Today I offer you photos sent in by one of our frequent commenters. As always, please extend your best hospitality and civility to our guest.
This, everyone, is Artsy In Boulder. Please extend your warmest welcome. She’s here at my behest, and yours, really. After this post, I was asked for more photos of pattern-mixing. As you know, I don’t have many pictures of my own, because Sturdies don’t have the gene. But we can learn, if we seek guidance.
So when Artsy and I were exchanging emails, I asked if she wouldn’t mind sending along some photos of how she does it. Turns out she’s obliging, as well as creative. Our good luck.
This is pattern-mixing. Approachable, cheerful, pretty, fun pattern-mixing. See? It doesn’t have to scare the children. Sure, there are more belligerent modes. Aggressive Hipster, for one. I Traveled From Turkey To Timbuktu, for another. But as always, when style is done right, you’re the creative director and you get to choose.
You can adhere to a reasonable budget too. Artsy shops at Nordstrom, Target, Anthropologie and thrift stores. The above is Prabal Gurung from his Target collaboration.
If you’re still dubious, try a more subtle approach, with subdued colors and small-figured patterns
I would never tell you you’ve got to mix. That would be rude. Artsy wouldn’t want to either. She’s very nice. But if you’re so inclined, you’re among friends.
Thanks Artsy! A final interesting tidbit. Artsy was one of those who seemed, in the comments, to know an awful lot about the High WASP culture. Turns out my father and hers were at St. Paul’s together. Small world, albeit a transforming one. As generational points of connection vanish, the best part of America is how we make up new.