I just might be making slow progress in the world of interiors. I bought an end table that didn’t match my Pottery Barn sofa. How did it happen?
- We – happily – needed enough space in the living room for 4 adults to sit comfortably.
- A while back, I ordered a matching Pottery Barn loveseat.
- The adult who sat on said loveseat realized he needed a place for his tea mug, and another place to put his feet.
- As I already had a coffee table similar to this, and 2 end tables like this, even my timid self knew it was time to move on.
In other words, I wanted not Memories of The Colonial Past I Didn’t Have,
but, well, you’ll see. Something more eclectic. A little more personal. How to move forward? Well, when you’re looking at living rooms online, as I did, you’re going to find mostly whatever is currently in style. As my interior design skills improve, I may look down my nose at trends, but for now, they’re helpful in culling the field – as long as they resonate with my aesthetic and life history.
And thus did both a leather Moroccan pouf and a metal and glass Eileen Gray-like table come to rest my living room.
Some people might put Eileen in an industrial loft.
others situate her in a more romantic but minimal Russian apartment. This space seems so poetic to me. Although I imagine the radiator knocks something awful.
Moroccan poufs play chameleon too. From severe,
to somewhat girly New York spaces once owned by the creator of Sex in the City.
And we believe in personal history. I was alive in the 60s, I wore a peace sign on a leather thong as a teen, I am invested in both early 70s hippie culture and mid-century modern.
In the end, I like the way these two pieces look; they’re extremely useful, and produce in me a small, fluttery sense of confidence. Now it’s time to change out some pillows. I think the patterned one might be too much, well, pattern, given the embroidery on the pouf and the patchwork of the quilt.
I can see how this interiors fiddling gets addictive.
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Candace Bushnell’s New York Apartment via Elle Decor
Swedish Apartment via Dust Jacket Attic
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