I feel a change in the look of the antique market again. You know how Rachel Ashwell changed antiquing forever with her whimsical, romantic style of white, white, white furniture, well back in the day you could paint dirt white and it would sell, but today, I think we have a more sophisticated shopper. This new women is not afraid to take risks with architectural pieces, funky artsy pieces, metals mixed with woods, anything that adds focal point to a room. It's not all about having all golden oak or all walnut or all white. You're mixing all woods to create a palette all your own...a statement to who you are and where you are going.
I see it in the younger girls too, wanting to create their own look, to identify them from the masses. Retro mixed with Victorian, institution furniture, anatomy class pieces, anything out of the norm, taxidermy, even 'cracked baby doll heads'...aka Chippys and that wonderful Bohemian look of Magnolia Pearl. Sure it's not for everyone, especially if your're married to a traditional kind guy, but just go crazy with the look...if you dare.
But most of all, I think we are after that comfort zone, since more and more people are staying home, due to high gas and everything else for that fact, I think they want that zone where they can feel unfettered by the rat race on the outside...their comfort zone. Maybe they want that feeling of the olden days, when things were slower paced and gave you that close knit family feeling. I don't know for sure, but it just feels different to me...and frankly, I am just getting sick of painting white...gimme chippy old paint any day!
I sure hope so, cause that to me IS real comfort...my own lil' home to make me yearn to be inside, that 'can't wait to get home' kinda feelin', makes ya just feel all tingly inside...know what I mean.