottery - all sold during unemployment. Cest la vie.
I loved the place, but I just couldn't believe it. For years I had done white on white and was an avowed lover of minimalism. While my place was the smallest I'd ever had, conversely I displayed more stuff than ever before. Sometimes too much stuff makes me panic. I go into minimal mode and want to get rid of everything.
I love it, but often cover it in white sheets and many pillows.
Lately, I have been obsessing about the color turquoise!
Turquoise vases from Target, a gift from my sister-in-law.
This is from Turquoise's showroom. Isn't this gorgeous?
These beautiful and inexpensive vases are from Z Gallerie.
And beloved Casapinka hasn't helped matters with her beautiful foyer.
I fell in love with textiles after reading Tricia Guild's book White Hot, where she described being influenced by the colors of India. Pillows satisfy this urge nicely, as do scarfs carelessly thrown over lamps or used to tie back curtains. I was influenced by Bohomo (Bohemian Modern). I wanted my place to have an undecorated look, a kind of careless abandon, but with restraint. And I love orange and blue, but I still don't like patterns too much.
Orange and blue pillows. See my flickr site for more information.
Pink bulbs, pink scarf thrown over retro moon lamp purchased from CB2 with overtime money. I always wanted one of these lamps!
Lantern, Pier 1. Blue glass vase, Salvation Army, $1.99! Prayer beads, see my flickr site for details.
Amber buddha head bought at garage sale.
Buddha heads from CB2. These are so cute and the price is right, only $14.95. I'd sort of like to have the green one, but I don't really like resin. Still, they are cute. I think they had orange last season. It would be fun to have different colors lined up on a shelf.
I'll save Noguchi for another post since I love his work so much. But, all I can say is thank God for Target, I can't afford a real Noguchi.
I've moved things around many times and created many different looks. In fact, often when a painting is incubating in my mind, I start moving things around in my dining area. Okay, I vaguely remember the rule that art shouldn't blend in with a sofa. Well, I've already talked about how I feel about rules. Furniture, lamps and pottery are like sculpture and when moved around they start dialoging with the spirit of my apartment.
The dialogue lately is about Moroccan design. I love poufs and ottomans. I have several ottomans, which I found on the curb. Ottomans are incredibly versatile, can be moved on a whim, can be used as tables or seats. I've even served tea on them to my nephews.
Then along came the current issue of Elle Decoration, UK Edition, reading my mind. There are several absolutely stunning pictures of Moroccan design. Now I want to start over and completely redo my place! Maybe I should just sit in the corner and take a deep breath. Ahh. Sometimes I just wish my place were done.
Oh, and did I mention that my favorite color is pink?