a slippery slope

the wool cover on our bertoia diamond chair was 22 years old and getting really ratty.   we composted it and bought a couple of beautiful pewter-colored sheep skins from s. h. frank & co. that turned a semi-uncomfortable chair into the most coveted seat in the house.

a little furniture re-arranging and a third skin thrown over the back of the pfister sofa, made this awkward corner of our kitchen/dining room a delightful place to read or have a conversation.

but the problem with making a change, even as simple as this one, is that it makes the rest of the place feel, well, tired.    a week after we did this, we decided we needed to paint out the fiesta-orange wall in the kitchen.     the lilacs blooming in the garden inspired the color (benjamin moore crocus 1404)…

which works so well with the stainless steel kitchen and makes the greens of the ferns in the light well pop.

but is an incredibly unforgiving color — a yellow crate of strawberries left on the counter was amazingly jarring.  jokes about peas under mattresses aside, i had to pack away the orange fiesta and bauer dishes, replace the dish towels with natural colored linen and edit and rearrange the the objects…

bowls from dinosaur design in sydney and a frog vase that belonged to my great grandmother.

a sterling tea strainer by ted muehling, my navajo silver baby spoon used to dip sugar from a 9-sided japanese cup, sundry flea market finds…

we spent $350 and it feels like a new room.   but rather than satisfying the itch, i’m daydreaming about what to do next…

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