Today I’ve just got to gush—look out for the puddles! I love design, especially design produced in the Forties, Fifties and the Sixties. I love the toasters, their rounded chrome edges gleaming from the countertop. I’ve worshipped many an enamel-topped table in my time, and I adore buildings from that era. Add wheels to that brilliant aesthetic, and my joy goes to whole new levels. I love old planes, trains, motorcycles and even scooters. Cars are my ultimate design fixation, but mine is a somewhat shallow worship. I don’t care what’s under the hood. It doesn’t matter to me if the Keebler elves are making an automobile go. I just love how they look.
I could bore you to death talking about port holes, hood birds and tailfins. I admire a nice running board, and the right grille on a car is like a smile from a sweetheart. I love the much-maligned Edsel, because it has one of those grilles, and I admire the classic pink Cadillac, circa 1959, with all of its overstated decadence. My very favorite car is the 1955 Chevy Bel-Air. It has perfect tiny tailfins, a two-toned swoop of color and abundant chrome. I think I’d even have one in my apartment if I could. Those babies are stunning, from the radios to the upholstery. Small details make a big difference.
I’m glad that some automakers are putting the pizzazz back into transportation. I love the curvy new Volkswagen—it has a flower vase in the dashboard. The Mini-Cooper makes my heart sing. I’m also glad that retailers like Target have started to bring back art to everyday objects like kitchen utensils. I like to surround myself with useful loveliness, and I need to do it on a budget.
As I get ready to move, I plan to keep an eye on those details so that my new apartment will more quickly become a home. I know that there are a lot of places out there. I’m holding out for my kind of pretty. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.
Your assignment, should you choose to accept it:
103. Look at the designed environment around you. What elements do you particularly enjoy—what colors, shapes, and textures? How can you bring a little bit more of that into your home right now?