January 11, 2017
I like going inside Pottery Barn stores. It feels very homey and once inside, I always declare “I’d like to live here (in their store)”.
Gray and charcoal gray (almost black) are the color trends this past two years. Gray used to be considered a drab color and of course black was a no no for walls and exteriors. But when the industrial look with cement flooring and wall finishes became fashionable, the color gray emerged as the staple color. Well it’s nice. Anything that’s the current trend becomes desirable.
The very first time I visited Germany was way back in January 1994. I joined a group of furniture and handicraft manufacturers and exporters from Cebu, Pampanga, Metro Manila for the International Furniture Fair in Cologne. Our tiny hotel was located very near the Koln Cathedral. I enjoyed so much walking around at night when the shops had closed but the window displays were still all lit. There was a store selling housewares and stunningly beautiful dinner plates could be seen from the windows with corresponding prices. I was so shocked at how expensive they were. Five hundred pesos each, merong one thousand, two thousand, merong 1,000 dollars isang pinggan. My head was spinning and panay ang compute ko. I could not believe that plates could be that expensive.
Today, nothing has changed. Things don’t get cheaper in time. They become even more expensive.
One just have to work harder so you could keep up with inflation and the increase in your standard of living.