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The Eye Has to Travel: Why Don't You... (by Janette Ewen)

My dear friend Patrick Delanty (aka the most stylish man alive), recently suggested we download the relatively new documentary on Diana Vreeland, “The Eye Has to Travel.”  I’m a huge fan of Diana Vreeland, and as I watched the trailer, I was reminded of Vreeland’s fresh and whimsical approach to both fashion editing and life. Her charming “why don’t you” column inspired readers to dream, break out and try something new!

I think it’s time we revisited some of Vreeland’s suggestions… her are a few of my fave’s!

The Eye Has to Travel: Why Don't You... (by Janette Ewen)

Why don’t you…

… paint a map of the world on all four walls of your boys’ nursery so they won’t grow up with a provincial point of view?
… use a gigantic shell instead of a bucket to ice your champagne?
… cover a big cork bulletin board in bright pink felt, banded with bamboo, and pin with colored thumb-tacks all your various enthusiasms as your life varies from week to week?
… tie an enormous bunch of silver balloons on the foot of your child’s bed on Christmas Eve?
… bring back from Central Europe a huge white baroque porcelain stove to stand in your front hall?
… wear violet velvet mittens with everything?
… have an elk-hide trunk for the back of your car? Hermès of Paris will make this.
…have a room done up in every color green? This will take months, years, to collect, but it will be delightful—a melange of plants, green glass, green porcelains, and furniture covered in sad greens, gay greens, clear, faded, and poison greens?

Join the conversation: Add you own “why don’t you” suggestions in the comments below. 


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