It’s Friday. Time to put our heads up, just for a minute, from those desks, computers, tables, wagons, or wheels. Browse some soft and pretty goods. It’s also the time of year when our hemisphere might start to think about spring, even if the season is a ways off. One might even want to spruce up the house a bit, right about now.
One very simple way to do this is with cushions. High WASPs like cushions. We tend to furnish our houses well, once, and spend the rest of our lives living in them, fixing up what frays. Cushions have a convenient habit of doing just that.
A few years ago I bought several hotel room’s worth of Pottery Barn furniture – for the aesthetic reminds me of nothing so much the pieces in a 4-not-5-star hotel. As a result, until recently I had this cushion arrangement in place. Along with a Pottery Barn chenille throw. Because good hotel rooms always have a nice blanket. Have you noticed that?
These worked well, back in the small apartment. I had one wall painted deep red. To the building manager’s head-scratching, but no matter. But this Christmas, my daughter gave me a second red throw blanket, this one cashmere, from Restoration Hardware.
“Mama,” she said, “Last time I was home I noticed there wasn’t room for all of us under the one blanket. So I got you another one. You can choose a different color if you want.”
As you might understand, I didn’t want to change a thing about her blanket. But I felt, now, in need of less red. Luckily, the red cushions had begun to fray. Time, at many levels, for a change. No need to go hunting everywhere, no need to fork over funds that I’d prefer to spend on Erdem. Back to Pottery Barn. While High WASPs pay great attention to the nuances of what we wear, we’re more relaxed at home. Is this the perfect, hunt for ever, cutting edge, my-life-distilled-into-a-vignette look? Um, no. But it’s more than good enough. Stuff your kids give you is always more than good enough. Should anyone ask, we’ll call it, um, relaxed eclecticism.
We’re pale blue and green around here now. With enough throw blankets for everyone.
Have a wonderful weekend.
*Note: No consideration was received for this post. But at ~$25/pillow, on sale, I didn’t mind. And this link is the emotional background to the High WASP house aesthetic. I also put in the post above, just because.
**Never Knowingly Undercushion®, trademark, Faux Fuchsia.