I tell you in my upcoming book why I like my basic furniture to be in neutral colours - (I'm currently torn between brown leather and all white fabrics). It creates a strong base to which you can add as many colourful accents as you want, allowing you to change your decor (and the mood of your room) whenever the mood strikes, easily, painlessly, and more or less inexpensively.
And talking of colourful accents, don't you just find these Bordallo Pinheiro sardines knife rests just gorgeous? The sardine isn't exactly a fish I enjoy eating (no matter how much I tried!), but I just love these earthenware versions. Made in Portugal (the original was created in 1884!), they are as gorgeous displayed on a wall as works of art, as on the table!
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