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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Affected or expressive?

House Beautiful.

Dumplings, how do we feel about tablescapes?

21 comments:

karly / design-crisis.com said...

whateves. but books with ropes draped over them are never ok.

I also have an aversion to fancy journals.

susieq said...

I go for tables both scaped + bare. But here's the worst happy-hands-at-home tablescape idea ever: http://tinyurl.com/ygzxp6q

sherri said...

tablescape? i learned a new word. and not feelin' anything staged looking.

Teri said...

icky and over thought

lucitebox said...

I fall victim to this act myself. It's one of the things I can't stand about myself. Why can't I have a table with just a lamp on it?

Oh, heavens!
It's a terrible thing that I must do.
And a pain in the ass to dust it, too!

(Fortunately, mine are never as painstakingly cluttered and considered as the one you've highlighted here.)

Cristin said...

feeling annoyed by the word 'tablescape'.

ita darling. said...

affected. that looks so purposefully selected based on a colorway, that it doesn't look meaningful or personal anymore. it just look like someone is merchandising their house. Only a good idea if your house is for sale.

ticklishfromadistance said...

The thing on the book bugs me. I hate it when there is crap on books that says do not open me.

mypoliticalexile said...

Everyone wants to be a stylist these days. Clearly it doesn't mean they should be. But if you spend enough time in a Pottery Barn or Williams Sonoma, or studying their catalogs you can certainly fake it. And it will feel staged, like this photo.

only a movie said...

Also annoyed by that word.

Sol Kawage said...

things that look like one is trying to hard are hard to like.

Daine said...

I think of tablescapes referring to a dining table and my answer is NO. That "scape" is OK but too cluttered. I say take a few things off. Who wants to dust that mess??

Anne (in Reno) said...

Does somebody live here? Does somebody read these books? I hate this kind of crap.

But I also do all the dusting around here.

Camilla @ Designalogue Blog said...

I confess, Im a table-scaper.
I just cant leave a table top bare -it would be just too lonely.

drollgirl said...

well i give the title/concept of this post a fucking 10!!! god, you are hilarious! i am laughing. really laughing. and thank you for that.

amy @ switz~art said...

i am too practical for this shit.

nkp said...

I'm a confessed tablescaper. As much as I try, I simply can not take the hands off approach. That said, I don't like it when the set-up looks contrived, too intentional, or staged. Items should complement one another, speak of the owner, their history and story...not look like a shop display. I loved the home in HB from which you pulled this shot. But this tablescape just screams, "for sale!" The shells do NOT have to coordinate with the books.

And that's my two cents. ;0)

Keri Batchelder Hoffman said...

Don't like them. It's too staged.

Raina Cox said...

SusieQ - Oh yeah. No. Just "no."

roomsandgardens5 said...

I believe that the thing on the zebra book is an old Hermes chaine d'ancre bracelet.

Raina Cox said...

Hello roomsandgraden5 and welcome to this deliciousness!