Honor Roll

Honor Roll

Sometimes I come across something so cute/sweet/charming/funny/pretty/inspiring/lovely that I just want to share it with you. These are the things that have made my honor roll.

Alex Papachristidis' Dining Room

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  • Nina
    December 12, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    I’ve read your blog daily for years and – though I rarely comment – I feel compelled to say something about your first link. The dining room window treatments are fabulous and, like you, I appreciate the explosion of color and texture, but the revival of orientalist decor is disturbing and upsetting and his entire design thematic depends on it. Design is never neutral, but this example is particularly alienating. As a person of color (or, really, just as a person), I wouldn’t feel comfortable sitting in a room where there’s a black slave figure holding up a side table. How is the French empire a fantasy except if you ignore/objectify/orientalize the bodies that are exploited for that fantasy (and then plaster them all over the walls of your house)? It’s his private home and of course he can decorate it however he wants, but promoting it on One Kings Lane (and here), I think, is a different matter.

    • Making it Lovely
      December 14, 2015 at 9:55 am

      My apologies. That table is particularly upsetting, and to be honest, I hadn’t noticed it. My eye went to the colors and patterns and their overall effect, rather than to the specific elements that made up the design. The Chinoiserie wallpaper registered, but in the same way I would noticed a toile de jouy.

  • erin @ thh
    December 12, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Holy maximalism! That house is beautiful! I love all the color.

    Also, the existential riddles are hilarious.

  • julie
    December 14, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Wow, didn’t know FAO had closed! Went there once almost 20 years ago and got way too excited in their Sanrio section.
    Loved quizzing my husband this AM with the existential riddles :)