I’ve been searching for the perfect salt and pepper shaker. This whole time I’ve been thinking something vintage would do the trick. My mom and I like to go antique shopping so this is where/when I tend to get lost in a sea of stories from old things long ago. I’ve been searching for the perfect shaker but have had no luck until our recent trip to California.
Cale and I found the most adorable shop and talked with the owner, a wonderful Swedish artist, who sells the most amazing modern kitchen gadgets around. If you know anything about me I have soft spot for weird and unnecessary kitchen gadgets. So as soon as we wondered into this little shop I could not stop oohing and awing over just about everything. We talked about the taste difference in loose leaf tea, art, and these little salt and pepper shakers.
And slowly… they became my friends.
They became something I had to take home. A memory of this moment in time. A memory of that shop in that little coastal town on our California trip.
We talked with the owner about art and what it means to be an artist and in that moment we felt a connection to this sweet Swedish lady. I wish we could have stayed for tea and chatted more about her experiments with art and how she’s pushed her husband to do the same. She has a Masters of Fine Arts but her husband has started producing art on a whim and it has really taken off. He still seems to be a little unsure of what he is creating but she sees something there. She sees great potential (even if his artwork seems to draw more attention than hers ).
We talked about our business, our love for design, our desire for family, and a dream to build our own little modern farmhouse. We laughed about people who come in and don’t understand her store. Why things are so expensive and the difference between designed vs. kitschy kitchen gadgets.
There is a design to that store. To everything in her shop. And I think deep down, even if we didn’t purchase anything, she would have been happy to know that someone simply stopped in and noticed.
For a moment.
So, we invested in a pair of salt and pepper shakers. We paid more than we would have at any antique store and a price that our friends and family will definitely give us hell for.
But, I love them.
They remind me of our dreams.
They remind me of this thing inside that forces me to believe in Green Couch Design.
That this is not some crazy idea that we are floating through.
That there is indeed a design to this simple life we desire. And it is real. It is very tangible.
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