So, I was catching up on some of my favorite blogs yesterday and came across THIS. A post by Young House Love and Sherry’s crazy dream about a new trend designers were promoting: elephants in every room.
It was a funny post (I totally have crazy decorating dreams all the time so I could relate), but while I was laughing on the outside, I was also hiding a big secret. I thought I better fess up.
Dun dun dun…..I have a white elephant in MY room. In fact, I have a whole stack of white elephants in my living room.
Now you know.
I’ve had these elephants for years, they were my mom’s and then she gave them to me. Since I’ve done a lot of traveling myself, and my extended family has traveled to places like Africa and my dad lived in Thailand, we are blessed to have so many unique pieces from around the world in our home.
That black Chinoiserie cabinet (sorry the pic is a bit blurry) actually came from Thailand (my grandpa was a Lieutenant Colonel in the army and traveled oversees), so I really do have a great mix of pieces from around the world. The elephants feel right at home next to that cabinet. They belong together. I LOVE the gold ship detailing and all the carving! The ships make me think about adventures at sea!
I am pretty sure my stack of elephants were purchased here in the U.S., but still, it was inspired by real travel experiences. I love incorporating items that offer a sense of real history and life experience into our home.
Nevertheless, even though I might have my reasons for having elephants, they sometimes strike me as a very random thing to have in my living room.
I mean, who has a four foot tall elephant statue in their coastal/farmhouse/cottage/eclectic NW style craftsman house in Seattle? Who DOES that? And really, who has a coastal/farmhouse/cottage/eclectic NW style craftsman house in the first place? Don’t say Crazy People. Who?
ME. THAT’S WHO.
Do you have any funny random “elephants” in your room?
I actually love having a few quirky, unexpected things in my home that just make me smile (or make my friends scratch their head and wonder WHY?!). It is fun to incorporate unique and interesting conversation starters.