Last year, I had very little space to bring home Hungarian souvenirs so I bought (what I thought were) a few small treasures - gems! - including a few handmade cotton blouses (they shrunk), a pretty felt coin purse (too pretty to use), a handmade bracelet (doesn't go with anything) and a gorgeous horn hair comb, bought from a Hungarian artisan who handcrafted each piece. I do a lot of messy updos, so I thought I'd be a perfect candidate for this comb, but I never have the time to fuss with it. If I do, I end up feeling silly and pry it back out of my hair.
It is a fun reminder of this super packed folk art market, though:
Sometimes I hit the nail on the head. The water colour from Paris is still much loved. The tray in our bathroom is also from Paris and, although nothing special, is a daily reminder of our trip and an item we sorely needed (it protects the marble from cans of hairspray and the like). I think the trick is to buy something I would have wanted to buy at home - something on the "need-ish want" list (like my new cellphone case).
But Mom also has a good idea: investing in something really "Hungarian" that will make a nice design statement at home. She bought four of these gorgeous, handcut felt wool pillow covers (done in a traditional Hungarian style). Remember I regretted not buying a few last year? This is a dying craft and looks so amazing in real life because of the intricate detail and texture. The set (all the same cream on cream) will look fabulous on a sofa, across a bed, or split up across two armchairs. Drool.
I think I might also splurge and buy a few (they are less than $50.00 a piece). They might live in the guest bedroom (where they will be safe!). Or maybe in the office, on the antique chest? One day, I could move them to the living room. They are so beautiful, I just don't want to miss out this time (although I'm still undecided if they really suit the townhouse). But here's the cool part: I can order a custom set! Which is good, because none of the pre-made ones really suit the townhouse:
So let's chat about the custom option. I always love your wisdom. When I asked for help with the fireplace decor, I went with the most common reply: "put a mirror above the mantle," and, although I put my own spin on it, I'm so happy I called on you for advice.
The possibilities are endless:
|Photos from Parna|
See what I mean? I am agonizing about this, but I hate to spend the money and end up not liking them. I went back to the shop multiple times and snapped photos of items made from my shortlist of felt choices, with some design options listed beside.
|The white is really a creamy white, like Mom's pillows.|
As a reminder, this is the pattern:
Thoughts?? Do they even suit my style at all? This pillow decision is giving me a headache.