Saturday, January 12, 2008

Oh, it's on like Donkey Kong... The Draped Table Showdown...


Help. I am trapped in the "France" exhibit at Epcot..

Joni of the fabulous Cote de Texas blog has quite a response to this post of mine.

I am QUITE confident now that on both sides of the debate, we will have put more thought into this topic than on, say, which candidate will we support for president.

Some issues, however, are just more important than others, I guess.

20 comments:

Cote de Texas said...

Hey girl - decor IS more important that politics. If it wasn't, then I would have a political blog instead.

Cease fire? :)
p.s. do you mind if I link my article to yours???? it would be much better if I could, let me know:
mrballbox329@aol.com thanks!!!

katiedid said...

Hey - who was a better loved first lady than Jackie? Politics and style have always gone hand in hand. That's why Barack has a pretty good chance! ;)

Anonymous said...

Why is she always ragging on you?

decorno.blogspot.com said...

Joni - of course you can link to my article... this is what the internets are all about! :)

Lemmingboy said...

I don't get it. Your readers agree with you so she calls them "lemmings." But when her readers agree with her, they're...what?...original thinkers?

lemmingboy said...

...and speaking of lemming-like behavior:

"All the great designers use them to perfection: Saladino, Stefanidis, Easton, Moss, and Buatta to name a few. Personally, that's good enough company for me!"

librelife said...

I am with you on this. The skirted table is just too fussy for my taste. The Cote de Texas post was interesting and thorough but I was not converted. Simply a matter of difference in style preference.

halcyon said...

I wrote this on Joni's instead of yours....that title :Oh it's on like Donkey Kong...Hilarious!

I like a little dust up....provokes great posts!

Cote de Texas said...

Hey - lemmingboy and anon I originally didn't link my post to decorno in any way for this precise reason. I was not looking to involve decorno in any sort of fight or showdown or whatever it is called. I just thought it made for an interesting discussion. And since when am I "always ragging" on her? What????? give me a break. decorno is a hard edged, opinionated poster whom I agree with more often than not. And since when can't one blogger say she loves something that another blogger says she hates without being accused of "ragging" on her? And yeah - sorry, but I DO value the opinion and taste level of those designers I quoted more than people whom I don't know and have no idea what their level of taste or creativity or design is. Sorry - call me a lemming for that. Frankly, I was shocked at the support I got from top designers for my view. When I starting putting my "defense of skirts" together, I had no idea how many top designers across the board used skirted tables in their designs. I could have gone on and on and on with even more designers but eventually had to stop. And decorno, Katiedid, librelife, and halcyon - thank you for keeping it above the personal attacks! I appreciate that.

lemmingboy said...

You're dodging the issue: Why did you call people who disagree with you "lemmings"?

lemmingboy said...

To refresh your memory: You posted

"Yes, it's true, the scorn the skirted table received from the lemmings was just more than I could take,"

decorno.blogspot.com said...

Joni - the dustup is good for traffic... they can get riled up while we can remain friends. :)

All in a good day of blogging, right?

In the end, it just comes down to preference... not taste level. Some people love and can live with a more romantic room (like you). Others like a spare sensibility with less ornament (like me). Nothing is fundamentally wrong with either. I think we both agree that whichever way we go, it has to be well-executed. Certainly you found a number of "top designers" who use skirted tables. There are an equal number who would never. Again, it just comes down to design sensibility. Both are valid in the right context.

My context just forbids skirts, that's all. :)

lemmingboy said...

And if you want to avoid "personal attacks," don't be the first to use them.

You owe the following "lemmings" an apology:

--Suzy
--Habitually Chic
--beachgirl
--Visual Smarts
--Be the Change
--Petnunia Face
--S
--Hill Country House Girl
--Jules
--alis

EgosRested said...

Skirted tables usually don't appeal to me, but there are some very rare occasions when I'm glad to see a beautiful fabric (a lovely embroidered piece, textile art, a stunning pattern, etc) draped down a table. The skirt can add visual substance to a room, if done in a manner to balance the space (and done well).

But, with my personal preferences, I still would need a pretty deliberate reason to use one.

Anonymous said...

I just responded on cote's blog about this. I read your original post the day it came out and I was about to bitch-slap you about what a f*cking genius Miles Redd is, but I was like, whatever. I happen to think the table skirt when done right CAN be cool. But one must be very, very careful. Otherwise the look is very Houston/Dallas matron decor.

A tailored LINEN skirt on a rectangular table can look very sharp and clean. Done right, it can look great in a modern room. (But please people, don't put a skirted table in a room that's already tarted up with drape-y shit.)


Also, a table skirt doesn't have to be to the floor. Carolina Irving's suzanni draped dining room table (which Style Court has run about a million times) hangs just about 12-15 inches below her tabletop. This softens the table but allows the legs to be exposed.

Anonymous said...

Sorry cote de texas, but I'm with lemmingboy on this one. For some reason you made it personal in the first place with your OTT response to it. Your little digs about 'lemmings' and the 'good company' you find yourself in struck me as having more that a bit of the 'Pretentious, moi?' about it. It is true that you don't know my style or 'taste level' as you put it but based on those endless photos you posted I would have to say that I thought a lot of them were very stuffy and dated looking. That may be your style but it is not mine. Been there, done that 20 years ago, can we move on now?

LIBERTY POST EDITOR said...

Silly birds. I've spoofed you all on my blog. xo

Cote de Texas said...

omg! give me a break! if you want a fight with me - bring it on my blog and leave decorno out of it! D: I am so so so sorry for this!!!!

ok = to the real anonymous, the witty, cerebral and genius design- factoid boy - I agree, wholeheartedly. when done right, it CAN be right, very right. ok - that's it. My post was a just a response to d's blanket condemnation which she is free to make and I am free to disagree with. I think there's a time and a place for a beautiful skirted table and not some ugly ass Ballard Designs cheap piece of crap thrown over a particle board table 30" round with trim all over it. I'm not advocating everyone run out today and buy one. Just that I think they are still relevant when done right. Jeez, enough! Decorno, I'm so sorry I dragged you into this!!! It's so funny that now I'll forever be know as the Houston Matron of the silk taffeta, bowed and trimmed skirted table. Me, a former punk rocker with dyed black hair. I aint no Houston matron.

And what's so horrible about being called a lemming? Since when is that an insult that deserves an apology? A lemming is someone who follows the masses, the crowd. Most blog comments are lemming like. Sorry, they just are and everyone complains about it. so, I guess - be grateful for a little fun on a boring Sunday afternoon?

Suzy said...

he he, I think this is fabulous! what a debate! and lemmingboy...maybe I've missed a comment or two, but how could CTD have called me a Lemming when I'm agreeing with her? just chill! I think the whole point of blogs is allowing everyone of us to have a say...and I think that both Decorno and Cote de Texas are allowing that to happen.

decorno.blogspot.com said...

Joni - - no need to apologize! You know it was all in good fun for us to post about each other in our love/non-love for skirted tabled. Shocking it got so heated, but it sure spiced up a Sunday. :)