Falling Down the Pinterest Rabbit Hole

So yesterday I re-posted this door as part of a post about Moroccan zellij pattern tiles:

Vogue Living Inspiration Photo

If you’ve followed along here for awhile, this is not the first time you’ve seen this photo. I shared it as far back as three years ago when we first started planning how to decorate an apartment in South India. This is “the” inspiration photo for our master bedroom there. It’s from a 2008 or 2009 issue of Australian Vogue Living.

Only a few hours after I hit “publish” on yesterday’s post, I trip over this pin on Pinterest. Which I’ve pinned before, but apparently forgot.

Indian Inlaid Doors on Pinterest

Hmmm. Something there look familiar?

These doors were once available on eBay Australia?! Turns out, they are not zellij tile even though they look like it from a distance. Or if you have bad eyes as I do. They are mother of pearl. As you can see in this close-up photo around the handles:

Mother of Pearl Doors

Maybe only by falling down the Pinterest rabbit hole of pictures can you get so close to a visual figment of your imagination that you’ve obsessed about for years.

Through a Pinterest link to Remodelista, I discover that Sibella Court featured the above image with the handles in her book, Nomad: A Global Approach to Interior Style. As the original image appeared in Australian Vogue Living, I wonder if she was involved in the styling. According to Anne Sage of The City Sage blog, this was a styled shoot for product, not a scene in someone’s house.

This could be called “research.”

Or it could be called “too much time on Pinterest.”


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