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?