I’m always pleasantly surprised by the number of people that I talk to that have flipped a home, or are considering it. While I haven’t run across anyone that does it quite like I do, I suspect if I keep at it long enough, and talk to enough people, I will. There’s a camaraderie in knowing that others have been through the war. Have suffered through the frustrations of construction, and want to share their stories of failure and triumph. It’s comforting to learn that you aren’t the only one to have made a mistake, and to learn about resources or avenues that you hadn’t considered before, from those that have done it.
Left: Serena and Lily . Striped Fabrice. Right: Serena and Lily . Striped Oxford Sheets
We’re all just trying to earn our stripes. Not to prove something to the world necessarily, but to ourselves. It’s possible to work hard and win. That’s one of the most gratifying things one can do.
I’ll earn those stripes when I am through with this project of mine, and with every property that I complete along the way, I plan to brand it in some small or large way with them. They are fresh, they are quintessentially french, they are nautical, and opinionated, and all the things I love about the places that have made me .. me.
I am reminded of their ability to be time and trendy all at the same time. Fall fashion is going to go bold with stripes, with tailored designs and stiff cotton shirts – be prepared to be wowed by the simple detailing that turns a work shirt into a work of art. Since fashion and interiors follow similar trends, in color and pattern, be prepared to see the heavy use of stripes between the glossy pages of your favorite magazines.
For me, the feeling that stripes illicit will always be in style. While I am never going to feel like I’ve arrive, I’ll happily keep adding stripes to my sleeve as I make my way through life. Mine as well do it in style.