I didn’t memorialize it here but I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t buy anything for the new house until I got there. That promise went out the window with the purchase of the perfect pineapple lamp from Pier One last week
And then, today. Today I bought the perfect side table. I HAD to buy it today because I have been watching this for a few days and it was selling out at various locations day by day. Don’t you agree that any self respecting British Colonial-phile worth their salt would not have waited? I know you do. It has a compelling aesthetic. That alone is worth the price to me.
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Pretentious People With Very Good Taste
Suzette: (answers a knock at the door) “Darling, do come in and sit down. I’ve set out some cocktail nuts in a monogrammed silver porringer on a side table next to your seat”.
Visitor: “On my! What a charming little bamboo-inspired table!”
Suzette: “Oh, yes isn’t it? I do believe that it has quite a compelling aesthetic.”
Okay. That’s it now. No more shopping until I move in to the new house. I swear. My Jacksonville brother-in-law is a master of the estate sale strategy. While we were down there, we went to see his new house. He had been in it less than a week and it was already 75% furnished with high-end stuff. The 8 silk-covered dinner chairs were less than I paid for this little table. Not that I was extravagant – that’s just how good he is at holding out for a bargain. So I think I can learn some lessons from him when it comes to buying cane wing chairs and an honest-to-gawd credenza. Perhaps a potted palm wouldn’t be amiss either.
Apparently, estate sales in Florida are laden with potted palms. I hope I come across a moody painting of a heron, too. That is an essential element of my decor planning. Unless I’m thinking of an egret?
Also get this: the brother-in-law’s new girlfriend is from south America so maybe she knows how to make Papas de la Huancaina.
Question: How many pineapple lamps can a person own before crossing over the line into self-parody? 3? 4? Surely not 1.Because I know where I can get a small Waterford pineapple lamp that would be ideal for near the new front door.