Every now and then I pick up a huge stack of fashion magazines and flip through them, going back and forth between oohing, ahhing and cringing at some of the things I see inside. During my most recent fashion binge I found myself constantly bugging Amy across the table to ask her if she would actually wear, carry or try something I was looking at on a page. Then I started wondering what the home world equivalent would be. White couches? Wallpaper borders? Books organized by color? There were endless ideas that we’ve seen done well (and not so well) strewn across the design blog world that made me wonder whether or not people actually would be willing to try these in their home. So over our lunch break, Max, Amy and I took a second to brainstorm a long list of design styles, looks and products we’re either curious about or perplexed by to see what YOU guys thought of them. Would you be willing to try them or invest in them? We’ll find out. I’ve always wondered what the line between Pin-worthy and purchase-worthy was, so this mini-series will be an attempt to find out what people love to admire and what they actually try at home.
Today’s first trend is something we’ve seen in a few home tours here and there, but primarily as a look that gets pinned or discussed as a goal or whimsical design dream: swings in homes. I’m not talking about front porch swings or the kind meant for children in the back yard (or the kind Samantha was into on Sex and The City). I’m talking a full-fledged “grown up” swing hung in your living room, bedroom or anywhere else it mingles with everyday ground-dwelling chairs and tables. We loved the look so much we installed one in our office, but that’s when we discovered that they can be a little risky (try explaining that decorating choice to your insurance company) and difficult to install if you don’t know what’s above your ceiling. So I wondered: have you tried this at home? Would you? Or is this a look best left to “magazine homes” or as something that’s inspirational and fun to look at, but not the most practical. The gate is open and the comment section (and poll) is ready for your two cents. xo, grace