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Corinne Bailey Rae On Her First-Home Furnishing Mistakes

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Comedy writer Bonnie Datt once bought a chainmail vest "for clubbing"—a purchase she later came to lament, once she realized that chainmail isn't particularly slimming. Inspired by this, she now spends her spare time asking famous people to dish about purchases which they initially loved—but ended up regretting, for Buyer's Remorse.

Photo Credit: Bonnie Datt

Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae left an indelible mark on music with her hit song, "Put Your Records On." The talented and always stylish musician has sold over four million albums and continues to make successful and memorable music. Corrine was lovely and very open when we asked her if she had a Buyer's Remorse story to share. To our surprise, she spoke about her late husband, Jason Rae, and something they bought for their their first home together.

Racked: Can you think of something you bought which you were initially excited about, but then ended up regretting?

Corinne Bailey Rae: When my husband and I moved into our first home, it was a tiny terrace house. The kitchen was in the basement, and he couldn't stand up in the kitchen, because the roof was so low. So it was like, "We don't need to stand up in the kitchen. We can sit and prepare food at the table." That meant, of course, that it was always me doing the cooking. And then we had to balance [going] upstairs with the plates.

I loved that house, but because it was the first one we bought, we made a few errors. We bought this amazing but tiny couch. It was fine if you were sitting straight, but you could never get two people lying on it. I always wished that I could scale that up and make it comfortable. It's not useful—but I can't get rid of it now...

· All Buyer's Remorse Posts [Racked]
· Corinne Bailey Rae [Official Site]