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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Nothing less than perfect will do

Los Angeles Times.

Dumplings, sometimes when I'm looking for lovely pictures to post for your pleasure, I run across a photo that is almost - but not quite - deliciously perfect. Like the one above. I was diggin' everything (including the horseshoe bench) until I spotted the Buddha head print. *sigh*

Marie Claire Maison.

Pretty much everything here is cool, save the wallpaper situation. Honestly, what in the world gets in people's heads sometimes? And it's not even a great paper.

Marie Claire Maison.

This "2001: A Space Odyssey" kitchen/lounge is bold, simple and clean. Except for the poor dude who got caught in the transporter malfunction. Wait - am I mixing my sci fi references?

So, fellow design bloggers, how often does this happen to you?

The not-quite-perfect photo issue, not the getting-trapped-in-the-drywall problem.

24 comments:

Sol Kawage said...

I remember a super cool house featured in AT where this guy had excellent taste in everything, but a despicable taste in dictators. (Warhol's Mao lithographs in the living room)

The Shiny Pebble said...

Not a designer blogger, but I just had to comment on the NO GO for the books walpaper, either.

ModFruGal said...

Exactly...the faux library offends me far more than a buddha.

susieq said...

My mouse-clicking fingers start to twitch and my mind starts planning my Photoshopping of the offensive item. Zap! Gone.

GiniGL said...

You just crack me up ROFLMAO!

nkp said...

Clearly Susie needs to tutor me on removal of the offensive via Photoshop because this happens to me all the time. And by my strict standards I just pass. By the way, that bench is awesome.

jules @ The Diversion Project said...
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Karena said...

Exactly, and it is like "What the....!!"

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srb30a said...

i'm curious as to the hate on buddhas. i can take it or leave it in this picture, but i don't find it necessarily offensive. thank goodness for chocolate and vanilla.

i do love your posts. you have such a clear eye and ability to cut to the chase. it's nice to read commentary about design that doesn't seem catty andmean spirited.

phillip

Raina Cox said...

srb30a - No Buddha hate on my part, just tired of seeing "ethnic" religious references in the homes of white people. Now, I could be incorrect and the homeowner is actually a practicing Buddhist. Then more power to her.

BTW - Hello and welcome to this deliciousness!

DREAMER'S DEN said...

what if one took a photograph (a very lovely photograph, actually) of a buddha from a well-known japanese garden? Cropped perfectly and nicely framed....
do I get a pass?

Raina Cox said...

Dreamer's Den - Of course! I'd even keep mum if you hung Orla Kiely wallpaper behind it.

Cashon&Co said...

i'm totally confused by the second one. but i like the last pic!that would be fun to stay in for a hotel for a day or something. ps. i just tagged you :)

Tracy said...

Yes, often one thing seems weird in a room, and that throws the whole vibe off.
Personally, the hairy thing on the bench bothers me way more than the random seeming Buddha.
The second room is just odd.
The last one bothers me just because the weird 'art' piece looks like a Britto, and with him being localish and way overused here (not to mention I wouldn't want it hanging in my dwelling), just makes me say, "ICK." Though I love the hilarious 'transporter malfunction' reference!! Who wants an accident in their home?

sherri said...

the buddha image doesn't bug me but maybe just cause i am digging that documentary on the buddha so much right now. having said that, i won't be hanging a picture of him up in my den. Not feeling the red couch in the kitchen. too poufy and too red.

ClarityK (Sarah) said...

Ha - I'd just crop out the transporter malfunction and keep the 2001 - love it. For me too the buddha is insignificant compared with the book wallpaper and the woolly thing on the bench.
While I'm happy to crop from time to time, I think it would be immoral to do any other photoshopping - if I'm borrowing people's images it doesn't seem fair to change them to suit my taste.
Great post

Raina Cox said...

Tracy - Hello and welcome to this deliciousness!

Miss Lexy said...

Way too often - a tacky bedspread, god-damned wooden words or letters on bookcases... sometimes it feels like designers get bored half way through and just rush the end. x_x

erin@designcrisis said...

I pretty much just ignore the stuff I hate (or, more likely, I make fun of it), because I am too damn lazy to shop around for THE ONE.

If it sounds like I am talking about Ben, I am not.

FROM THE RIGHT BANK said...

I know exactly what you mean. Everything is just perfect and then wham! Something just ruins the whole thing. I hate when that happens.

Sketch42 said...

Those are big problems. Not little ones.

Raina Cox said...

Miss Lexy - Hello and welcome to this deliciousness!

Mackenzie {Design Darling} said...

and i thought i was the only one mental enough to resist posting rooms because of this or that detail! you crack me up.

Lady from Connecticut said...

This Marie Claire situation makes me think that the bathrooms are not going to work very well and that I won't get a good bath. It gives me the willies circa 1968 right around the student riots in Paris.