Posted by Paulette Beete
Buona sera, bon soir, and hola.
So, I’ve been toying with the idea of sending a Home Beete! questionnaire to some friends with groovy pads. I thought perhaps I’d take a test run and be my own guinea pig. Feel free to chime in on which questions you wish I’d ask–instead of, in addition to, which ones are a big yawn, and which ones floated your boat, revved your engine, and did other good stuff.
(Editor’s note: Wow, reading these questions and knowing I have to answer them just made me quite anxious. Sigh . . . )
THB: Where do you live?
Paulette: I live in Silver Spring, Maryland in a one-bedroom apartment with loads of closet space. Yes, I am boasting.
THB: What’s your favorite room and why?
Paulette: The living room. I have comfy couches, art I enjoy looking at, my gorgeous Gee’s Bend cotton rugs (bought majorly on sale), and a new TV with cable. It’s the first room I’ve put together that made me think I just might have some decent interior design instincts.
THB: What’s your favorite piece of art or memento or plain old thing in your home?
Paulette: That’s a hard one since my place is somewhat things-central. One of my favorites is my 20×200.com print of Sarah McKenzie’s “Lift.” (Not pictured below, sorry.) It’s a painting of a crane–the industrial kind–in bright colors, and it makes me ridiculously happy every time I see it.
THB: Describe your aesthetic in three words.
Paulette: Paris apartment Bloomsbury-style
THB: What’s the best piece of decorating advice you ever got?
Paulette: Learn to edit. You don’t have to have everything you love out all at the same time. It’s okay to swap things in and out. It’s also okay to periodically rearrange your rooms until they feel Goldilocks-right.
THB: What’s on your home wish list?
Paulette: I’d love to have another Tord Boontje chandelier. I’d also love to have ceiling space to put another Tord Boontje chandelier.
THB: What do you do at home?
Paulette: Read, write, dream, putter. What don’t I do nearly enough–dust/vacuum/straighten up. I am, however, pretty good about washing the dishes!
THB: What one item that you can’t bring yourself to part with should really go to the Salvation Army or freecycle or the trash?
Paulette: I’ve actually been on a clearing-out kick, and I’m both horrified and fascinated that after three or four trips to the thrift store, I still haven’t run out of things to give away. I probably should get rid of the broken vintage clock I have that I bought when I decided to give into my genetic predisposition for clock fancying.
THB: Got color?
Paulette: I live in a rental, so everything’s kinda beige. If I was motivated, I’d either repaint everything Benjamin Moore’s Decorator White, which is great for backgrounding art and won’t piss off a landlord, or I’d commit to picking a color–Paris gray? turquoise?–and painting some accent walls.
THB: Any last words?
Paulette: What I love best about my apartment is that it “looks” like me.