As I sort out larger furnishing choices, i.e. fabrics for my guest room and master bedroom, I’m amusing myself with small tweaks.
Anyone remember these doves? They’re now living a well-lit life on our Pottery Barn Extra-Wide Valencia dresser. And yeah, it’s dusty. I’m way better at beauty than I am at daily cleaning. Those of you who will tell me cleaning is beauty, I hear you, I understand conceptually, and I cannot feel that way to save my life.
The doves tolerate disorder.
In any case, having read Emily Henderson’s book Styled, I now realize that I want just a little more framing, a little more intention, in my house decor. And I’ve been possessed with the idea of a tray for those birds. Something to mark their place, something to add a layer between pink gold Murano glass and a 10-year old espresso veneer.
I’ve got an old, worn silverplate tray. It belonged to my mother. But look, it’s too hard, too shiny, and brings too much metal to a bedroom already graced with two gilt wrought iron benches. Not to mention the gilt wrought iron tassels on said benches.
So I keep looking. I thought about color, but I’d prefer that the doves, and, oh yes, the magenta sari silk I’m planning to use for pillows on the benches, corner armchair, and bed be the only vivid accents. So if metal’s out, and bright color banned, I think we’re left with something pale. Wood maybe, or, even better, decoupage.
What I’ve Considered And Mostly Ruled Out
But I’m Still Thinking About
And I’m Coveting
There are, of course, premium art trays in this world. Consider Fornasetti. Whilst I like their tamer stuff,
others might prefer the more Dali-esque.
Except they are really expensive.
Or a tempest! Good colors, not perhaps the right feng shui imagery for one’s bedroom.
Maybe six pelargorium (sic) to keep the doves company in their pinkness. All, decoupage of art reproductions under glass.
And I covet their color palette trays maybe most of all. All, reproductions of antique and vintage art in decoupage under glass.
Derian’s products are sold at Neiman Marcus in limited numbers, also in bits and pieces at J. Crew, and therefore may be available to see at those local stores. For those of us who don’t live in Manhattan.
Feel free, as always to chime in. If you’ve explored the idea of objects on dressers, or layers of light and texture as part of your interiors, I would particularly love to hear.
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