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Ten objects of desire – fantasy shopping with Campari & Sofa

Posted in fashion, and Things We Love

“Instinctively , we reach out for attractive things; beauty literally moves us…”

says Lance Hosey in his article “Why we love beautiful things”.  Apparently scientific studies clearly show that our brain is wired to instruct our hands to move towards anything we perceive as beautiful. No surprise there for us … it certainly explains our Prada obsession. But what stops us actually taking everything we see as being beautiful and making it our own? Is it frugality or a lack of finance? And for some people – does this hard-wiring turn into obsession and become compulsive buying?

In our Sunday Skype-chats, sofagirl and I pondered Hosey’s contention. And decided that thought is worth a post of its own another time. Meantime, we wondered;” if money was no issue, what five objects would we each pull from our dreams into our every day?”  And here’s where that thought took us:

camparigirl:

'Blue Poles' makes me happy
‘Blue Poles’ makes me happy

On my living room wall – a Jackson Pollock. Madness and colour and energy to brighten my day. Every day.

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Valentino Spring/Summer 2013

For a night out – a Valentino gown from the latest Spring collection. To feel like a princess. Just this once.

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Mr Bond, I presume

To take a ride up the Pacific Coast Highway: a 1964 Aston Martin DB7 –  Daniel Craig as an accessory would be appreciated

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My Murano

Above my dining room table: a real Murano chandelier from Your Murano (and I suggest you browse the site for more dreamy objects). The “White Istanbul” by Formia International would make me want to serve dinner every night. A dreamy piece of art I am actually saving for.

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Timeless Class

On my wrist: a Jaeger Le Coultre Reverso, strictly stainless steel.

sofagirl:

I loved doing this. The first three wants came quickly – the other two I really had to think about.

The Holiday House
The Holiday House

I spotted this cabin in a design magazine years ago and have had the picture tacked up in my office ever since.  I would like it to be besides a warm sea, or river, or lagoon. I would furnish it with light, breezy, easy furniture and fabrics – probably all from Ikea!

Free Flying
Free Flying

Completely non green-conscious and non-pc in these times of careful economy – but I want my own jet. I would load everyone on – and fly off wherever the mood takes me. And the best of it all – Jack could sit with us. Stress free travel for him and my parents.

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A Symphony

Cy Twombly’s paintings make me happy. I love all of his work – and it would be hard to choose.  I would probably go for one of his white scribbles on chalkboard – because they can still be bought. But this suite – his Four Seasons, which lives at the Tate Modern in London – would be the ultimate own. I love them more each time I look at them

Home from Home
Home from Home

Travel again – and even more simplicity – Silverstream Campers are retro-fabulous. I could outfit one to my specifications, install a travel wardrobe and simply get in, fire her up and head for … well, wherever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I imagine travelling in one of these is a like a cruise ship on land – but without annoying passengers and activities. Completely takes the camp out of camping.

Forever Diamonds
Forever Diamonds

The last one was hardest. But I have always loved the idea of a bracelet of pristine diamonds, set casually and worn all the time. Shower, yoga, washing-up, to dinner. Tiffany’s rose gold one with the different sized stones is just gorgeous.

So there you have it … if any of you would like to make our dreams a reality, drop us a line. Until then – we were both happy to know we pretty much have all the important things we need in our lives – love, family, friends, food, health, a roof over our heads and happiness.  How’s that for beauty?

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9 Comments

  1. You girls have expensive taste! Yes, I agree with the final line–the most important things of all. It’s funny, when I imagine my list, I have few items on it. So blessed to have love, health, family, and friends (and great jewelry that my mama gave me!) So, I’m set! Well…a cute little house and a yard for the dogs would be nice…

    March 1, 2013
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    • The fun was to think of things we could never afford, if money was not an obsatcles. It’s fun to dream sometimes! What we have in real life is more than enough

      March 2, 2013
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  2. silvia
    silvia

    It’s not easy, I tried to jot down my list. But I totally agree with Janet, your final paragraph is what really matters.

    1. a real wizard to change bad into good
    2. a sail boat to take me through the oceans big enough to host my beloved ones (camparigirl we are going to find a remedy for seasickness because you HAVE to be there and you sofagirl could dive in the most beautiful spots around the world)
    3. One of the most outstanding dancers or coreographers giving me free class
    4. Free supply of shoes everywhere, any brands
    5. A fabulous cook who lives with me and looks after my meals

    February 21, 2013
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    • LOVE your list … and yes, I will be happy to have a berth on your boat – and will bring my scuba gear. Thanks for the lovely invite.

      February 21, 2013
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    • Go right ahead with the boat scheme you two but you are not dragging me on a boat EVER again. You can send me postcards: I will be lounging on Sue’s holiday pad’s porch with a Campari

      February 21, 2013
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      • silvia
        silvia

        A never is not an option my love

        February 22, 2013
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      • silvia
        silvia

        And let me add this – I won’t set out without you. So stop objecting, we’ll find a solution.

        (In case this comment comes before the other one it was written as a second thought)

        February 22, 2013
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  3. Wow…I adore that holiday house…I wish I could downsize to that 🙂 I have seen Blue Poles in real life and it is an amazing, huge painting. Thanks for a great post!

    February 21, 2013
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  4. Janet Rörschåch
    Janet Rörschåch

    “….we pretty much have all the important things we need in our lives – love, family, friends, food, health, a roof over our heads and happiness.” Outstanding!

    February 21, 2013
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