I recently took a quiz to see if I am left brained or right brained. I knew the answer already but I thought it would be fun to see how I tested. Just as I suspected, I use each side of my brain equally. In fact, it’s almost scary to see how perfectly this plays out in my life. Take my clothes for instance. If you look in my closet, items are organized not only by color but also by style (tanks, short sleeve, long sleeve). Drawers are sorted in the same way with with boxes and dividers to keep them tidy. But there is always a heap of clothes on the chair at the end of my bed. As much as I need to have a system in place, I also need the option to break the system at will.
Which brings me to my new obsession: abstract dots. The left-brained me loves (to no end) black and white stripes. I use them in almost every room in my home (and sneak them into client’s homes too! See my portfolio)…drapes, tables, walls, pillows, rugs. They are simple and orderly and make me happy in a way that no other pattern does. Until now. Enter the right-brained me. I saw this photo in the March issue of Lonny magazine and I seriously went nuts over the space, specifically the dot painting.
I needed a dot painting of my own and so, being the thrifty girl that I am, I decided to make one. I have some experience with art and painting but seriously, how hard it is to paint dots in a random pattern? I purchased the largest square canvas that Hobby Lobby carried with a 40% off coupon. Then I used a combination of black and gray acrylic paints and went to town. I originally planned to frame it but never got around to it. I LOVE the way she turned out. (FYI: I’ve developed a tendency to deem things male–left brained objects–or female–right brained objects). She now lives in my living room on the wall next to the piano.
The obsession continues with this Urban Outfitters rug for just $69 for a 4×6! I desperately want to find a place for it in my house. I’m currently renovating my kid’s/guest bathroom and it just might pair perfectly with the bold black and white stripes that will go on the walls. It also comes in a 2×3 for just $19. How do you pass that up?
A little different take on the pattern is the irresistible Les Touches fabric. It’s gorgeous on these wingback chairs (and again, perfectly paired with black and white stripes). Playful yet somehow classic feeling, it’s an abstract take on the snow leopard. The fabric is expensive but if you have the DIY spirit, you can find tutorials for making your own pillows here and a rug here. I plan to make my own Les Touches throw pillows soon.
Do you love this trend? This one might become a constant presence in my home like my beloved black and white stripes.
Left and right brains unite!