If you want to shop with me you better have your running shoes on.
In the search for additional pedestal table options for the Living Room Redesign I literally ran through nine stores in under three hours, including travel time. (Don't you want to hire me?)
As I was making my way through the list of stores I thought would be worth visiting I got more and more discouraged. There is so much out there that is poorly designed and made even worse. Seeing all this starts to take away any inspired feelings about creating a beautiful space.
At one stop, starting to get discouraged, I decided this table wasn't bad. Except what is that orange metallic circle hovering just below the glass? For two seconds I entertained painting the problem away.
Seeing an overpriced item discourages me as well.
Hey, this would be nice if it could just be supersized, without the price following suit.
As I quickly came to the end of my list of stores without any real possibilities I decided to drop into a store I rarely visit. Here you'll find Baker and McGuire, stuff I can't touch! But after all the junk I'd seen I thought I could use a dose of beauty to get back on track.
It worked. Seeing this Saarinen Table simply made me happy...perhaps I could find a really good knockoff at a great price. (HA!) No, the white base and marble would be too stark against all the creams in the room. Nevertheless, seeing this beautiful table got me inspired again.
Then I turned a corner and saw this Barbara Barry Scallop Pendant against this Red+Orange color I keep bumping into! Love at first sight I tell you. Again, not right for the space I'm working on but what a joy to encounter good design!
Now I could go home happy, empty handed, but happy.
My only issue, and I just have to share it, are sales people who treat you like you don't know anything. A very polite gentleman told me the Barbara Barry fixture was by another manufacturer, encouragingly told me it was currently 25% off and then proceeded to quote me a price $300 more than the retail price directly from Circa Lighting.
Is it no wonder I hear how much some of you dislike shopping?!