Conspicuous consumptionJun 08, 2011
I watched Million Dollar Decorator last night regrettably infact as I think I have no hair left having pulled it all out in utter frustration at the schemes and installations by a group of rather respected US designers â the million dollar decorating set. Weâve all worked on million dollar budgets â the skill (at least for me) is making them as un million dollarish in feel as possibleâ by that I mean not just showcasing the usual suspects from design centres, co-ordinating them all together in a beige haze of nothingness and creating a show home fit for the pages of Architectural Digest. Or as in the case of Cherâs pad (momentarily featured) so darn over the top and crazy it actually made me run for the wine bottle (even though Iâm supposed to be detoxing).Â If that wasnât bad enough after working on the Cher monstrosity home it lead to a whole group of other celebs commissioning the very same designer Mon Dieu! Too impersonally perfect homes make me want to put my Plan B plan in action immediately (relocate to Tuscany, keep bees and tend to a vegetable patch) and not look at another TV programme, design mag again. Having money doesnât mean that medieval castle theme will ever look good, (forget themes) ostentatious /gaudy and as over the top as possible doesnât equal good taste.The most beautiful homes and I quote â are those that are modest, that fit into their surroundings and are supplied with just enough panache for each celebrity to call that house a homeâ Couldnât have said it better myself. Discussion over , below a beautiful beautiful home officeÂ stylish, sophisticated, and bling less, sometimes less is actually more.