I have come to realize that Pottery Barn's genius is in providing a neutral backdrop with their products that serves as the canvas for your home. Their pieces do have charm, but the soul has to come from us. It's not the lovely wood grain on the table that makes a home, it's the food we serve on the table, and the items we choose to serve that food in. It's not a certain poster print that everyone else has - or maybe it is, if that's what means something to us. What makes a home is the crayon drawings on the refrigerator and the dog bowls on the floor. And to the extent that we can make good design choices with those personal touches, all the better. Maybe you frame the child's drawing and feed the dog from hand thrown pottery. This parallels another concept I often struggle with: how to give new homes more personality. Our home isn't very new, but it certainly isn't very old and doesn't include many of the architectural details of an older home. I should count myself lucky, though, in that I can add many of those details over time, choose which elements of character I want, and add them onto a solid foundation and neutral background. A final note - I had heard from one of my featured Etsy sellers that the shelter industry and fashion industry were trending toward vintage. I think the September 2009 catalog from Pottery Barn bears this out, and I am grateful to be on the cutting edge of a trend. Though I plan to continue to use vintage accents and personal items to spruce up my home long after it goes out of style.
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