Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Just like that

Have you ever come across something that you absolutely love, something that is so YOU, that there isn't one single thing that you'd change about it? It's rare for me, but it does happen. Most recently, I "discovered" some amazing ikat plates that were exactly my style. It was love at first sight, but I didn't take the plunge. Instead I hemmed and hawed for a few weeks - I've really been trying hard to make smart purchases & return less. Then one day last week while browsing after work, I stumbled across them again only to find that they were nearly sold out. Well that did it- they HAD to be mine.

found here

I was so psyched. They were just the inspiration I had been longing for. But when I got up to the cash register the store associate made a comment about these exact plates being featured in Elle Decor and how popular they had become and my heart sank. Did I really want the same thing that everyone else has? How unfair! I had fallen in love with them knowing nothing about their popularity. And now just like that I was falling out of love because too many other people were also in love? Do I really think that I am so unique that no one else shares my style? Silly, I realize, but I guess I sort of do did.

Have you ever tried to convince yourself to change your mind just because you wanted to be different? Now that I think about it, it's happened to me more than once. But should I even care? Deep in my heart of hearts, I knew those plates were so me, so why should I fight it? Who cares if someone else like them too? They can make me happy just the same. And surely I'll use them in a way that is unique to me. So after almost returning them, I've decided to hold onto the plates and even find myself revisiting some old loves that I almost gave away.

I'm convinced that no matter how popular they become, there are just somethings that I'll never let go of. Here are a few.

Otomi textiles


Hicks Hexagon

Cane chairs

Ombre paint finishes


Leather Captain's mirrors

Anything & Everything striped


What about you? What will you always love?


Natalie said...

That's exactly how I felt when I fell in love with Polish Pottery after visiting Germany and buying a bunch of pieces and then seeing that Costco was selling it.  COSTCO!  Mass produced Polish Pottery.  The shame.

Krista said...

Oh! I just googled Polish Pottery Natalie, and I likey! I think it's classic enough that you're good to go with it - the same happened to me and Mexican Talavera pottery.  Unfortunately the real deal is too spendy for my budget and the fake is really fake looking!