Why is houndstooth a design trend? It's been around forever. Another thing the Scot's gave us. In fashion, I used to associate it with Geoffrey Beane. Now I think of Chanel. I have a houndstooth skirt that I like, it seems traditional. I'm traditional. Recently, I found a pair of houndstooth shoes that I was madly in love with. The heel was just too high for me. They weren't practical. Besides being traditional, I am practical. Especially when it comes to making purchases for my home or wardrobe.
|My Fairfax ottoman by WSH, covered in brown & cream houndstooth. Purchased nearly 6 years ago. Does this |
mean I was previously un-cool and now I am hip? Please...say it isn't so.
As far as my home, it is highly unlikely anyone will ever going say "your home is so trendy!" Thank god. I think for many, trendy is equated with having style...being stylish. I like a variety of design elements and styles. I have antiques, retail items along with some modern elements, like glass block lamps. Mostly, I like homes that have things that are reflective of the people who live there and I strive for that in my work. As for houndstooth, I think it's so practical for upholstery, curtains or pillows. Put it in just about any room, and it works.
|When our Golden Retriever was a puppy, she took a little nibble.|
She has no regard whatsoever for trends...imagine that?
Don't get me wrong, I am not at all opposed to the use of Lucite furniture, garden stools, foo dogs (okay, I am opposed to these only because they remind me of darling Pugs that have gone Cujo) an animal skin rug, antlers, etc...but only when it's reflective of the person's interest and their style. I am opposed to using them because we read somewhere that we should. In other words, trend alarms are being sounded way too often in my opinion.
When I was a child I first began a collection of keys. I was fascinated with a diary, clock key as well as the skeleton key to my grandmother's attic. Not only did I think they were pretty, but also mysterious. On one visit I took that attic key home with me- I liked it that much. I also thought by taking it I would be protected from the scary things that I was convinced were up in the attic! I have been collecting interesting keys ever since.
|The most recent additions to my key collection. The 3 smaller keys given by my son's girlfriend. The 2 large keys |
from my husband's travels, found in my stocking. All were among my favorite Christmas gifts this past year.
I guess this rambling is really just to express how sick I am of entire rooms that are filled with the items magazines tell us are the latest trends, Worse, when it's passed off as good design. Creative work. Applauded. Granted trend is spelled with five letters, but are we all beginning to say it as much as our other favorite four letter words? Sh*t, I don't know. Maybe I'm crazy? Jaded? Or could it be, you are sick of it too?