I’m sure as an interior decorator I get annoyed and excited about certain things that other people outside of the design field don’t even think about. So, instead of bugging Jon with my rants I decided that we should all chat about things and keep the conversation going.
1st topic on Design Dish is when our favorite design products/trends hit main steam. Case in point back in 2007 I stumbled upon this numbered print from The Keep Calm Gallery now The Calm Gallery.
At the time I immediately fell in love with the print. I’ve always had a fascination with all things British and I loved the message of the print. I tend to be a bit high strung at times and can get anxious and stressed out easily. I liked the idea of hanging the print in my house and having a little reminder to just breath and continue on with my day and not stress or get overwhelmed.
It’s been hanging in my house since 2007 and for the longest time any one that walked in my house thought it was so cool, unique, different and of course wanted to know the story behind it.
Then a couple of years ago it hit mainstream and it hit hard. Once I see something I love while walking the aisles of Bed Bath and Beyond I know it’s over. It’s one thing when etsy shops are continuing the trend, but when it’s available at big box retailers everyone and their grandmother know about it. Nothing special about my numbered print straight from London. No one knows I knew it about it before it was on coffee cups, magnets, cell phone cases.
I’ve been toying with taking it down and I threaten to all of the time, but a part of me still loves it so it always stays.
How do you feel when your design favorites hit the main stream? I think it’s great that good design is available for all and at all price points, but I must admit it is a bit sad when it’s everywhere and the special feeling you had about it is gone.
What is your Keep Calm and Carry on? I can’t be the only one who thinks about these things at night.