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Faced with renovating a crumbly brick townhouse in Manhattan's East Village, and building a home for her children that they could participate, ex Kate Spade partner Pamela Bell abandoned the tendency to create a "trophy home" and invited her daughter's 7th grade class to graffiti her John Derian muslin sofa with fabric markers. The result is an example of ideal imperfection, the kind that's engaging because of its flaws, that wins you over because it can't be reproduced. Bell's home is full of furnishings with this laissez-faire attitude towards design — spray-painted bittersweet from the farmers market for a chandelier, a pile of suitcases for a side table, walls embellished with Marimekko stickers, and a chalkboard-covered fridge — and it's all the better for it. Read more about it in The New York Times' "When Perfect Is Not the Goal."
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CannavaroLover CannavaroLover 8 years
OMG squaters attacked this furniture!
nancita nancita 8 years
Cool! Casa when you were describing this to me, I was having a hard time picturing it but it's elegant and funky. Love it.
Home Home 8 years
Hi KrisSugar, I'd assume it wouldn't rub off because fabric markers were used. And yes, the chandelier could be a fire hazard, unless LED lights were used. I love the Urban Outfitters lights, as well! Especially, used against that fancy Chinoiserie wallpaper. Cheers, Casa
KrisSugar KrisSugar 8 years
i think this is cute, but two things I noticed: can you even sit on the furniture? was it treated after they decorated it, or are you taking a chance having magic marker rub off all over your clothes? second, the chandelier in the living room is super cool, but I wouldn't string christmas lights up with a bunch of dry, grassy plant material. sounds like a fire waiting to happen! other than that, I think it is all very cool! I love the urban outfitters 3d chandeliers!
KrisSugar KrisSugar 8 years
i think this is cute, but two things I noticed: can you even sit on the furniture? was it treated after they decorated it, or are you taking a chance having magic marker rub off all over your clothes? second, the chandelier in the living room is super cool, but I wouldn't string christmas lights up with a bunch of dry, grassy plant material. sounds like a fire waiting to happen!other than that, I think it is all very cool! I love the urban outfitters 3d chandeliers!
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 8 years
I'm all for imperfection but that looks like something you'd find in a crack house.
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