I love mixing the rough with the smooth. It's an element of the unexpected, a bit haphazard, it automatically makes a space feel more relaxed, less sit-up-straight, more comfortable and cool.
A small corner of my home by way of example. Smooth luxe velvet sofa meets rough around the edges pallet coffee table. And while we're at it, lovely worn but newly polished wooden floorboards meet chunky concrete. Clearly a case of opposites not only attracting, but rubbing along quite nicely together too.
And talk about rough with smooth. A recent visitor was shocked - actually quite horrified I think - to see that I had repurposed an old Chinese chamber pot as a pot plant holder. Well, I'd like to think that I have indeed rescued it from a past life that is probably best not dwelt on for too long! Suffice to say that it deserves a nice view and a fragrant candle. It's also a great example of listening to your heart and not your head. Decorating from the heart, because I absolutely love my chamber pot, allows me to move on, and gives me the freedom to ignore any so-called rules or difficult considerations, and to trust my instincts.
(Incidentally, gorgeous Bonnie & Neil screenprint cushion from Small Acorns. Stunning roses photograph by Kari Herer.) Pin It