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The older I get, the more acute my taste and appreciation for gorgeous furniture develops.  Really, it has its base in my life long habit of fantasizing about my grown-up home.  But more so now, I can actually start to think of these things in more practical terms, as my age (my age, not my pay rate) is lending itself greatly to these adult-hood dreams.  I figure when you’re rounding up to 30, that is the time when things of this nature/stature (please, please, please) start to become within grasp.  My level of delusion has a cut-off point, and that’s where this comes in:

If i had less control over my bodily functions, I would be drooling… a lot.

It’s fair to say that recently I have noticed my attraction to things which lend themselves to subtle levels of perplexity.  Perhaps is comes from my analytical nature.  I mean, have you ever seen art nouveau and french country kitchen so well intertwined as in this stunning Chalres Rennie Mackintosh Washstand (1904)?  Oh, where to put it?  I’m thinking in a slender Foyer, next to an embellished hat stand.  Or in a portico pass on the way to your well-loved, white-washed kitchen splayed with vibrantly colored mismatched plates and a well worn, unfinished wooden table with benches instead of chairs.  Various hard covered books are stacked along the bottom shelf, while a large ceramic bowl, a pitcher of water, and the day’s mail lay on the counter top.  Or maybe it could go in the hallway upstairs.

And while we’re at it, I’ll show you some wall-paper I’ve been melting/ obsessing over today:


This clearly will be for the nursery.  My instinct would be to have it for one wall only, perhaps as the backdrop for the rocking chair along with a side table for books.  In the corner: one of those gigantic stuffed animals I always wanted when I was little, like a giraffe.  And to complete the composition, maybe a colorful abstract painting, or either a picturesque window… Oh! better yet, french doors opening up to a petite balcony overlooking a Van Gogh-worthy Landscape.

The latter I’m imagining on a door.  Maybe to a spare bedroom, or a closet.  Either way, the look needs to have some distress to it.  That’s as far as I’ve gotten.  But I do think it lends itself to a variety of options.  I can even imagine using it to mask the unsightly back of a piece of furniture, like the blue chest I have in my room.  Sorry, no pictures available.  If you appreciate wallpaper, and these in particular, I’ll go ahead and send you over to Anthropologie‘s website.  I’m also a really huge fan of the cutlery wallpaper, but that, sadly to say, is definitely out of my price range (like the Mackintosh washstand isn’t…).

Anyway, back to Mackintosh.  He is exactly the type of person/artist I LOVE.  Precisely because he is sooo visionary, that he cannot manage to contain his spirit in one discipline.  A Scottish (Glasgow) Frank Lloyd Wright, if you will, he dabbled in Architecture, Furniture Design,  Stained Glass, Interior Design, Metal Work, Typography, Water Color, among other things, I’m sure.  He, along with three other artists, were responsible for the formation of the “Glasgow School” movement. I implore you to study up on him further, especially since his work was important enough to be commemorated last year on a series of banknotes (the £100 bill) issued by the Scottish Clydesdale Bank.  So, without further adieu, I’ll leave you with some images of his (of him) that I appreciate.

Nice Stash.

[diane]

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Droog Design

I’ll admit that I have yet spent the due amount of time pursuing the droog design website, but I must say I am very very curious. Droog, which means “dry” in Dutch, lends this brand the dada-esque opportunity to serve as a resource for both functional pieces and witty art gallery material. Their most recent showcase, from what I know (and I know little at this point) was at the Museum of Art & Design in New York. I came upon this curiosity while browsing the website of Artkrush, an email magazine that also posts their content on the web.

I’ll leave it up to you to investigate the excitement of art furniture and such, and hope that the following image of the piece Chest of Drawers, 1991 by Tejo Remy entices you into action.

Chest of Drawers

[diane]

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