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.

Merci!
Shan

3 comments:

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...

xoxo,
~O~

MerciBlahBlah said...

Boners and farts are ALWAYS funny.

Durrrr....
Shan

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!