"It's better to be ridiculous than to be boring," said Marilyn Monroe. Allegedly. Right before she was wheeled off in a straight jacket.*
Whether or not they were her exact words is debatable. But I don't think you can really argue with the sentiment. That's why I've decided to adopt it as my style memo. At least for this week. It's my 11th commandment; Thou Shalt Not Bore.
So for another accessorising idea that could never be described as boring: Rubber Duck lights in your kitchen. Like, who does that?
Um, all I can say is, it's unlikely you'll know the joy of a string of rubber ducks lighting up your kitchen until you have a string of rubber duck lighting up your kitchen.
I stumbled upon the joy by accident really. I was clearing out the attic and found a box of stuff from George's nursery. Since I couldn't persuade him to have them back (and I was going through a major yellow crush at the time) I strung them up defiantly in the kitchen. And here they've stayed.
Look, I'm not saying wooooaaaahhhh aren't I just the coolest mum and the craziest decorator or anything. I really don't think that's a statement you can make with a string of light up rubber ducks.
What I'm trying to say here is that playful interiors kind of make for a happier and far less boring place to be. If you find stuff in the attic that makes you smile, get it out there. Even if it's a bit ridiculous. Do you get my drift?
These ducks remind me of the first decorating job I took seriously. My first baby's bedroom. He never slept in there of course. He wouldn't sleep anywhere unless he was clinging to me. Which makes me wonder... you don't think he was scared of the mad string of ducks hanging over him do you? Jeeezzzzzz.... If only I'd made his bedroom boring.
Maybe you oughta try bunny rabbits instead. Nobody's scared of little white bunnies, right?
Got any childish lights or quirky accessories that look better for being in the wrong room? Let me know what you think to this idea and any others that I've been playing about with this week. As always, it would be great to hear from you.
*As far as I am aware Marilyn Monroe was neither medically insane, nor ridiculous.