What makes a home great for entertaining? Is it a comfortable place for each guest to sit? Or a room decorated in the latest style? Flattering lighting? Attractive window treatments? A resting spot for every cocktail glass?
I want to say, "Yes, those are the things that matter." And I believe that outfitting your home to be aesthetically pleasing and comfortable is a worthy undertaking. It is, after all, kind of what we do.
The Perils of Choice
When asked what I do for a living, my answer is that I run a furniture company. But I suspect I'm actually running a long-term sociology experiment. After working with thousands of folks around the country since we launched Roger + Chris, I have a unique window into how people make decisions - the motivations, the concerns, and the stumbling blocks they encounter.
We aren't major vacationers. As any fellow business owners know, "time off" is at best a relative concept. And with Roger having spent 12 years flying around the country every week to film his TV shows and me putting in plenty of time on airplanes for my own past career, travel is not something we romanticize.
Here's to the Pilgrims
Roger and I took a quick trip to New York this week (which is why I must apologize for the late email). Our goal was to explore homewares stores to see what was up and coming in design. Would we get fresh ideas? Be tantalized by new styles or trends? Uncover anything amazing that changed our opinions on the future of design? Nope, not really.
On Doing Something Unsexy
I wasn't supposed to be in the furniture industry. This, let's just say, was not on my radar as a young person. My domain was technology. I was going to found a very sexy tech startup and change the world and spend my weekends speeding down the Pacific Coast Highway in a Porsche convertible (probably red, though electric blue was a contender).
If you know us, you know that we don't really "do" sales here at Roger+Chris. So there are no coupon codes or special links or any of that stuff to be found below. Worry not: The other 75 emails that just popped into your inbox offer plenty of never-before-seen, once-in-a-lifetime markdowns on televisions and cookware and probably, for some inexplicable reason, furnace filters.
The Real Story Behind Those Big Rustic Signs
You've seen them everywhere. Perhaps you even have one or two in your home. "EAT!" they demand. "GaThEr!" they implore. "Home." they proclaim, within an outline of your state. How did this faux-rustic typography artwork trend come to be?
A Challenge to Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone
The concept of risk is a funny thing. Even the most conservative of us take big risks every day. This doesn't mean we're all jumping out of airplanes for the thrill of it - some of the riskiest activities we undertake are quite mundane. Hopping in the car to drive to the store. Walking down stairs while wearing socks. Sprinkling too much salt on our dinner.
The Subtle Art of Ignoring Design Trends
We live in a fast-paced world. Judging by the rate at which new interior design trends are invented, named, marketed, and subsequently discarded, that world is moving faster than ever. Here are four reasons for you to totally, absolutely, positively ignore those silly trend articles published by every lifestyle blog and magazine.
Why Furniture Got So Bad
The Washington Post recently ran an article entitled "Why Furniture Got So Bad." In it, reporter Rachel Kurzius digs into the market forces that have led to the, let?s say, "junkification" of so much of today's furniture. The article is worth reading and we're mostly in agreement, but here's our take on why today's furniture is so bad and how to avoid the worst of it.
A Call to Action
This newsletter isn't about sofas. Or interior design. Or finding the very best stain-resistant fabric to hold up to your Labrador. Sorry. We'll talk about that another day. I don't feel like writing about any of those things, frankly, because the last few months of our life - for Roger and Chris the humans, not Roger+Chris the company - have been really rough. Instead of being smiley and happy and trying to talk you into buying a sofa from us (which you still should, because ours are the best), I want to talk to you about the importance of appreciating what you have and never taking a moment for granted.