With all due respect to Jackie O, I have never been a fan of twin sets. I am a more mix than match girl when it comes to clothes and to room design. Though I probably have faulty logic, from my earliest days, I remember thinking that buying things in sets showed a lack of imagination and a rigidity that I couldn’t relate to. Even when buying silverware, I buy partial sets to mix and match at the table with other partial sets that I like together. As a poor college student, I inherited a 5 piece walnut veneer bedroom set. Dresser, mirror, nightstands and headboard. I should have been thrilled but instead I spent the next several years trying desperately to disguise the fact that my “perfectly matching” room felt designed to show off some anonymous mass market furniture designer’s personality. When I bought my first house, I finally sold the set, determined to live without (read clothes in cardboard moving cartons for a long time to come) rather than let the set become an unwelcome fixture in my life a second time. Thus began a series of mix-not-match adventures that allowed me to spread my wings and find a look that suited me. An antique Japanese Tansu chest eventually held my clothes (it came with an ancient yellowed scribbled note in calligraphy quality Japanese that was taped to the door of a secret compartment. To this day, whenever I decide to have it translated, I change my mind. I want to believe it is magical and spiritual and I don’t want to know if it was someone’s reminder to bring home a quart of milk.) A Ralph Lauren rattan headboard and footboard, that I scrimped and saved for, surrounded my bed. A nightstand with iron legs, fruitwood drawers and a poured concrete top that a furniture designer friend and I designed and he made became my nightstand on one side; a Pier 1 double tray stand serviced the other side, and an ultra modern cowhide swivel chair with a beautiful old, threadbare Persian rug in front of it faced my bed from the corner. Nothing in the room was made to go together. None of the materials really echoed each other. But, the look was warm, inviting, intriguing, designed and…well…ME.