Thursday, January 26, 2012

Channelling my inner Steve Jobs

For the past nine months, our TV has sat on a dubious-looking hand-me-down coffee table. The coffee table underwent an ill-advised makeover a few years ago - courtesy of moi.  We took it off my parents' hands, painted the walnut wood white, and replaced the two glass panes with yellow, blue and teal glass tile.  Over time, we realized the error of our ways.  Although it was a fun DIY at the time, it's certainly not timeless, and for a bit more alliteration, it's a bit tacky.  Not to mention the fact that you can see all the wires hanging down below it.

Every time I come across a proper media console I like, I mull it over forever.  It either ends up being sold out, or I start doubting if I'm making the right decision and do nothing.

The above 'archive credenza' from CB2 was my latest crush. I loved the bright yellow pulls and that the doors actually look like drawers when closed.  However, when I looked a bit closer I noticed that the description read, "wall-mounted TV recommended. Holds up to 27lbs." That wasn't going to cut it.

It was so much easier when we bought everything from Ikea.  Ikea furniture doesn't cost much, so cognitive dissonance isn't really an issue.  If you change your mind in a few years, no biggie - you can buy something else. Now that I'm trying to buy quality furniture that will hopefully last a lifetime I get nervous about making a decision and parting with my dough.

I start to wonder just how long we'll be without a proper console as the room looks incomplete (first world problems...I know)But I felt a little more normal when I read an article about Steve Jobs in the New Yorker recently. 

Apparently Jobs and I have something in common.  When he and his wife first married in the early 90s, they didn't rush out to buy a bunch of furniture. "He needed things to be perfect, and it took time to figure out what perfect was," wrote the author, Malcolm Gladwell.  Jobs' previous home before his marriage had only a mattress, a table and chairs. "We spoke about furniture in theory for eight years," his wife Laurene Powell said. "We spent a lot of time asking ourselves, 'what is the purpose of a sofa?'"

I think my issue is that I haven't been able to define my sense of style. I love uber modern, but I also love a classic French bistro-style kitchen. I love industrial-style lofty spaces, but also love a cosy living room with a roaring fire and coffered ceiling. I'm all over the map.

Tommy Smythe recently finished a stunning top-to-bottom design of a home in Toronto.  His quote in House & Home about what his clients wanted pretty much sums up what I'm looking for.  "They just wanted it done right...they wanted a house that was modern, youthful and colourful but classic enough that they wouldn't have to redo it - maybe ever." 

He makes it sound so easy :)


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