In 1936, Diana Vreeland began a column in Harper's Bazaar tilted "Why Don't You…" which dispensed inspirational tidbits in her typically broad style. Such bons mots included: "Why don't you…tie black tulle bows on your wrists?" "…wash your child's hair in champagne?" "…build a private staircase from your bedroom to your library and cover the stairs in needlepoint?" "…have your bed made in China?" The column was widely read, ridiculed and imitated.
I wonder if we could start the same thing at Color Therapy, and let me fire the opening salvo: why don't you paint your drab little closet bright green??
A dear friend's mother wanted the inside of her closet painted bright green after a flood, and light bulbs went off in my head—why not? It would be like opening a little brown box and discovering jewels inside set on striped satin. This is the brightest color in the apartment, and the color itself looks exactly like Kermit the frog.
So I put it to you: if you have anything rare and wonderful, unusual or unexpected, send it in. Send me your pink radiators, your sapphire ceilings, your chartreuse cellars. I'll start with color items, and if we get enough entries we'll start a separate column at Apartment Therapy involving inspired design choices in general. Why don't you?
Email 72 dpi pictures, a brief description and the paint name if you have it to colortherapy(at)earthlink(dot)net, and put WHY DON'T YOU in the subject line.
- Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter