Ikea tulips, Woolworth's vase.
A Postmedia news story making the rounds this Thanksgiving is asking the urgent question: Will Canadian decorating tastes go American, now that Pottery Barn has arrived in Canada?
Who says the news media isn't doing some responsible reporting?
I know nothing about Pottery Barn, except they pitched it on an episode of Friends years ago.
I do know Ikea. There was a time most of my home furnishings came from that place. I'm not alone, according to the Post Media article.
The pink tulips above were once a part of an Ikea novelty item. They came in a plywood vase, bright yellow with sixties style pattern of red and orange circles. I ditched the vase years ago and put the fake flowers in a green vase that once came from Woolworth's. It was in my childhood home, one of the few things that didn't get broken.
Now, I've written before about my Edwardian living room, furniture I lately inherited from my husband's side. I also inherited some art nouveau era vases from an Aunt.
But Edwardians had heavy furniture and my living room's been bothering me. I've been scoping beautiful rooms on Sotheby's for inspiration about giving the room a lift, visually speaking.
And I decided that the room needed a sixties flourish. So I checked out carpets in Ikea but didn't find any I liked.
Imagine Goldie Hawn in Downton Abbey. That's the look I'm going for.
A clash of decades. A sixties style pattern with an eighties style upholstery. But both florals. It's just a piece of material. (17 dollars a yard!) so I can experiment with other patterns, when I find them.
Yesterday, I went to the local textile story (a small place as the big places are all out of business) and found a sixties style material, and some orange organza, (like they put in villas in Florcnce) and then I went to the VON thrift shop looking for some sixties style ashtrays in purple. I found an astray and a vase. All for 100 dollars. No fighting the crowds at Ikea. No going to Edmonton, where the Pottery Barn opened.
And here's my room. (I took the pictures at night.) Now I wait for my husband to paint the walls a dusty pink. Pink and orange, once taboo, now a colour combination favoured by the Beau Monde.. and I've always liked it!
Now, I'm wondering if that wooden Ikea vase is still around in the garage!