16 Feb 2011
avatar Author: Colette Van Den Thillart
Creative Director

Sometimes, even when your heart is in the right place, it is still wise to seek the assistance of a professional.  My daughter and I have been discussing the interiors of Spongebob’s house for example.  I would like to point out that my daughter is well versed in higher visual mediums…but yes, she likes Spongebob too.  Im crazy about HER…so with an open mind, I tune in.  Argh the noise is grating, but visually I am AMUSED, intrigued even.


It turns out Spongebob lives in a Pineapple, which fortuitously fell overboard from a boat above.  I wouldn’t mind living in a Pineapple…

I know I don’t have to elaborate  on this well known expression of the 4th Earl of Dunmores…I’m sure you know it, and yes its a folly but I think it begins to illustrate the point.


Spongebob’s neighbor is called Squidward.  He also has an elaborately designed home with this very Elsie de Wolfe green and white stripped pavilion in front.  It’s charming, but I feel he could have taken it a bit further.  He should be looking at Sweden’s copper pavilions at Drottingholm and Haga for example, like Nicky did when he designed a clients ravishing pool pavilion in the south of France.


Guards’ Tent. You can’t miss seeing it when walking through the garden from Drottningholm to Kina Slott (The Chinese Pavilion). This strange looking building used to be the quarters for the dragoons of Gustav III. It was built in 1781 and designed by C.F. Adelcrantz 



I like Squidwards violet floors…are they painted concrete like Oliver Messel would have done??  And the bamboo bookcase is really promising, although it needs a bit of specialist painting to take it to the next level.


OK, bamboo refrigerator! Now we are talking!


This is a case of talking it too far – its too obvious and too matchy (but you know that).


Out for lunch at the Krusty Crab and I think this trellised rope over glass is a wonderful idea…..food for thought i dare say.  It reminds me a bit of the paper trellised walls we did in the South of France not too long ago.

Well done boys! I really admire your spirit and your adherence to ‘suitability’, but in the end, you really need us……..call me.

7 Responses to “On the merits of an open mind…”

  1. avatar Sharon says:

    Only you my friend can do this, and do it so well!! Kudos to the girls for bringing this to your attention. hugs

  2. avatar p gaye tapp says:

    clients usually have lots of ideas and they do so need help in editing-I do think living in a pineapple would be sweet- especially if i were lavender. pgt

  3. avatar Bruce Barone says:

    You have made me feel so happy today with this post!

  4. How I loved this post!!!!!!!!!So very creative your thought process, Colette-anything bamboo thrills me but I do think Squidwards needs you RIGHT THIS MOMENT!-now your picture of the pineapple folly, OK! I am so there. Raining in S. CA.this Wed. 2/16.xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

  5. avatar colette says:

    thank you all! A lavender pineapple is a swell idea! The sun shone in London today so we’re all feeling pretty happy too. x Colette

  6. We are huge Sponge Bob fans here, so you can’t imagine my delight at this post.

  7. avatar Betty says:

    I would love to live in Sponge Bob’s house…in fact in many ways it looks like my own.

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