March Editor's Letter: Jungalow, Momstyle
I found this picture of my Mom on the weekend and I popped it onto my Instagram feed on a whim. The more I look at this image the more I think this could be me sitting in a room today. Partly because I am the spitting image of my Mom and I am likely about the age now that she was then, or close to anyway. Also, look at all the decorating. It all looks very Jungalow 2018, don't you think? I learned from my older sister that when my parents bought this house (where my Dad still lives, by the way) they splashed out on a whole living room of new furniture from The Art Shoppe in Toronto. I was too young to remember the source but I do remember the day the truck arrived and all of a sudden we had the grooviest living room in our 70s back split house.
This pic was also posted on Insta recently and it is a room from today. My parents didn't go quite so boho in our living room, but the chairs are pretty darn close, no?
When you are talking about green velvet swivel tub chairs from back in the day you are likely talking about something by Milo Baughman. He was the master of them. I don't think I can say for sure that our chairs were authentic Milo, but chances are they were. These ones above were recently available on 1stDibs for $4,200. Nice. I think my brother has our chairs in his basement — must track them down.
This swivel is in an image from Anthropologie. The colour is almost identical to the colour ours were.
The Zuma fabric by Kelly Wearstler for Lee Jofa has that yummy rust colour you see in our drapes from the wayback. Yes, rust. Rust and moss green — oh my, who'd have thought I might ever like those? Funny, when I first discovered this Kelly W fabric colourway it immediately made me think of the colour of the soil on Prince Edward Island (homeland of my Mama), so it seems design can go full circle in more than one way.
And one last quite funny coincidence. The same day I posted the pic above of my Mom the folks at Gluckstein Home posted this image of Canadian design star Brian Gluckstein. I was so amused to see him wearing the boy version of what my Mom was wearing 35 years ago — grey wool sweater, matching grey wool bottom. So polished.
Thank you for the inspiration Mom, missing you all the time and I can't help thinking you'd get a huge kick out of how chic this casual Sunday morning snap and everything in it would seem in 2018.