December 1, 2011

Aussie Chic...

Okay, I'll admit it. I was supposed to be Christmas shopping this morning. I didn't mean to go wandering through those furniture shops imagining how fabulous all those lovely things would look in my house. Really, I didn't. And I only ended up buying a table runner so the damage wasn't too bad. I can always go Christmas shopping tomorrow.

But while I'm at it, I have a question. Can anyone tell me why nearly every homewares/furniture shop I went into was packed with decorator items of a French flavour? I'm talking chock-a-block full. Everywhere. I almost expected to hear 'Non, Je Ne Regret Rien' burst forth from the stores' music speakers, it was so prevalent.

Nothing personal against the French of course, I love France and her people (especially my French friends!) but for the life of me, I can't see why shops seem to think Australians want (or need) to fill their houses with metal replicas of the Eiffel Tower, framed prints of French cafe scenes, distressed French Provincial white furniture or fleur-de-lis print decorator pillows.

I mean, do we? I didn't think so but now....

Is it because designers think we need to make ourselves feel sophisticated? Spend 'X' amount of dollars, whack a French print up on the wall and voila! Behold your instant chic! Surely we are a little more refined than that. (Ignores the invariable 'Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oi Oi Oi!' chorus going on in the background, lol). Hmmm, who knows.

At any rate, I'll stick with my (mostly) unbreakable metal sculpture pieces, picture frames and candles. In a house full of boys, that's about as sophisticated as it gets around here.

2 comments:

  1. LOL! To be honest, we don't decorate our homes with these items either. And hey, why would we? We have the Eiffel Tower right here! *g*

    But in our furniture shops, we can find plenty of posters of views of New York, Time Square, or the Golden Gate Bridge. They're even selling trunks decorated with stickers of different cities in the US, so it seems like you've travelled all around the country. It's fun to look at, at the store, but I don't need to have this at home. I get what you mean in this post.

    I didn't even notice "we" were so present in Aussie furniture shops, though! Haha.

    Anyway, just wanted to stop by for some LOLz and share my two cents!

    Gros bisous! xx

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  2. Why am I not surprised that the French don't decorate their houses with this stuff - it'd be like we Aussies having stuffed kangaroos and boomerangs around the house, lol.

    There's obviously a very strong 'connection' between Australian and French cultures!

    Thanks for stopping by, darling. Your thoughts are always appreciated. :)

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