I've never been a huge fan of camping -- what's fun about sleeping on a hard and lumpy surface, rain drumming on canvas all night long (which always seemed to happen when I hit the woods) and not being able to shower? But the thought of pitching a permanent tent in my own backyard or even my bedroom carries an appeal that goes back to the days of building forts out of stacked furniture, open drawers and draped sheets. As much as I loved the houses that were at the center of a house swap in the movie "The Holiday," it was the tent that Jude Law's character created for his daughters that really made me swoon (below). Keeping a tent in permanent residence also seems like a good way to get out-of-town friends to visit more often.
09 March 2014
08 February 2014
29 December 2013
Decor trends, like fashion trends, are all about invention and re-invention. One season, symmetry is king. The next, odd numbers and groupings are favored over neat pairs of objects. Coffee tables as we think of them today (low and long) made their debut in the Victorian era. Before then, end tables and console tables would be placed in front of a settee for the purpose of enjoying a cup of tea or coffee with company. I can't think of a time when this trend has had a resurgence so it is well overdue. I happen to love the odd sense of proportion that a tall coffee table creates and I hope the style picks up enough to challenge the dictatorship of the low coffee table for good.