Monday, July 25, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
I also love Neoclassicism, particularly as it was interpreted in this country in the first half of the 19th century. About 90% of the wooden furniture in my house is American Empire and was hand-constructed between 1830 and 1850. I love the gorgeous mahogany veneers and faux bois paint treatments. American Empire furniture has never been considered particularly chic; collectors favor its French counterparts complaining its American cousin is too ponderous. I love its heft and masterful construction and its age.
In terms of accessories, I love the bizarre: funeral mementoes, religious artifacts, and steampunk-esque items always capture my heart. I love the work of Joseph Cornell and I see my home as an assemblage/collage in the tradition of Cornell.
I shop intentionally sometimes. I almost always have a list of things in my head that I'm searching for: green majolica, Florentine ware, American Empire objects, architectural salvage. These are easy to place because they become part of collections. Some of my best finds, however, are just serendipitous. I didn't know I wanted them or had a use for them until they present themselves. Recently I bought a 5x8 hand-hooked wool rug from the 1910s for $2. I didn't necessarily need it, but the booth-owner was there when I picked it up and she said her husband was harassing her to get rid of it. These rugs typically cost at least $150. I might not keep it forever, but I could easily resell it and bring something else home if I want to.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
Anthropologie just sent out an e-mail today about their new July catalog featuring colorful jeans. Rather than drop $158 a pop, I think i'll take an old pair and buy some Rit Dye and see what happens.
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Friday, July 8, 2011
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Monday, July 4, 2011
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