Creativity Before Consumption, Interiors

The Endless Pursuit of Originality

The illness I suffer from when it comes to interior decoration is called ‘Idon’twantthesameasanyoneelse-itis’. It’s a bit of a problem. The only cure I’ve found is customising everything I buy so that it becomes a one-off. I can’t buy anything off the shelf without painting it a different colour or changing the fabric or altering it in some way. I don’t buy duvet covers or pillows or curtains – I make them out of cool vintage sheets or shirts or blankets. I HATE to have the same things as other people. I really don’t know why and I realise it’s silly and it makes more work for me, but it’s how I’m wired.

Case in point below. Our old kitchen in LA:

In this particular case, there was nothing bought off the shelf anyway, but it was still tweaked in some way. (Another of my illnesses: ‘Ionlyshopatcharityshops-itis’.)

Wooden table – sanded down to look rough (and also left outside in the sun and rain for a bit too long)

White Ikea chairs – bought at a charity shop for $15 each and given new vintage fabric cushion covers

Stool – found on the street and given a sparkly silver seat

Light fixture – bought at a charity shop, originally brass, sprayed red and hung with bits of fabric sewn together

Wall – painted with chalkboard paint

Does anyone else suffer from this disease?

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2 Comments

  • Reply Carolyn Frizelle Smith July 17, 2012 at 7:15 am

    i wish i could be so original to be one of these people but alas I'm doomed to take ideas from fabulous ideaists like yourself to give my brain a rest from trying to re-invent the wheel! so thankyou for your gift of originality!!! 🙂 x

  • Reply Emily Henson July 19, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Thanks Carolyn! As you'll see from my post today, I also take other people's ideas. There's no shame in a bit of copying! Nothing's really original is it?
    Thanks for reading. x

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