Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Stuff We Would Kiss On the Mouf: Spooky Library Chic

Is it weird that when I saw the Halloweenie images from Martha Stewart magazine below, I was drawn to them not only for the holiday, but for any time? Then I saw the other images on Esquire home collection, and thought - YES, the two belong togeva. Surrisly. Stay with me here.

I think my home style evolves every few years, and while I have been drawn to more minimal modern in the past 5 years or so, it seems like it has shifted lately to more traditional eclectic. Even when I was drawn to minimal, I have always loved the juxtaposition of natural organic elements with smooth and sleek, and throw in a well-traveled, ethnic vibe and I'm in hebbin. That's why I love the above library space a la Esquire.

When I was reading the October issue of Martha Stewart recently (which I NEVER read), I was totally drawn to this feature called Fine Specimens, which uses creepy old museum accents to decorate for a holiday shindig. The bookshelf above, full of sea urchins, bugs, butterflies and snakes? Is. Frigging. AWESOME. Like, I LOVE it. I would LOVE to implement something like this in my own home, which may be another reason I'm so drawn to it - because WE CANNOT HAVE IT RIGHT NOW. Since we moved into our home 2 years ago I feel like it is so void of personality because we have to keep it that way for the trips' sake (and let's face it, my sanity). I do have cool pieces (an antique typewriter that I heart, an old globe, stacks and stacks of home decor and other books) that are all sadly still packed away because I know if we put them out they will likely be torn asunder. I love the creep-tastic elements above because not only are they conversation pieces, I think the babies would love them too.

I'm not saying I'm going to become a taxidermist, or start collecting stuffed peacocks, but come ON - the colors in the photo above - straight from mother nature herself - is bananas. And if you have been reading this blog for any length of time, you know I'm a wee bit obsessed with peacocks. While I have seen stuffed peacocks used in some interiors and they look tres chic, even a collection of peacock feathers displayed in a vase, or framed, would give an inkling of the look above. And isn't that backdrop so "Midnight In the Garden Of Good and Evil" cool? It's a black and white photograph enlarged to cover the wall. Another excellent ideer.
More from Esquire. I supah dupah giant puffy heart that button tufted bench. And the leatha stripes on the pillows? Come ON. That's just sick.

Ohmyhellsbells I love the above so effing much I can't even beleeeebe it. How cool is that? An old book of etchings with 3D butterflies surrounding it? GAH! When oh WHEN will I be able to implement something like this in mi casa. I miss my books so much.

While I don't necessarily want a side table with a boner (BWAH!) let's get one thing straight - I LOVE the glass garden cloche with butterfly inside. THAT I could live wif.
Is that a giant femur in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? Okay, again - most of this is a tad too Beetlejuician for me, but what I love are the bonetastic coral pieces, the antlers, and the vintage sea-life print. I have been dying for some vintage educational posters like that as well as the old skeleton poster to frame. Okay, maybe DYING for is a little harsh, but I really, really want some.
Sadly, this weekend I was forced to take one of my vintage suitcases out to the garbage as it was injured in a tragic suitcase accident (i.e. - it was crushed PROBABLY by one of the Trips), so of course I love the above with the cool vintagey library lamp on top.
You know what else I love?
This cool fungi tart from Martha. Even though I DETEST mushrooms, but the way this was executed to look like a Victorian pressing is uh-mazing. And no, I don't want to make one to display in my new imaginary library, I just thought I would share. IS THAT OKAY????
So to recap, in a slightly more succinct version - Spooky Library Chic is the new black. You heard it here first.



406 Olivia said...

These are all lovely images, but most especially the Esquire library. And you and my 12-year-old would get along famously: he can never let a good boner joke go unsaid. Ah, who am I fooling? He gets that from me...


MerciBlahBlah said...

Boners and farts are ALWAYS funny.


karen★ said...

I'm so sorry you had to throw out one of your suitcases:( I hope you had a little funeral for her. (sang amazing grace...) I love it all...I might need to add a few things before Sunday!