Since in my Van Winkled state I'm not supposed to take in information about new products, our mail box, which is stuffed Monday through Saturday with staple bound, pre-Christmas enticements, presents a special problem.
I miss those catalogues even as I trek out to the garage and dump them, unread, into the recyling bin. They say to me in deep inks and bright images, Let's imagine...
A Discovery on the Web
I was intrigued when a friend wrote on her blog about a website she'd discovered that uses home decor-slash-lifestyle catalogs as a point of departure for some skewed re-envisionings.
The author creates in caption form the life of an invisible couple named Gary and Elaine.The couple lives in a house that is furnished by the sometimes eccentric designers at Pottery Barn, Wisteria, West Elm, Restoration Hardware, Plow and Hearth and so on.
I enjoy this website. It's funny. To me anyway. Others' experience may vary. However, those who wish to see for themselves can go to Catalog Living.
My One-Off Tribute
Imitation, as the world knows, is the sincerest form of flattery. As long as I'm not allowed to read catalogues, I thought I'd have fun with an old one I have lying around and pay homage to Catalog Living. All images in this first of a two-part series are taken from the August CB2 (Crate and Barrel 2) catalogue. - V.W.
Augustus wanted to believe it was just Helga's peripatetic taste in decor when the suitcases appeared at the foot of the bed, but he couldn't help thinking of her long-lasting struggle with commitment which had first begun to manifest itself when she leaped from the window of the honeymoon suite in Cozumel.
After a couple of carafesof Chablis followed by shots of single malt Scotch whiskey, Penelope and Amadeus liked to enjoy a robust game of Wine Bottle Darts in the living room.
The wallboard was wet. The mold appeared. Onemakes lemonade out of lemons. Helga and August color coordinated appropriately. Sweet dreams!