I like to cook. I enjoy food’s presentation, known as “plating.” And I agree with Voltaire, who wrote “Perfect is the enemy of the good.”
A client recently let me have an adorable plant stand – one less thing for the poor client to dispose of. It matches a planter, probably once a stair rail, I’ve owned for years. BUT OHMIUNIVERSE, the ugly shelves. And just so, I resolved to replace them with silver serving platters. Took about two weeks of hunting through thrift shops to find the pieces. About 1/2 hour to remove the old boards. About another 1/2 hour to double-sided tape the plates on the supports. Fifteen minutes of elbow grease to polish them just a little. Voila.
If I’d insisted on every salver being identical, I never would have finished. And truth is, I like the variety. If I’d insisted on every plate being exactly placed on the stand, I never would have finished. If I’d insisted that every plate be completely stable on the supports, well, yeah, that might have been useful (wry face emoji here), but I can keep the lightweight stuff on the wobbliest surfaces. So a bit of shine instead of depressing black, rough planks.
And if I’d insisted on getting these photos pleasingly aligned, this really would NEVER have been posted.
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