Friday, April 17, 2009

Who Lives Here?

Oh, Rug Company! You torment me, you really do. I could feast on your catalog all day. Who takes your photos? Where are all these stunning locations? Every spread is so tantalizing that I can't help but play my favorite game...

Who lives here?
A twenty-something journalist who just returned to Paris after a two year stint in Tokyo, where she ran a weekly podcast about Japanese fashion called "Cherry Blossom Girl."

Who lives here?
A hot young show runner for a top 10 comedy show. This is his home office. He deliberately specified that the curtains pool on the ground at exactly that length. He hates the desk, but it'll do for now. These little details are why he makes the big bucks.

Who lives here?
A newly married couple who just moved into this ancestral home in Cheshire. He plans to turn it into a boutique hotel for London's media elite. She's an ex-model who's currently developing a line of organically sustainable hand cream. This morning as she gathered the flowers for the windowsill, she thought, "I miss my friends."

Who lives here?
A stressed-out fashionista. She just moved into this Milanese apartment after a messy breakup and wants to spiritually declutter her life. She's into spare white spaces now...because her personality is colorful enough.

Who lives here?
The son of an international media kingpin. His father disowned him when he found out he wanted to be a tattoo artist -- thank goodness for that trust fund. He just bought this loft in Boerum Hill and is going through a big Sex Pistols phase.

Who lives here?
A massive rock star whose extracurricular exploits usually end up as headline news. He's currently entertaining a couple of visitors in the next room. Shhh. Let's leave them be.

20 comments:

CashmereLibrarian said...

That's so fun! I do this all the time--especially when walking through neighborhoods/cities I've never been before.

ArchitectDesign said...

haha -i love that you do this. I always find myself making up little stories about houses I see in catalogs and magazines as well!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Oh my gosh, my favourite game to play!! I do this all the time. Were you an only child too??

Jeanne said...

Such an inventive post and a fantastic read as always. I'm besotted with Period Living mazagine - not sure if you get that in the States? Great rugs too!xx

pve design said...

please. tell me more. I want to know where the people live, the ones that write for things like those tabloids. I am a tabloid - junkie. Who knew?
Please pop over as I would not want you to miss out on the fab friday, all about putting your best face forward.
happy weekend.
pve

C.T. said...

Stefan asks himself that question every now and than when he enters our house. I just can't leave my furniture on the same place for 6 months in a row. And I am sure I'm not the only one!!!!

Laura [What I Like] said...

Man I wish I was that stressed out fashionista...what light! And by the way, you are taunting me with that union jack rug...how I covet it!

Mrs. Blandings said...

I was just looking at the catalogue this week and marveling at the styling. I do love stopping in here.

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Anzu said...

Very entertaining!

Lee said...

I think your 'who lives here?' analysis was spot on in every case! You've whet my appetite to know more about their 'lives'. Great game!!

Tricia said...

Bravo! Next time you're stuck in California traffic, look into the car at your right and play "That driver subscribes to BLANK magazines." A hoot.

g. said...

Great post! Reminds me of driving around late at night and getting a glimpse into people's lives from the steet. Naughty and fun!

Elizabeth said...

HOW FUN!!!

two hippos said...

I just adore the rug comapany and have my eye on one design for home as soon as all the builders move out. I can tell you the location for the first photo though, its Eltham Palace. Just the most perfect Art Deco interior.

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti said...

Two Hippos: I LOVE that you know that!

the sweet life with olives said...

just found your blog today... LOVE. can't wait to look at back posts. i've been drooling over rug company scenes for years. Another good dream 'scene setter' is Frette. Their catalogue from last year featured the most decadent & dreamy Italian villas, apts and even a Swiss chalet, complete with imaginary inhabitants wrapped in the silkiest of sheets. so pretty i can't bring myself to throw it out!

Jennifer said...

great blog, great writing..I identify!!

Decoratrix said...

Bill Batten (he has shot for World of Interiors for 20 or more years) takes the pictures for the Rug Company.

PS You described Laurie Colwin as a 'food writer' but I hope you have read her novels? They are wonderful.

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