Wednesday, September 19, 2012

why don't you...

Diana Vreeland, erstwhile fashion editor at Harper's Bazaar (ICDC's favorite fashion mag) and eventual editor-in-chief at Vogue, is a patron saint of sorts for this blog.

"You gotta have style. It helps you get down the stairs.  It helps you get up in the morning. It's a way of life. Without it you're nobody."

"The only real elegance is in the mind; If you've got that, the rest really comes from it."

"All my life I've pursued the perfect red. I can never get painters to mix it for me. It's exactly as if I'd said, 'I want Rococo with a spot of Gothic in it and a bit of Buddhist temple'"

Vreeland started her creative career writing a column entitled "Why don't you.."  In these musings, she invited the public to join her on "aventures" in search of meaning and to conquer banality:

"Why don't you… use a gigantic shell instead of a bucket to ice your champagne?"

"… paint a map of the world on all four walls of your boys’ nursery so they won’t grow up with a provincial point of view?"

"… tie black tulle bows on your wrists?"

"… wash your blond child's hair in dead champagne, as they do in France?"

"… wear violet velvet mittens with everything?"

"…have a room done up in every color green? This will take months, years, to collect, but it will be delightful—a melange of plants, green glass, green porcelains, and furniture covered in sad greens, gay greens, clear, faded, and poison greens?"

"… have an elk-hide trunk for the back of your car? Herm├Ęs of Paris will make this."

She was one crazy dame.  But her ideas were original and exciting.  And a lot of them were about repurposing what you already have..kind of like what ICDC hopes to help you do.

Why be held back by convention and common-sense when you can make your own imprimatur? 

Be too chic to care!

So, why don't you add a little style to your own life? 

What ugly ducklings are hiding around your apartment?  Perhaps an old sofa, one that is comfy and sturdy, but needs a facelift?

With a little vision, this monstrosity:


Can look like this:


A little velvet and a little magic was all that it needed!

And this piece:

Can look like this:

The opportunities are endless. There's nothing that some fabric, scissors and a trusty staple gun can't do!

photos of diana vreeland via  photos of sofas by ICDC.

If any of you are interested in learning more about Diana Vreeland, a new documentary called "The Eye Has to Travel" is being released Friday in theaters.  Details available at

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