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Hello, how is everyone doing? I am new here...
Oh man, is this the place for me! There are so many things I like, decor wise. I love art nouveau, art deco, victorian, Japanese design, middle eastern, indian and Arts and Crafts design. I am a student right now but I hope to build a tudor cottage in a mountain community about an hour and a half from where I live now (Lake Arrowdead for all you Southern Californians.)I love to daydream about building the house and decorating it. Here is the home plan I will be most likey be using: http://www.homeplans.com/exec/action/plans/browsemode/details/filter/HStyleID.10%2c11%2c26%3bSQFTMax.1500%3bSQFTMin.1250/hspos/hsnet/page/3/planid/21207/section/homeplans?viewstate=tot.eNozMwMAAKQAbQ%3d%3d
(although it would be honey colored stucco with dark wood trim and diamond panel leaded wndows.) Click the links below the house rendering to see the floorplan. The second floor has a "library alcove" which is what I will make into a dressing alcove, with an Edwardian vanity table, lounge, and this stained glass lamp (or something fairly similar)http://www.willowglen.com/profile.cfm?productID=43184. That particular little room is going to be so pipmed out/luxe/romantic. It will be a good place for lounging and reading trash novels and eating chocolate. Since chimneys are expensive to build, I will have a gas powered stove instead: http://www.hampton-fire.com/Gas/Stoves/H25/index.php (I will have a fake hearth built around it.)
I collect pottery, although I am thinning out my collection a little. I also like vintage fruit crate labels, art glass, Maxfield Parrish, Alphonse Mucha, carnival glass, stained glass, vintage nude postcards/erotica, etc. I love Indian Saris, Japanese Kimono, etc. I love art books too.
I know it probabaly does not strictly count as decor, but I am also in love with Japanese incense.
Have a good day everyone!
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This morning I saw an interesting piece about Eva Zeisel who has been at her particular craft for 80 years. She is a potter/designer who has a couple of shows displaying her work. Exquisite stuff. Many people may not know her name right off the bat but they would be familiar with her work. Crate and Barrel has a line of her stuff from things she created in the early fifties. Not only is she this wickedly talented artist she lead a rather exciting life. She grew up in an intellectual family in Budapest and was privately educated by some of the leading artists of the early 20th century, she lived in the Soviet Union and was their leading industrial designer of pottery, was sent to prison for nearly 2 years because of some trumped up charges. She was accused of a successful attempt to assassinate Stalin. She said when charged, "if it was successful would he not be dead by now?" They didn't take kindly to the humour. She was in solitary confinement during the entire time she was held. Then suddenly one day she was released and had to leave the Soviet Union. She then came to Vienna just as Hitler arrived so she quickly made it to England. She met a man, married and they came to the United States and she proceeded to become a teacher and also design beautiful kitchen things for museums (specifically a set of china for the Museum of Modern Art back in the early fifties) and for people. She is now 98 and still at it. How hip is that?
She said she designs first for usefulness and function and then for beauty. She said what good is something if it is beautiful if it isn't useful as well.

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Something old something new

Where I grew up near my Mother's house there is a really cool Russian Orthodox church. It is fairly tiny (they built it themselves) and they are very much a part of the community. In fact before they were able to build their church and they were raising money and saving to do so, My Parish (the lovely people at Saint Mary's Star of the Sea Cat'lick church) lent them the use of one of the classrooms so they could have a place to worship. It was kind of neat getting a glimpse into something that was similar to my own faith yet getting to know various little differences (they do the sign of the cross the left hand and what not)
One of the cool things I sorta got to know more about were the icons they had. I have always found them to be really beautiful and intriguing. My Mother has a couple that friends have given her over the years. They are vivid in color and often there is a story behind them.

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Happy May day. Let's get crafty.

Years ago I had a really cool Victorian House coloring book (I know that kickadee would like this one a lot) that had pretty things to color and also interesting commentary on the period and explaining details about why people decorated the way they did and some of the social influences.
One thing the book discusses (and also have you color) are shell boxes. It was considered a proper way for a lady of any station (maids included) to spend her time. The basic idea was to take an old cigar box and get crazy with the glue and some shells and some of these boxes were so intricate with the designs that women came up with. It was right up there with scrap-booking. It seems some of these antique shell boxes that random ladies put together can fetch a price of 600 to 1,000 dollars. Sometimes more. It was a fairly simple craft project but was multi-purposed. The idea was to beautify a room but the object was also useful for everyday use. Not only did ladies make boxes, but also pin-cushions, frames and inkwells. The past-time became so popular that women could just purchase a shell kit and spend an afternoon working on making something attractive for their room.

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Hello fellow lovers of all things pretty. I'm Jessie and at the nudging of gfrancie, I'm going to share some of what I know about Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta. Warning! This could get quite long which is why I cut the heck out of it.

A little bit of background on Art Nouveau.Collapse )

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And now the fun part...Pictures!!Collapse )

And that's a little about Victor Horta. I tried to keep this as non-academic as possible so that you didn't all die of boredom. I'd love to hear what everyone thinks of Horta and the style. If you'd like to know more, do a google search for him and you'll find a ton of websites. His former assistant also wrote a book that I found very interesting especially because its full of photos.

Thanks. :)