Monday, May 18, 2009

Which camp are you in?

Image Curious Sofa

I recently discovered a brilliant article by Debbie Dusenberry, owner of the retail homewares store Curious Sofa in Kansas.

Here's the start of the article:

"There’s no neutral ground when it comes to a neutral palette: You either love it or hate it. Some people walk into an all-white room and sink into the sofa, put their feet up and say, “Ahhh, I’m in heaven.” Others look around and wonder why everything seems so bland and colorless".

I'm definitely in the 'in heaven' camp. Soothing neutrals, restful whites and calm creams are my loves. However, my dear mum is definitely in the second camp. She comes into my house, stares wistfully into space and says to me "If only it had a little colour, Catherine". In fact, I think it is for my mum, and my mum only, that I relented and added red touches to my home. (She also tells me to learn ballroom dancing so I can meet men, but you have to draw the line somewhere).

Anyway, I urge to you read the article (click here) - it is virtual 'how to' on texture - which is my favourite feature in a room. Give me sisal, metal, wood, the soft, the smooth and the rough, and I'm happy. Debbie Dusenberry's own living room, shown above, is a perfect example. For more of Debbie's work, check out her blog Curious Sofa Diaries.

Then after you've read it, tell me what camp you're in!

Now did you read my post last week on Atlanta Bartlett? Well I was emailed by Ryland Peters & Small to let me know that hopefully they will have a limited number of signed copies of Easy Elegance available on the website soon - so keep your eye out! They have also started their own blog http://rylandpeters.blogspot.com which I think will provide lots of sneak peaks into their latest lovely new books.

Best wishes,

23 comments:

ness lockyer said...

You know me Catherine...whites, neutrals, stone, sisal..etc.
Debbies store is amazing and I will have to check out the book blog.
Ness xx

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Catherine!.. That pic suits your blog so well!!.. I have to admit .. I love the look and do get the "aahhh" moment (it is so serene and relaxing) .. but then over time I start introducing bits of colour and dark timber(another love). It is a constant cycle with me.. which is why I love reading blogs like your's and other's. Helps me to get new ideas and perspectives. Curious Sofa is one of the first blogs I became addicted to.. I found it through Romantic Homes Magazine... which then lead me to others, and then happily to yours!

Caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

I think I love both camps, Catherine. I'm on a neutral + bits of bold color stage. But this comes and goes... like the weather. Have a lovely Monday!

www.designfabulous.com said...

in heaven!!

AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage said...

I can't believe that store is in Kansas. Next time I'm up there I'll have to stop in.

Oh...and exactly what type of man does you mom think you'll meet at a ballroom dancing class? I don't hear of many (straight) single men saying, "Hey, I think I should take up ballroom dancing..." Ha! That cracked me up. Don't you love moms?!

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

My tastes have changes over time. I really enjoy all kids of styles. I do love the calmness of a washed-out palette. But I also like pops of bright color. What I don't like right now: my own home! {except for my master bedroom - love it!}

xo Lisa

Struggler said...

Is it cheating to be in this camp in summer time, but to leap over to the colored side for colder times of year? You've done some great postings on warming up a room with wood, but I think I'd still want some colors for winter. Beloved Husband seems to favor pale tones so I think I'm trying to counterbalance him, too.

Millie said...

No doubt here Catherine - the paint colour on all our walls here in Stirling is 'Parchment'! I loved the comments from your Mum. I was gob-smacked this week, Sons 4& 5 actually went out together & bough new curtains for their share house (sans girlfriends!) - the shock was almost too much for me!
Millie ^_^
P.S. Don't do the Ballroom dancing thing to find Mr. Right - there are some VERY strange people who turn up to those venues!

Lee said...

Call me bland if you like, but I'm definitely in the neutrals camp.

Also, had to LOL re your mum's comment! I'm with Millie, stay far, far away from the ballroom dancing.

Lee :)

DESIGN BY CATHLEEN said...

I could go either way! Opps, did I say that!

lol, Cathleen

Carol said...

I am in the heaven camp. I decorated my last house in the boldest of colours, it suited my mood at the time. But now I feel the neutals are the most calming and that is just how I want to feel now. I do like a bit of strong red or raspberry thrown in too.
I have At Home With Whitem lovely book.

My name is PJ. said...

I love neutrals and white the way you do them, but I can't live with white because I house 7 animals, two old people and a husband...it's a toss-up as to which is the messiest. I live with earth tones and black....neutrals that hide dirt better! :)

River said...

I'm very definitely in the colour camp. I have no taste, I have no style. But I love colour.
Why not learn ballroom dancing? forget about meeting men. Do it for the fun. If I didn't have problems with back, hips and legs, I'd be doing some form of dancing.

vicki archer said...

I am definitely in your category although I love to look at colour and imagine myself in other people's rooms that are colourful. I just love your mother and who knows ballroom dancing could be just the new thing! xv

lily-g said...

I'm with you Catherine, every step of the way xxx

lily-g said...

I'm with you Catherine, every step of the way xxx

Lauren said...

I'm with you on the neutrals!! (although I have to admit that right now I'm craving some shots of color!!!)

I've missed you while I've been gone and will have to go back & see everything I missed!!!
xoxo

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

I love neutrals, but that is a bit drab for my taste. I would want some black in the mix. Then it would have been perfect. Great post!

j u s t i m a g i n e said...

oooh catherine....fab post ......i am a neutral chic these days....used to be a teal/ turquoise chick...but as I get older I long for the warmth and emcompassing nature of neutrals to ground me ......hmmmmm I feel a blog coming on.....thanks so much for the inspiration !!! xxxx

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Catherine,

I used to like colour but slowy changing the decor of our house.
The lounge is next in line, as we have done the bedrooms and bathroom.

Enjoy your day
Hugs
Carolyn

Sussi's värld said...

I'm a different shades of white girl:-) The only colours that works are pale pink or very pale lavender...
Thank you for a interesting post.

Rachel Follett said...

I love the look of neutral spaces and I am always in awe how comfortable and clean they look but I always seem to want to add greens in my own space. I think if I had a separate beach house it would be in all neutral. I can picture it now.

Pearl Maple said...

Followed your link from Beach Vintage and enjoyed all of your posts. Having recently converted to the shades of cream your blog sure got me to thinking more on the subject. Thanks for sharing and brightening my day in all shades of neutral!