Forget about subdued and restrained. This week, let’s embrace the breathtakingly extravagant.

Ask me what my preferred aesthetic is, and most days I’d immediately respond: “minimalist.” Give me those monochrome surfaces, clean lines, and unadorned concrete or wood.

Every once in a while, though, even I can’t fight the pull of the extravagantly ornate. Such was the case a couple of years ago, when I visited the Trấn Quốc Pagoda, a Buddhist temple in Hanoi, Vietnam. The patterns, the details, the unapologetic commitment to symmetry and intricacy: it was just irresistible.

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In your photo this week, share something unabashedly ornate — where it’s clear that the creators pulled no stops and went all out. Whether it’s a breathtaking triumph or a total train wreck, I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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  1. It’s still a man’s world as far as courtship is concerned. A woman is preordained to wait for her prince to make the first move. Realizing it’s too much to bear, many traditions allow a woman to express her availability without breaking the rules.

    In the Black Forest region in southwestern Germany, for example, she does it by wearing an elaborate headgear called bollenhut that can weigh as much as 4 pounds. Red means she’s available while black signifies that she’s been hitched or doesn’t want to be bothered anymore. When she’s engaged, she wears a bridal crown before and on the day of the wedding.


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