Monday, November 7, 2011


Thanks to the phenomenon known as social networking we live in a world that is more transparent than ever before.  The best news story last week has to be the one about Bank of America and 22 year old nanny/student/hero Molly Katchpole, who after hearing of the new $5.00 monthly fee for using her debit card, got mad, took to the Internet, yelled loud and clear, got over 3,000 of her fellow social networkers to sign her grievance, and on Tues. the nations second largest bank....backed down. 

Due to our ability to reach millions of people with the push of a button, it's increasingly difficult for big businesses (or small), governments, churches, or anyone else to screw us without lots of people knowing about it....immediately. 

Transparency has changed the world!
 The kind of transparency we'll the taking about this week is a little less news worthy, a little less likely to shout from the roof tops, in fact you could say it's quiet as a whisper.  Let's talk about transparency as a design muse....
 Transparency, as an interior design element, plays well with others, it allows brighter colors and bolder patterns to shine while quietly providing the illusion of space.
 Transparent furniture, frequently made form acrylic, Lucite or glass, has less visual weight which lends a modern, clean, airy feel to a space making it perfect for smaller homes. 
When I saw this bed my heart almost stopped....this is the bed of my dreams!

Clear furniture is inherently versatile, blending with all other styles, colors and patterns.  I have found examples of decorators using transparent furniture in every room of the house....bedrooms, living rooms, kitchen/dining areas, even children's rooms.   It's the ultimate in eclectic style.
"I wish every human life might be pure transparent freedom"  Simone de Beauvoir 

 "Life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning"  Virginia Woolf

"A basic tenet of a healthy democracy is open dialogue and transparency"  Peter Fenn 
"I think it's a good thing that there are bloggers out there watching very closely and holding people accountable.  Everyone in the news should be able to hold up to that kind of scrutiny.  I'm for as much transparency in the news gathering process as possible" 
Anderson Cooper
I promise this won't be a political week...I've said all I'm going to say about transparency in the media.
Let's talk about transparent furniture, clothing, accessories, even houses!
Join in the conversation, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Have a beautiful day.


Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

That bed may not have been the bed of my dreams -- but it sure has the view of my dreams! I do like the lucite pieces and have wondered how well the hold up over time.

Braxton and Yancey said...

Martha, I know what you mean. I know that lucite scratches easily and I wonder if it yellows with age. For now I'll just be enjoying the pictures.

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