… wear violet velvet mittens with everything?
… have an elk-hide trunk for the back of your car? Hermès of Paris will make this.
… paint a map of the world on all four walls of your boys’ nursery so they won’t grow up with a provincial point of view?… cover a big cork bulletin board in bright pink felt, banded with bamboo, and pin with colored thumb-tacks all your various enthusiasms as your life varies from week to week?
All of these are suggestions from the great Diane Vreeland, in her column in Harper’s Bazaar, where she served as the fashion editor from 1936 to 1962. I was amazed to find this fabulous little book at Book Thing this afternoon. I had almost forgotten to go there, and made a detour when I remembered. After about a half an hour of wandering around BT, I was lamenting not really finding anything good, and then I went over to the cookbook section, and saw this misplaced little tome. While some of the suggestions are quite outlandish (see Hermès trunk), others are quite practical, such as the bulletin board. I have a bulletin board over my desk in the kitchen and it’s the best piece!
Here’s a good one… why don’t you give me a case of Vin Rosé? Even though it’s the end of summer, there are still many lovely warm evenings left! I love that even almost 50 years later, magazines, like this issue of Harper’s UK, are still asking Why Don’t You…?