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Friday, June 4, 2010

Everything old is new again


The current rage for French grain sack pillows confounds me. Especially when these former feed holders sell for upwards of $150 a pop. I get that the French Country resurgence of the late 1990s is running out of steam. The roosters, pears, and Eiffel Towers are so dated even the zebra rugs turn their backs (see what I did there?). Restoration Hardware and Ballard Designs had to reinvent the trend as "Belgian" to keep their customers coming back.


But seriously, three figures for a slightly dusty maybe moldy old scrap of farmyard detritus?


Someone needs to explain to me why when a McMansion-livin' Hummer-drivin' housewife spies something with French words on it, she looses her merde.

Desire to Inspire.

But then again, how chic were those pillows were back in the 1970s?

17 comments:

ticklishfromadistance said...

Hahahahhaahah! I am with you, sweet. Have never understood it myself.

Real Estate Resuscitation said...

Don't get me started on the Restoration Hardware Belgium greyness they have going on right now. The colorlessness of their current offerings make me feel very unwell. I like those pillows in theory, but not enough to buy any which must mean I don't get it either.
Sharon

nkp said...

We may not be in tune over the gallery walls, but I'm up in arms with you over the grain sacks. Don't get it. I loose my merde over them, but for entirely differnt reasons. The price tags are ridiculous. And I think you nailed it on RH and Ballard. No fooling MamaCox!

kristina said...

my sentiments exactly. and what is UP with the rh catalogs of late? except i do want a versailles domed chair... not sure where i'd put it, but i want one.

erin@designcrisis said...

My mom had a feedsack dress that always enraged me. These pillows take me back to the bad place.

David said...

I'll admit that I like the stripes, but the other prints just seem too faux.

There's a seller on ebay with some linen with a black stripe that I love, I'd make a couple pillows if I could figure out where to use them.

Appletree said...

well played, well played

Petra Voegtle said...

Hmmm - I already said some time ago - that I am apparently in the wrong business - hahaha -
But honestly, Raina, I do not understand the whole hype at all about french furniture, french dressing, french tableware, french house, french style, french food (much too fat!) and french men - hopelessly over-estimated. But then I am European and completely affiliated to my British (a true Londoner) hubby...

Squeak said...

I was beginning to think I was the only one who thought this trend was stupid. I just don't get the appeal of dusty-looking burlap. Nor do I understand the appeal of dreary grey furniture, subway signs or suzanis. I'll be glad when this trend dies a natural death (hopefully soon) and we're on to something a little more uplifting.

DREAMER'S DEN said...

i didn't think they used the actual old grainsacks.
do they? either way, I'd prefer a silk or cotton pillow any day!!
(.....and french words on a pillow are still a NO)

Teri said...

I like them, in small doses. And, I do not get the prices. In my house, sofa pillows are thrown on the floor, laid on, slobbered one, spilled on, and that's just my husband! Not even thinking about the kids and dog.

I will spend money for things I like, but I will not spend ridiculous amounts of money on a fad or a pillow (except the hand embroidered one on my bed.)

And, I might like them, but will not embrace them while they are the all over PB, RH, and Ballards.

susieq said...

I was on the restoration hardware site yesterday and was shocked. The entire site (or most of it) is that belgian look. They're staking everything on it. My MIL works at a swedish antiques shop. Everything in there just makes me drool. Especially the palette of chromatic neutrals. But the entire grainsack thing is mystifying. You nailed it!

my favorite and my best said...

agreed. grainsack=ballsack.

Alexis said...

I think that if you live on a French farm in the 1800's and you have some extra feedsacks lying around, you should absolutely make pillows out of them.

I don't mind the pillows themselves so much, but I am really opposed to paying a fortune for things that our Grandmothers did to be thrifty. Just dumb.

Paul Anater said...

Speaking of losing one's merde and excuse me for posting a link to myself, but there's a vintage penguin guano sack in this post: http://www.kitchenandresidentialdesign.com/2009/03/i-can-make-dress-out-of-feed-bag-and-i.html

Now that's a vintage linen I can get behind! How cool is that? "Oh yes, my throw pillows once hauled penguin shit." Love!

Shelley Trbuhovich said...

couldn't agree more - and quite frankly, the french don't get it either!

Naomi@ThirteenandSouth said...

blech. I like a little belgian-linen for my chair upholstery, but I want my pillows to be fun and colorful. This just says drab city to me. And I hate words on stuff. Walls, pillows, plates, purses, even most t-shirts, actually. Stick to patterns, please.