seeing red

by Grace Bonney


it’s odd to step back and look at your house from someone else’s perspective. after posting our house this week i’ve been so surprised to read people’s comments on other sites about all the red in our house. thankfully they’ve all been nice comments (thank you!) but i guess i never realized how much red was in the house until now. oddly enough, if you’d asked me what my least favorite color to put in a home was, i would have said red. but it looks like my subconscious has been answering differently. i went through the house last night mentally ticking off all the red in each room (one of the crazy things you do while waiting for your new server to kick on) and was shocked. i’m a red-a-holic! so i figured i’d round up some more beautiful red pieces from anthropologie to go with the crimson craze. the desk isn’t red but i think the warm wood goes so nicely with red. now i’m even thinking of painting our front door red…i’ll be sure to post the results if i do.

photo above, clockwise from top left: sculptor’s dinner plate ($56), intelligentsia desk ($1298), red and blue sandals ($29.95), buick red bread bin ($50), sunbury bowl ($4), cathay teapot ($98).

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  • Somehow I wound up with a ton of red in my house (especially in the kitchen), too, even though I’ve never really thought of myself as a red person. It always catches me off guard when someone mentions it, because I think of my house as being primarily white.

    (That desk is gorgeous.)

  • You know, I never was much on red either, but when we moved into our house, I got to chose the paint for our guest room with little interference from my husband. We already had tons of blue in the house and a good amount of green. He said he preferred red to orange so I went with it thinking “eh it’s the guest room, I don’t have to live in there”.

    Fastforward 18 months, and I am working form home, realizing that we never have guests. So the guest room has become my office. At first I was ready to repaint as it felt crowded. But now that we have removed the bedroom pieces, I am really digging it. I think it is going to be smashing once I get all of the pieces and accessories I want for this room to break up the red a bit.

  • I’m fairly addicted to red myself. In fact, there are times when I can’t leave the house until I have some red on me – even if nobody else can see it.
    Your house is gorgeous, by the way, as is your new glam website (yay, can stop using the yukky blog word)!

  • A touch of red is always fab, use to live in HK, so the red always remind how I’m connected with such a great culture and history:) Here’s the URL to a great furniture shop there, my awesome stylish mom lives over there and still send great care packages to the states to help me decorate. Red means happy and good luck to me always!

  • I am completely obsessed with that desk from Anthropologie — I saw it in a store in person last week — it’s completely stunning, and seems to be rather compact. I can’t even remotely afford it, but I will charge it to a credit card and pay it off in a year. I noticed that on on Anthro site it says “please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.” They can’t be serious — for those prices, I’m expecting same-day delivery via private helicopter.

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