It happens that I am again in the midst of decorating my place—this time, it’s my new studio apartment near the beach. Decorating to me is as daunting as it is fun, because how do you go about communicating in a cohesive way all of the ideas and influences that you are thinking of?
She’s really keen on Scandinavian design but doesn’t want to go all out with IKEA; she likes modern mixed with traditional. Vintage is nice, but she has mixed feelings about toile. She likes children’s literature illustration and classic cinema photography and would like her surroundings to reflect these interests. Oh, and her chubby loveseat is already upholstered in orange- and white-striped cotton.
Do you see what I mean?
Anyway, as librarians are oft to do, I lately was reading media reviews, and October’s issue of Paste had a piece about how “quirkiness” has moved to the big screen: “Zooey Deschanel reigns as Hollywood’s queen of quirk…and with the increasing crossover between indie and mainstream cinema, [the quirky girl’s] reach is widening.” You may have missed Zooey Deschanel in “500 Days of Summer,” but even if you only watch the movie's trailer, you must admit that it looks an awful lot like the inside of an Anthropologie store. And Anthropologie is very popular, as well as decidedly quirky.
I also enjoy quirkiness (have you watched the music video for Regina Spektor’s “Eet” yet? The typewriter!) but am hoping that what I’ll have in the end won’t just reflect what’s the mainstream now. Interior decoration is about self-expression and individuality, right?
The fashion pictures here could serve as a scrapbook for my present decoration endeavors, and Autumn wears red tights à la Kate Spade. (By the way, have you seen Kate Spade’s fabulous boutiques? They’re an explosion of vibrant colors, and very vintage-seeming, and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” with Audrey Hepburn plays on a television in the background.)
Bye-bye. [space space]
P.S. If you have a moment, could you please look at this example of interior design? Don’t forget to tell me what you think of it, too…